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A SHIRT is a cloth garment for the upper body. Originally an undergarment worn exclusively by men, it has become, in American English, a catch-all term for almost any upper-body garment other than outerwear such as sweaters, coats, jackets, or undergarments such as bras, vests or base layers. In British English, a shirt is more specifically a garment with a collar, sleeves with cuffs and a full vertical opening with buttons. (North Americans would call that a "dress shirt", a specific type of "collared shirt".)

The world's oldest preserved garment, discovered by Flinders Petrie, is a "highly sophisticated" linen shirt from a First Dynasty Egyptian tomb at Tarkan, ca. 3000B.C. : "the shoulders and sleeves have been finely pleated to give form-fitting trimness while allowing the wearer room to move. The small fringe formed during weaving along one edge of the cloth has been placed by the designer to decorate the neck opening and side seam."

The shirt was an item of men's underwear until the twentieth century. Although the woman's chemise was a closely related garment to the man's, it is the man's garment that became the modern shirt. In the Middle Ages it was a plain, undyed garment worn next to the skin and under regular garments. In medieval artworks, the shirt is only visible (uncovered) on humble characters, such as shepherds, prisoners, and penitents. In the seventeenth century men's shirts were allowed to show, with much the same erotic import as visible underwear today. In the eighteenth century, instead of underpants, men "relied on the long tails of shirts ... to serve the function of drawers. Eighteenth century costume historian Joseph Strutt believed that men who did not wear shirts to bed were indecent. Even as late as 1879, a visible shirt with nothing over it was considered improper.

The shirt sometimes had frills at the neck or cuffs. In the sixteenth century, men's shirts often had embroidery, and sometimes frills or lace at the neck and cuffs, and through the eighteenth century long neck frills, or jabots, were fashionable. Colored shirts begin to appear in the early nineteenth century, as can be seen in the paintings of George Caleb Bingham. They were considered casual wear, for lower class workers only, until the twentieth century. For a gentleman, "to wear a sky-blue shirt was unthinkable in 1860 but had become standard by 1920 and, in 1980, constituted the most commonplace event."

European and American women began wearing shirts in 1860, when the Garibaldi shirt, a red shirt as worn by the freedom fighters under Giuseppe Garibaldi, was popularized by Empress Eugénie of France. At the end of the 19th century, the Century Dictionary described an ordinary shirt as "of cotton, with linen bosom, wristbands and cuffs prepared for stiffening with starch, the collar and wristbands being usually separate and adjustable".

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COLLAR STAYS are smooth, rigid strips of metal (such as brass, stainless steel, or sterling silver), horn, baleen, mother of pearl, or plastic, rounded at one end and pointed at the other, inserted into specially made pockets on the underside of a man's shirt collar to stabilize the collar’s points. The stays ensure that the collar lies flat against the collarbone, looking crisp and remaining in the correct place. Collar stays should be removed from shirts before dry cleaning or pressing, but then should always be put back by the dry cleaning company.

A SHIRT STUD is a decorative fastener that fits onto a buttonhole on the front of a pleated shirt, or onto the starched bib of a stiff-front shirt. Such shirts have special buttonholes solely for shirt studs. A shirt stud may be fashioned from alloys, precious metals, and gemstones—materials uncommon to buttons sewn on shirts. The stud may have an inlay, such as of pearl or onyx. Dress code of the modern western world reserves shirt studs for men's formal wear and some semi-formal occasions. In the western world, shirt studs were first used in the mid-19th century, when some shirt fronts were too stiff to close with buttons. So remains the case for the heavily starched, modern full dress shirts worn with white tie.

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  • ALAN FLUSSER BESPOKE - "Permanent Style." New York City.
  • ALEXANDER KABBAZ - designer of Gordon Gekko's (Michael Douglas') shirts.
  • ANTHONY SINCLAIR - 34 Montagu Square, London W1H 2LJ, U.K.
  • Antonio Valente - "High quality custom and bespoke shirts." Proudly designed and manufactured in Canada.
