Turnbull & Asser, established in St James’s in 1885, is well-known as a shirtmaker, and counts the likes of Churchill and Picasso among its customers. In 1974’s The Great Gatsby, starring Robert Redford, the famous ‘shirt’ scene features the firm’s styles, and Sean Connery wears one of theirs in Dr. No – a model the company still makes.
Turnbull & Asser is also known for its colours and if you use its bespoke shirtmaking service you can choose from some 2,000 fabrics. But in our book the most useful purchase is a plain white model. Made from 34 pieces of fine cloth with iridescent mother-of-pearl buttons, the white shirts come in a number of different textures.
The neutral colour means they function perfectly as blank canvasses. We’ve gone for a blue theme, but frankly, anything works. There are also a variety of collars and cuffs, which to paraphrase 007 in Diamonds are Forever, always match.
Cotton shirt, £255; silk tie, £125
Mac, £795; shirt, £195; silk tie, £125
Jacket (part of suit), £1,950; shirt, £195; silk tie, £125
Coat, £795; shirt, £185; silk tie, £125
Blazer, £945; shirt, £185; silk tie, £125
Five ways to wear
Photography: Roger Rich
Fashion director: Jo Levin
Photo assistant: Matt Foxley
Fashion assistant: Marina Hambro
Location: Modus PR
Model: Ben Smith