A silk shirt can be a tricky thing to pull off for a man, but if anyone can cut one with credibility it’s Mayfair’s Turnbull & Asser. The tailoring house is about to launch five new shirt designs, available in an edition of just 30 each. Four of the designs are made from “peace silk” which is sandwashed and woven from thread harvested after the silkworm has left its cocoon naturally.
The collection incorporates two regular-fit shirts with the signature T&A collar – constructed without an interlining to ensure it’s more comfortable around the neck – and three-button cuffs (in burgundy and cream), two tailored-fit pleated-front dress shirts (in cream and navy), and a printed paisley shirt with a Kent collar and two-button cuffs inspired by archive photographs of Mick Jagger. The entire collection channels some of the Rolling Stones’s louche 1970s aesthetic.
“I love that silk shirts aren’t instantly thought of as menswear, yet they are so masculine and beautiful when worn,” says Becky French, Turnbull & Asser’s creative director. “As a shirtmaker, we love nothing more than to play with fabrics and show our capabilities beyond business shirts. We have created three styles that show off the skills of our in-house makers, including hand-manipulated pleats. We’ve always had a loyal customer for silk shirts in bespoke and we wanted to extend that offer to our ready-to-wear customer.”
The limited-edition shirts, starting at £395, will be available from October 19 in-store at Turnbull & Asser and online, as well as through Mr Porter.