Why are our shirts special?
All WH Taylor luxury shirts are handmade and constructed to the highest standards and contain many special features. These features include fabric designs that are matched exactly at all points to provide flowing seamless lines. The removable collar stiffeners keep your collar flat and smooth, whilst the two piece yolk comes together at an angle to create perfectly smooth lines across your shoulders. The two piece (non-fused) collar is cut so it allows the joining edge between the band and the top elliptical to provide a ‘spring’ when sewn together, which gives the collar a natural tendency to turn and stay down. Only the finest two fold cotton poplin fabrics are used in our shirts, complimented by real pearl buttons for their translucent elegance. Our shirts are constructed using fine stitching, which achieves strong and elegant seams. To provide extra luxury single needle stitching is used, albeit costly, it produces a very fine but strong seam. The gauntlet consists of two pieces of fabric that prevents gaping therefore removing the use of a small button in the gauntlet, which would be a cheaper option. The cuffs are rounded to prevent catching on the edge of your jacket. To provide movement across your hips the lowest button hole is stitched horizontal. All buttons are sewn using crossed lockstitches, which prevents them from becoming loose. A butterfly gusset on our regular fit shirts provides added strength and contours the back tail of the shirt.
What collar styles can I choose?
We have various as below.
In addition, we also have the standard cuff options, we also have the 'Stove Pipe' cuff available to choose as standard (see image).
Do we make Short sleeve shirts?
Our shirts come in various combinations of your choice. You can order your shirts with Short Sleeves. Just choose your collar size and select Short Sleeve from the Sleeve length option.
What is a Placket?
A dress shirt front placket is the most common dress shirt front style and is that standard for our shirts as shown the product images. The fabric is folded back over and sewn with a fused interlining to give it that crisp, dressy appeal. You’ll rarely, if ever, go wrong with this on a business shirt. The Plain (or French) front is a popular placket style that features no fold back placket. It has a cleaner appeal to it. It can be slightly more difficult to iron than the standard front placket, but works well on both business and casual shirts. Where as the Concealed or 'Fly Front' is a more formal style placket with an extra piece that covers up the buttons on the front of the shirt. Commonly used for tuxedo shirts, this certainly will give your shirt a very dressed-up look.
Are our shirts hand made?
All of our shirts are workroom made, using the same single needle sewing machines that we have always used and as you would use at home. The shirts are also finished by hand. For our ladies’ shirts sewing types will vary according to the design.
What type of cotton is used in our shirts?
Our clothes used are from the most well-respected British shirting mills* that specializes in bold and patterns and weaves, they also have a very deep collection of basics and staples designs. They are a major supplier to many of the traditional tailors and have gained the reputation as a high-quality and reliable cloth producer.
The majority of our shirts are made from 2-fold 100% cotton poplin with 100’s (standard 105 grams/m2) and 140-200's (Superfine 100 grams/m2) thread count. All the poplin cotton fabric is made from two fold both warp and weft. The number describes the thickness of the yarn. Lower yarn number indicates a thicker yarn, whereas higher yarn numbers are indicative of finer yarns, shirts made from higher yarns are generally more expensive. Where as the ply refers to the number of yarns used in the weaving process. Two Ply indicates the twisting of two yarns together to form a single yarn before weaving. Fabrics made from two ply yarn are of higher quality than those made from single yarn. Because fabric is woven using yarns in two directions referred to as ‘warp’ for vertical and ‘weft’ for horizontal.
- POPLIN - The “Stock in Trade” of quality English shirtmaking. Poplin describes a smooth finished weave that is both comfortable and durable. This weave tends to gives the surface colours prominence, making poplin excellent for the sharp checks, stripes and end on ends in which we specialize. A plain weave, but a coarser weft than warp gives pronounced rib.
- TWO FOLD - Mainly relates to poplin whereby two yarns are twisted (folded) together to give added durability. A single piece of string can be broken but two pieces platted together cannot. This principle allows the yarns to be spun much more finely coupling quality with strength.
- END ON END - A weave whereby the Warp yarn is one colour and the Weft another. When a colour is mixed with white the effect is of a subtle plain colour. When two different colours are mixed a strong vibrant plain colour is produced.
- HERRINGBONE – A twill weave normally made using a softer yarn that runs in lines of opposing direction giving a zigzag effect. Yarns lay on the surface giving this fabric a particularly lustrous look. Reputedly so named because it resembles the varying diagonals of a fish’s backbone.
- OXFORD - a plain, relatively open weave which is semi-formal. This is a slightly thicker fabric than poplin.
*excludes some shirt offers and multi-packs which may use an equivalent alternative source.
How do you care for your W.H.Taylor shirt?
Remove collar stiffeners before washing. To keep your shirt in optimal condition, machine wash your shirt at no more than 40 degrees Celsius . Our shirts can either be spun or rung dry, but not tumble-dried. It is preferable to iron your shirt whilst slightly damp, as this makes ironing easier. Moisten with a water spray if ironing your shirt from dry. Do not starch cuffs or collars as this will reduce your shirt's lifespan. Don't forget to replace your collar stiffeners to keep your shirt looking its best.
Will your new shirt shrink at all?
All our fabrics are pre-shrunk. We allow approximately one centimetre extra in the collar and the sleeves for further settling of the fabric that may occur.
Do we do Monogamming?
We use a specialist company for any monogram requirements. Owing to the nature and many options avaialable, the charges vary and due to this its not easy to impliment on site. If you have a requirement then before ordering, please contact us with your requirement and we can impliment an online quote for you to accept.
Our Shirts are always made to order, the measurements are adjusted according to the fit selected by you and measurements will be within accepted tolerance ranges. Please note that we add a certain amount of fabric to our garments during production to adjust for the shrinkage that can occur during the first few washes of a garment. The amount added depends very much on the fabric itself and can therefore vary. In some cases visible chalk marks or marks from ironing can be left on the garment which usually disappear without any extra treatment during the first wash. Garments made from different rolls of fabric may differ slightly in shade of colour due to normal variations in the dyeing process.
Best knot for your tie?
‘4 in Hand’ knot is recommended for our shirts as this knot as it can be used with Classic, Button Down and Cutaway Collars to give a professional and sophisticated look. ‘Full Windsor’ knot is recommended this knot be worn with a Cutaway Collar. ‘Half Windsor’ This knot can be used with the Classic or Button Down Collar but is best suited to the Cutaway Collar.
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Why are our ties so special?
All of our ties are made out of 100% Pure Silk which is woven in England. The quality of the silk is exceptional. The reason we stress 100% Pure Silk is that many woven silks from Italy, which are used by many people, are known as "Weighted Silk". What they do is coat the silk with a metal to give it the impression of being heavier than it actually is. In our case, there is no weighting of the silk used. It is the real thing. To ensure our ties are the best we also hand make each tie in England.