  • ASCOT CHANG - since 1953. "Our bespoke shirts are made up of at least 25 different components and we provide a multitude of distinct choices and options for each one. With over 5,000 fabrics, 20 collar and cuff styles, 10 collar lining options, 24 monogram styles, and 30 monogram thread colors, style combinations are limited only by your imagination." Head office: Kowloon, Hong Kong. United States office: 110 Central Park South, New York City, NY 10019.
  • BARRINGTON AYRE - "Luxury Made in England." Bespoke & tailored shirts.
  • BENSON & CLEGG - founded in 1937. 9 Piccadilly Arcade, London, U.K. Made-to-measure shirts.
  • Blackpier - "Bespoke Suits and Shirts Online for Men." Design your garment, customize it and measure yourself in 10 minutes. Within 15 working days you will receive your order at home.
  • Bowring Arundel - "One of the longest established and most respected English bespoke shirtmakers Bowring Arundel was added to New & Lingwood, 53 Jermyn Street, London."
  • BRIONI - since 1945. "Brioni Bespoke service is available for suits, tuxedos, jackets, coats, formal shirts and ties."
  • Bruli - Swiss Made - "My Shirt." We offer tailor made shirts to our most demanding customers. Unlike other companies, our philosophy is to provide truly custom service. Each individual part of the shirt can be changed and customised. The customer not only has a piece of clothing made according to his perfect size (taken from measurements) but it will also be made according to his choices of buttonholes, buttons, stitching, collar size, etc.
  • BYRNE & BURGE - 11 St. George Street, London, U.K. Made to order shirts.
  • CAD & THE DANDY - 12 Savile Row. Founded in 2008. "For many, the bespoke shirt is a perfect introduction to the luxury world of fine tailoring. Cad & The Dandy only use premium quality cotton shirtings and have hundreds of designs, colours and weights to choose from."
  • CamiserÍa Burgos - founded in 1912. Cedaceros 2, 28014 Madrid, Spain. "Shirts tailored for demanding people who want style and the highest craftsman in its clothing." Choose from scores of shirting materials, poplins, voiles, linens, and sea island cottons to name but a few. We take 10 measures and perform a single patron. We cut and sew the shirt with traditional methods. You select the type of collar, cuffs and the buttons, with or without pockets ... and so on. We have no design limitation you can define the style you want.
  • CHARVET - founded 1838. French high-end shirt maker and tailor located at 28 place Vendôme in Paris, France.
    • List of Charvet customers - its list of customers is notable for its time span, Charvet existing since 1838 and having been the first shirt store ever, and as a paradigm of an international "aristo-dandy crossover community". In the 19th century, the shirtmaker both specialized in "royal haberdashery" and attracted the patronage of artists. In the 20th century, with the development of fashion design, designers and fashion journalists became a significant customer group. Some other customers' interest in the brand has become a notable aspect of their personality.
  • D’AVINO SHIRTS - "The Zenith of Visiting Italians." Visits London regularly.
  • DEGE & SKINNER - Savile Row bespoke shirt making.
  • DENMAN & GODDARD - estabished 1797. "One of Savile Row’s foremost Bespoke Tailors." Bespoke and ready made cotton shirts.
  • EMMETT LONDON - 112 Jermyn Street, London, U.K. Emmett is at the forefront of Made to Measure shirts with over 500 fabrics and 60 collar/cuffs combinations to choose from. Our made to order service allows us to tailor to your needs where you are able to turn a shirt into something that is truly personal to you from fit to fabric.
  • Ettemadis - The Hague, The Netherlands. "Our bespoke shirts have been the cornerstone for Ettemadis and are the backdrop to our suits. Carrying the best cloth and offering limitless choice in collars and cuffs for all of the different faces and contexts."
  • GILIBERTO DESIGNS - since 1979. "Custom made shirts NYC." Nothing looks or feels better than a shirt made just for you. With over 300 fabrics to choose from, we guarantee that we'll make you a shirt that feels like no other you have ever worn. We can make shirts for any occasion.
