Not the cheapest out there, but the John Simons 1960s ivy Oxford shirts have authenticity to the fore.
Of course, there are the Graham Marsh Vintage Ivy Collection shirts at Kamakura, but you’ll be paying big on postage for those. And both ranges offer something entirely of their own. In this case, the eye of ivy league legend John Simons.
A man who has been selling clothes in the ivy league tradition for decades and is the living embodiment of the ivy league movement in the UK. No one is better placed to make or recreate this kind of shirt.
So he has done just that with the Ivy Shirt in a range of colours, but all using the same template, based on key details of favoured shirts of the 1950s and 1960s.
Those details are the ‘generous collar roll’, which is finished with ‘The Ivy League Spearpoint collar’. The latter is a feature often used on shirts from the ‘Jivy Ivy’ period in the later part of the 1960s. When worn open, the collar rolls beautifully due to omitting any lining from the collar and placket.
Beyond that, there’s a seven-button front (inspired by the likes of Gant, Sero and Troy Guild shirt-makers in the 1960s) plus ‘gradually tapering tails’ inspired by Truval and its Career Club line.
Constructed from 100% Oxford cotton, which has been woven in Lancashire, the shirts are made in London and finished with Gauntlet buttons, a single cuff button, a box pleat, and a locker loop.
As for the fit, each has a traditional 1960s cut with tapered tails and fits true to size (but check the size guide on the site). Those sizes go all the way up to 4XL.
Plenty of colours and sizes are currently available (as they have just landed), with each selling for £120.
Via His Knibs