Harry Stedman Button-Down Shirts
When we think about the button-down, it's hard to believe that a style that is so ingrained in menswear today was not fully realised until the turn of the 20th century. 100 years ago the look was exclusive to British Polo players, who buttoned their collars down for functionality, not fashion.
Upon visiting England in 1900, John Brooks, of shirt empire Brooks Brothers, noticed the unusual buttoned down collars during a polo match and took the style home with him to New York. Though it has long since been accepted as a menswear staple, we wanted to reestablish the piece as a luxury item, something that is as much desired as it is necessary.
"We wanted to pay homage to this golden age of menswear and emulate the sense of effortless old-Hollywood cool that goes with a delicately crumpled shirt..."
The impact of men’s fashion during the 1950s was prominent in our design of the product. We wanted to pay homage to this golden age of menswear and emulate the sense of effortless old-Hollywood cool that goes with a delicately crumpled shirt.
Traditional aspects of our design, like the 6 button front placket, locker loop and box pleat, were crucial in keeping a true 50s feel. As an additional reminder of the button-down’s history, we’ve also kept the rear neck button that would’ve secured the shirt’s once detachable collar.
"our aim was not to simply reproduce a 1950s shirt, but make it ideal for modern day man..."
We hope our button-down design is able to bring the shirt’s sartorial importance back into focus as well as highlight the importance of such an iconic menswear piece. Whether your look is suit and tie or romantic and (slightly) scruffy, Harry Stedman’s style is best worn.
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