With the exquisitely crafted white-on-white mini square shirt, Turnbull & Asser offer a timeless alternative to the classic white staple.
A traditional formal/office wardrobe doesn’t differ too much from man to man — black shirt, white shirt, blue shirt, black suit, navy suit and so on. So it’s important to find those extra special details and differences that will help set you apart from the rest of the meeting room.
Turnbull & Asser boasts an impressive 123 year heritage as a premium gentleman’s shirt maker and tailor — and if you don’t believe me, check the Royal Warrant as proof of their mastery in the field. Having produced shirts for almost every man of note in the world over the last century, including The Royal family, Prime Ministers, Presidents, actors, musicians and the like, owning a piece from Turnbull & Asser is to own a piece of men’s fashion history.
One key factor that makes Turnbull & Asser famous is its long-standing association with everything Bond, James Bond. Ian Fleming was a constant visitor to the famed Jermyn Street, where Turnbull & Asser resides. Here he had his own shirts made as well as gathering inspirations for his most famous literary construct.
From this, we get to this particular shirt’s most noted attribute — it was specially designed for Daniel Craig during his first outing as the iconic Bond in Casino Royale. This shirt is crafted from classic poplin 2 fold 110, made in Turnbull & Asser’s own factory in Gloucester, England. What makes this piece stand out from the ordinary white shirt is the detailed white-on-white mini-square patternation in superfine cotton. It catches the light, creating a rich, textured look that is clean-cut and very sharp.
Turnbull & Asser only cut their ready-to-wear shirts to one silhouette, a full fit that slims slightly to the hem. Two collar stays come as standard and the shirt is available in a single three-button, or double cuff, finished with mother-of-pearl buttons to the placket.
This versatile shirt works perfectly with evening wear and a satin bow tie; or try pairing with a wool or cashmere tie for a relaxed approach to workwear.
Turnbull & Asser’s white-on-white mini square shirt retails at £165 and is available on the Turnbull & Asser website and at their store on Jermyn Street, which is definitely worth a visit.