  • GIORGIO ARMANI - the Armani Collezioni Made To Measure collection is available in Armani Collezioni stores and select department store areas.
  • Giovanni Rosmini - Italian shirts since 1972. Customize your shirt.
  • GITMAN BROS. - since 1978. "Gitman Customized Shirts are designed by you and custom made in the U.S.A." The Gitman custom program allows you to choose from dozens of beautiful fabrics from the world’s finest mills and create a product that is uniquely your own. Simply select the options you want and we’ll take care of the rest.
  • IKE BEHAR - "Custom Express." C.E.O Program - Custom Express Originals. Made in the U.S.A. Make your own shirt by simply selecting...
  • ITAILOR - since 1971. "Create your own Custom Shirts for US$29.95. Unlimited selections. Over a million designs and styles!"
  • J. LUCAS CLOTHIERS - "Custom Made Shirts for Men and Women."
  • Lanieri - "Italians Do Fit Better." Start your journey by selecting the fabric that you like the most and create your very own bespoke shirts. Made in Italy.
  • Larusmiani Milano - "Handmade in Italy since 1922."
  • Le Noeud Papillon - "Bespoke & Made To Measure Shirts Using Fine Cotton." From standard plain and twill weaves right through to Sea Island fine cotton shirting, we have all fabrics available to us from the best mills in England, Italy and Switzerland.
  • Lewis & Taylor - Custom Dress Shirts. "We are based in Hong Kong, which is a global centre of excellence for custom dress shirt manufacture with access to the best 2 ply cotton from Europe and Asia. We use only the best fabrics such as Thomas Mason and Monti to ensure that you feel great wearing your custom designed shirt. We look to focus on the needs of the shirt wearer with an emphasis on classic styles. Our customers are mainly in the USA, Canada, UK and Australia but we get requests from all over the world."
  • LISTE ROUGE - "Since 1938, the company Liste Rouge has continued the tradition of 'the shirt made in France' from their workshop based in Normandy." Made-to-measure shirts.
  • loro piana - since 1924. "The classic made-to-measure service extends to formal shirts that can be made from a choice of more than 500 of the finest fabrics in the best cottons and linens available on the market and further personalized by a choice in collars, cuffs, fits, and the addition of a personally embroidered and discreetly placed monogram."
  • Mason & sons - "Michael Fish was one of the most famous shirtmakers in the world, famously fitting Sean Connery with his cocktail-cuff shirts for his inaugural role as James Bond in "Dr. No". The Mr. Fish X Sinclair collection of shirts are available in three cuff types, two lengths, and in a choice of white or blue fine-twill cotton."
  • MASTER TAILOR - "The shirts are tailored to the high quality standards of Jermyn Street by one of Europe's top shirt houses using the latest cutting and production technology."
  • - since 1970. "Hong Kong's finest Custom Tailors." Completely hand made to measure shirt brings a commitment to craft and high quality tailoring to life. Our new hand made to measure line allows a client access to thousands of fabrics, and invites him to become part of the design process; the result is a truly exclusive and unique suit, customised to his specifications.
  • NERONOTE - "Your perfect Italian shirt." The design-it-yourself shirt. Made-to-measure comfort and personalised design made easy and convenient. Made in Italy, just for you.
  • NEW & LINGWOOD - 53 Jermyn Street, London, U.K. "Experience the luxury and pleasure of the perfect fitting shirt."
  • NORTON & SONS - since 1821. 6 Savile Row, London W1S 3PL, U.K. "To complement our bespoke tailoring we offer made to measure and bespoke shirt-making services. Our shirt-maker has over 30 years experience and our shirts are cut from a hand drafted individual pattern."
  • OwnOnly - "Custom Men's Tailoring for your online shopping shipped direct to our customers."
  • Piacemolto Milano - "Create your own shirt." Design your own Piacemolto shirt in just 5 simple steps.
  • PRO INDUSTRIAL CO. - "Our custom mode shirts are made with 100% cotton of the highest thread quality fabric used. We are able to do any kind of color, cuff, front pocket, back pocket and bottom styles possible."
