9 Of The Best Places To Buy Shirts In London

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A classic shirt is a must-have in every man’s wardrobe. So, from Savile Row to Jermyn Street, these are the heritage names across the homes of tailoring to know for great shirting...

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Who? The youngest name on this list, Cad & The Dandy was founded in 2008 by Ian Meiers and James Sleater. They’ve grown the business to a handful of locations across London, landing on Savile Row in 2013.

Why? Its range of smart and casual shirts are hand finished with just-so details that add a luxe touch. Whether you're going fully bespoke or taking something off the peg, every piece has a special feel. Prices are relatively accessible too, with bespoke shirts going from £185.

Visit CadAndTheDandy.co.uk

Who? Dege & Skinner is one of the last family-led businesses left on Savile Row. Arthur Dege and William Skinner launched at the height of the First World War, which informed the military-influenced aesthetic it became known for.

Why? It offers the street’s only on-site bespoke shirt service. Meet its head bespoke shirt cutter Tom Bradbury at 10 Savile Row, choose your fabric, give him your measurements and he’ll hand cut your shirt before it’s made up in Dege & Skinner’s workrooms.

Visit Dege-Skinner.co.uk

Who? Richard James’s aesthetic has always been on the playfully British side of tailoring, helping to make his label a favourite with the likes of David Beckham, Tom Cruise and Jude Law.

Why? Mixing the traditional and the contemporary, Richard James produces modern classic silhouettes – in a range of unique, unusual cloths. Its poplin fabrics are especially good for everyday office wear.

Visit Richard-James.com

Who? Occupying No.1 Savile Row, Gieves & Hawkes might be the most famous of all British tailoring institutions – supplying the Royal Navy and the Army, while holding no fewer than three royal warrants.

Why? One of the first Savile Row houses to embrace ‘off the peg’ back in the 30s, its ready-to-wear range continues to impress today. Look out right now for its new-season cotton-linen regular-fit shirts which offer a modern take on a classic style.

Visit GievesAndHawkes.com

Who? Music and fashion have always been big influences on Edward Sexton. He dressed the likes of Mick Jagger and Andy Warhol back in the day. Now, having just opened a new flagship store back on Savile Row, he’s got the likes of Harry Styles interested in his ever-so-slightly rebellious style.

Why? This is classic tailoring with just a hint of an edge. Shirts are offered in luxurious seasonal fabrics – go bespoke for something truly personalised or pick from a capsule of ready-to-wear pieces with Sexton’s signature collar and cuffs.

Visit EdwardSexton.co.uk

Who? It might have been established in 1885, but Turnbull & Asser embraces modernity, often delving into its archives and reworking its classics. Today, it’s got a flagship on Jermyn Street, but head to its bespoke store around the corner on Bury Street for the full experience.

Why? If there is only one true English shirtmaker, it might well be Turnbull & Asser. Down the years, customers have ranged from Sir Winston Churchill and James Bond to the new King Charles III. All shirts are made to the highest standard, using Italian fabrics.

Visit TurnbullAndAsser.co.uk

Who? Another tailoring brand with a long history as a military supplier, Huntsman moved to its current location on Savile Row around a century ago. It made waves more recently when its store was used as a key location in Hollywood’s Kingsman series of spy films.

Why? Shirtmaking is an important part of Huntsman’s history, with bespoke shirts cut in-house for most of the 20th century. It recently reintroduced this service, alongside some ready-to-wear options that are slightly easier on the wallet.

Visit HuntsmanSavileRow.com

Who? Established in 1910, Budd is one of London’s most reputable shirtmakers. All designs are cut on the top floor of its iconic store in Piccadilly Arcade and its one of the last brands to still practise traditional cutting methods – no computers allowed.

Why? Budd creates great, classic shirts you can pick up or buy online, but it also offers bespoke and made-to-measure services, putting a century’s worth of knowledge and know-how into crafting the perfect piece just for you.

Visit BuddShirts.co.uk

Who? The doyenne of men’s shirts, Emma Willis is the name to know for classic shirting. Her designs aren’t cheap but there’s a reason for that: this Jermyn Street icon delivers timeless styles that work hard and last.

Why? Winter shirts are a speciality. The brand’s ‘cashmerello’ line (15% cashmere, 85% fine Swiss cotton mix) is breathable but still adds a little extra protection from the elements.

Visit EmmaWillis.com

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