The High Collar


Forgive the late post. I had a meeting this morning and popped into my tailor’s to have a head shot done for a local magazine article. What luck! While I was there one of the two shirts I ordered was ready and waiting for me to try on.

Shirts and I, custom or not, have an uneasy relationship. I usually have a funny wrinkle extending diagonally down from the collar along the front of the shirt to the placket. Drives me to distraction. And getting a collar that fits correctly for someone who is head forward with a skinny neck is no fun either. Did I mention thin wrists that swim in normal cuffs? And then there is the lack of choice of fabric, patterns, cuffs, collars, etc. . Custom is clearly the way to go for me, and I hope that bespoke will be in the offing not too far into the future. But for the moment, for less than the price of an off-the-rack designer shirt like a Canali (which fits me pretty well), I have this beauty.

What makes it different from any other contrast collar pink Dobby? The collar height is the highest that the company makes. The neckband is a full inch wide in front, the back hovers at a Lagerfeldian 2 ¼ at the inside back band it’s 1 7/8”. We kept a small tie space of ¼” between the 3″ rounded points. The buttons are extra-thick, even at the tabbed cuff. And it is monogrammed inside the collar at the back.


Stay tuned for the cocktail cuff, spread collar.

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