  • SAVILE ROW CUSTOM TAILORS BANGKOK - "Our custom mode shirts are made with 100% cotton of the highest thread quality fabric used. We are able to do any kind of color, cuff, front pocket, back pocket and bottom styles possible."
  • SEAN O'FLYNN - "Making Shirts for Over 35 Years." A Sean O'Flynn shirt is a truly bespoke garment, constructed using the traditional techniques and processes of Jermyn Street . Every customer is fully measured, followed by a consultation that includes a discussion on style , fit and the selecting fabric. Sean then personally drafts the customer's own individual paper pattern. A sample shirt is made, with the customer returning for a fitting, once the shirt has been worn and laundered. If required at this point, Sean will amend the customer's pattern.
  • Signature Bespoke - "Luxury Bespoke Clothing." With branches in Liverpool and Savile Row, we offer made to measure, luxury, bespoke clothing for men, including suits, shirts and shoes.
  • SOUSTER & HICKS - "Dedicated to the Art of Bespoke Tailoring Since 1966." Made to measure men's shirts: Should you need shirts for business, casual holiday shirts or a head turning going out shirt, Souster and Hicks have a huge selection of fabrics, trims and styling options available to cover any occasion.
  • STENSTRÖMS - "With our Custom Made concept we give you the opportunity to create your own Stenströms shirt according to your personal measurements and preferences."
  • STUART LAMPRELL - 6 Sackville Street, London, U.K. Bespoke shirts.
  • Tailor4Less - "Affordable elegance." Founded in 2008, Tailor4Less has been created to bring tailored suits and shirts all over the world. We are the link between master tailors from Shanghai and you. Custom shirts from US$59.
  • The Custom Shop Clothiers - since 1937. "Custom Shirts - Build Your Own." The Custom Shop has had the pleasure of servicing many top professionals, distinguished political figures, T.V. personalities and many more well know men across the country and the world.
  • THOMAS PINK - since 1984. Owner: LVMH. 85 Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6JD, U.K. "Experience the Art of the Shirt." Thomas Pink invites you to discover a Shirt as Distinctive as the Gentleman who Wears it. Attention to detail and appreciation for the finest materials are part and parcel of our Personally Pink service. Personally Pink now offers a choice of more than 200 fabrics from the best mills in the world and our made in UK service delivers an immaculate shirt in three weeks.
  • TURNBULL & ASSER - established 1885. 71-72 Jermyn St, London SW1Y 6PF, U.K. "There are few experiences more satisfying than pulling on a crisply laundered shirt that's been made for you, and you alone. Thanks to our precise measurements and exclusive fabrics, each bespoke design is a one-of-a-kind treasure that will last a lifetime. Over 1,000 different shirt fabrics alone are available to customers who wish to express their individuality through the clothes they wear. We take 18 body measurements, taking into account posture and any other special requirements you may have."
  • UDESHI - made to measure & bespoke shirts. Shirts £255 (minimum 5).
  • Unico - the new and exclusive made-to-measure service that offers the ANGELO GALASSO customer a new dimension in menswear – Italian traditional craftsmanship, combined with Angelo Galasso’s fastidious eye for detail. Naturally, no ANGELO GALASSO project would be complete without his signature high-collared shirt – every single element of the garment can be made to the client specification, from the cuffs to the contrast stitching and gold buttons engraved with the wearer initials will provide the finishing touch to what many have described as works of art.
  • Universal Tailors - "Leading custom and bespoke tailor in Thailand." Each of our shirts is expertly sewn by a single tailor to your exact measurements, ensuring an exceptional fit and comfort. Hand made from finest cotton shirtings, each of our bespoke shirts is the ultimate in premium quality.
  • VAN LAACK - "Perfect Look." Made to measure. Experience the first van Laack shirt that prevents wrinkles. The refined Swiss-made two-ply yarns smoothen themselves consistently while being worn defying the hectic pace of the day. The most beautiful side-effect is the time saved through the minimal and easy care it needs.
