Jermyn Street, traditionally the heart of London’s shirt making industry, has very few family-owned firms left. A few, however, do remain in business. One of these is Harvie and Hudson.
Harvie and Hudson has been under family ownership since 1949, and sells mainly shirts, ties and formal accessories. While bespoke shirts are the mainstay of their business, they also sell ready-to-wear ones. With a lack of decent double-cuff shirts in my wardrobe, I decided to give one of their slim-fit models a try.
I ordered this blue Bengal stripe shirt online for £49 (ex. shipping). While it is not quite as tailored as some “high-fashion” slim-fit shirts, it’s certainly much better than the Thomas Pink and Charles Tyrwhitt efforts that I’ve bought in the past. The shirt sleeves are a baggier than I would have liked, but that’s probably because I’m a bit scrawny about the biceps.
The cotton fabric used is of a decent quality for the price. In fact, it’s better than the fabric I’ve seen in shirts that cost twice as much. The collar is stiff without being constricting: it can easily see through a working day without going limp.
I really hope that Harvie and Hudson decide to widen the range of slim-fit shirts that they offer. At present they only come with double-cuffs, and the choice of fabrics offered pales in comparison to their classic-fit range. Blue tattersall check with button cuffs, please!