A Short Guide to Shirts


It should come as no surprise that not everyone wears a suit and tie to work every day. While the trend toward tailored and more dressy menswear continues, actual formality in dress has begun to give way to less constricting styles. For some, even the odd jacket, with all it’s wonderful college professor inducing implications, … [Read more…]

Setting the Standard with Standard Shirt

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The classic white dress shirt is indeed classic. It goes with virtually anything and as a wardrobe staple, blends with almost any genre. It pairs well with jeans and old docksiders or a bespoke suit and seven-fold tie. If there truly is one item that should be at the core of any man’s wardrobe, the … [Read more…]

Ledbury Pops into Georgetown


Richmond, Virginia, based shirt-maker extraordinaire, Ledbury, is back in the national capitol for the 2014 holiday season. The brand, best known for its e-commerce approach to Jermyn Street quality shirting, opened up a seasonal pop-up shop at 1254 Wisconsin Avenue. Situated in the historic retail heart of DC’s menswear shops, it will run from November … [Read more…]

The Polo Shirt: An American Classic

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For generations now, the polo shirt has been a cornerstone of any classic, Ivy League-inspired wardrobe. While most people who hear “polo shirt,” tend to think “Polo ™” shirt, the first branded version was actually developed in 1929 for tennis legend Rene’ “Le Crocodile” Lacoste. Lacoste wanted a comfortable shirt to replace the traditional, but … [Read more…]

OTC Visits Ledbury

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Ledbury, the Richmond, Virginia, clothing brand best known for its exceptionally well-crafted shirts, is in expansion mode.  Founders Paul Trible and Paul Watson, who met while in graduate school at Oxford – and apprenticing with one of London’s well-known tailors.  They were committed to creating  an American tailored clothing brand with Saville Row quality, geared … [Read more…]

Deo Veritas: The Best Online Custom Shirts


Deo Veritas makes custom shirts and as far as we are concerned, theirs are some of the finest OTC has reviewed.  From fabric to fit to construction to detail, the product is exceptional and perhaps the closest to bespoke we have found. Established in 2007, this Chicago-based company is focused on providing outstanding shirting, perfecting … [Read more…]

Concord Button Downs: The New Old School Shirt

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It should come as a surprise to no one that far too often form trumps function in the fashion world. Creating something in the “style” a timeless classic is more important than actually creating something that will last long enough to become a classic. “Inspired by” is often a phrase that makes our warning flag … [Read more…]