Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Doherty Evans & Stott - Chambray and Flannel Shirts
Doherty Evans & Stott — Shirts and Shirting
Legendary Mancunian outfitters Doherty Evans & Stott have chosen some exquisite shirting fabrics for their own-label shirts. (I tried to cajole DES into putting someone forward for our Pin-Up series a while back. They were having none of it. You win some, you lose some.)
The cotton chambray shirt above is made in England from Thomas Mason shirting. I'm feeling the softness in the picture. You really want to put the shirt on don't you? Thomas Mason was a Lancashire mill that was founded in 1746 and specialised in the manufacture of cotton shirting. The brand became part of the Italian Albini Group in 1992, and production moved to Bergamo, Italy. I spent a nice weekend in Bergamo one time; the city has a splendid funicular to transport you between the 'upper city' and 'lower city'. Albini are custodians of the extensive Thomas Mason archive, which would be interesting to see.
Flannel shirts might conjure up images of plaid or tattersall, yet below we have a white flannel shirt from DES. The shirt is made in England again, but from Alumo flannel of the classic 80/20 cotton/wool flannel ratio. Alumo is a Swiss shirting manufacturer that uses the finest 'ingredients' to produce its shirting — extra-long staple Egyptian cotton, Sea Island cotton; the good stuff that reflects in the finish, drape and feel of the shirting.