  • WESSEX - "We have the expertise to work with customers to produce thier own ranges and products which include own label."
  • W.H. TAYLOR SHIRTMAKERS - since 2006. "The Home of individually handmade quality bespoke shirts."
  • WILLIAM WESTMANCOTT - "Savile Row Tailor." An incredible amount of time and craftsmanship is used to cut, sew and perfect each shirt. On your first appointment, we will discuss your wants and needs and then you will look through the appropriate selections of shirt fabrics. We will discuss style and fit and I will take your measures and make a record of all of your specifications for your shirts.
    Collar Stays / Stiffeners & Collar Bars
  • Allen Edmonds Würkin Stiffs Magnetic Power Stays.
  • ALLEN EDMONDS - since 1922. "An American Original."
  • ASPINAL OF LONDON - since 1999. Stirling silver collar stiffeners.
  • CARLO FRANCO - since 2003. "Made in Italy." Genuine mother of pearl collar stays.
  • CHARLES TYRWHITT - since 1986. Jermyn Street, London. Collar stays.
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  • CROMBIE - since 1805. Gold plated collar stays.
  • Dunhill Solid Silver Collar Stiffeners: US$150.
  • DUNHILL London - since 1893. Solid Silver Collar Stiffeners.
  • Gentleman's Gazette - Collar Pins & Bars.
  • Geo F. Trumper Sterling Silver Collar Stiffeners: £65.
  • Geo F. Trumper - Sterling Silver Collar Stiffeners.
  • GRESHAM BLAKE - since 2000. Collar Stiffener.
  • HILDITCH & KEY - since 1899. Mother of Pearl & Sterling Silver Collar Stays.
  • Indchino The Essential Gold Collar Pin: US$39.
  • Indochino - collar pins.
  • Jan Leslie Collar Stays & Leather Case Combination: US$175.
  • JAN LESLIE - "Stay Stiff. Jan Leslie's collar stays keep you looking crisp. Your COLLAR!"
  • CEDES Milano 3 Pocket Brown Crocodile Collar Stay Holder: US$175.
  • Kirby Allison's Hanger Project - Luxury Collar Stays.
  • Lorenzi Milano Large collar stiffeners set.
  • Lorenzi Milano - Large mother of pearl collar stiffeners sets.
  • PENHALIGON'S - established London 1870. Sterling silver collar stiffeners.
  • Piacemolto Milano - "Collar stay made of mother of pearl, to add a touch of class to your shirts."
  • TATEOSSIAN London - since 1990. Collar Stiffeners in Black Mother of Pearl, Carbon Fibre, Rhodium Plating & Sterling Silver.
  • Theo Fennell Sterling Silver Collar Stiffeners: £60.
  • Theo Fennell - since 1982. "Our Silverware is all made in England by our absolutely brilliant Silversmiths who keep this great British tradition alive."
  • Thomas Pink Brass Collar Bones: £20.
  • THOMAS PINK - since 1984. Jermyn Street, London, U.K. Collar Bones. "Keep those collars looking tip-top with a pair of sturdy collar bones, specifically designed for our semi cutaway collars."
  • Turnbull & Asser Sterling Silver Collar Stays: £130.
  • Turnbull & Asser Bone Collar Stays in Black Leather Lined Red Suede Tray: £60.
  • TURNBULL & ASSER - since 1885. "Made in England." 71-72 Jermyn Street, London, U.K. Collar Stays. "The most important accessory you'll never see, collar stays are essential for keeping shirts stiff and smart. Our collection includes bone, mother-of-pearl and sterling silver styles."
  • Tyler & Tyler diffusion enamel black metal finish collar stiffeners 4 pairs leather pouch: £55.
  • TYLER & TYLER - since 2008. Collar stiffeners.
  • UDESHI London - Sterling Silver & Titanium Collar Stays.
  • WÜRKIN STIFFS - "Get the funk ot of your collar." Jonathan Boos started Würkin Stiffs from his home in 2006 with his invention of The Only Magnetic Collar Stays, now named Power Stays.
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