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The Thin Red Line Shirt
All our shirts are stitched to the highest level of detail incorporating traditional features that are so often missing in many of today's 'quality' shirts. From the inclusion of the Shoulder Tuck, to our classically constructed collar, to our 100% home-woven superfine two fold cotton poplin. Thin Red Line shirts are not only wonderful to wear but will keep you looking smart right to the end of the day. These are just some of the features we think make our shirts are so great:
A. The collar
Our shirts feature a semi-cutaway collar because we feel this shape frames the tie knot best whether you like to wear a Windsor, Half-Windsor or Pratt knot. Whichever knot you prefer, our collar will make the most of your tie. Our collars are hand turned using no fewer than eight different cuts of fabric skillfully stitched together to create the defining feature of a Thin Red Line shirt.
B. Single piece raised placket
The placket is the raised piece of fabric down the front of the shirt which holds the button holes. Our traditional placket is constructed by making the front left panel an inch or so wider than the right. This extra inch is then folded over back onto the top of the front left panel and stitched down ensuring that checks and stripes align correctly. A quicker and cheaper way of making the front placket, of course, is to make it separately and simply stitch it in place. You can tell if this is the case because you'll have a ridged seam at the back of the placket where the two pieces of fabric meet.
C. Lock-stitched buttons
How anoying is it when buttons fall off? Ours are lock-stitched in place so, unless you're our Casanova, you shouldn't have any trouble with them.
D. Double cuffs
In our opinion, the only way to finish the sleeve. Our cuffs have two cuff link positions (want to know the history behind the two cuff link position concept? It's not what you think - visit our FAQ Question: 8) and rounded cuff corners. The advantage of the rounded corner is that, apart from the fact that we think it looks smarter, it doesn't fray so easily so your shirt should last longer.
E. The convertible cuff
Having said that we believe the double cuff is the only way to finish a sleeve, we do understand that a double cuff is not practical if you're wearing a pullover. Enter, the Convertible Cuff. All our men's shirts have a discrete button stitched to the inside of the cuff by the button hole. This allows you to turn your cuff into a button barrel cuff in a snap. Ideal for pullovers and for those occasions when you've gone away for the weekend but forgotten your cuff links!
F. The yoke
This is the part of the shirt that rests across the shoulders. The yoke is a very important feature and often gets overlooked since it is the yoke that allows movement from the neck and shoulders without pulling the rest of the shirt along with it. A yoke should be cut on the bias and 'split', featuring a seam down the middle. If the shirt is striped, the stripes should meet in the centre forming a continuous line.
G. Yoke pleats
Another essential inclusion for a comfortable fit. Yoke pleats provide an extra inch of body to the back allowing the yoke to move freely without tugging on the back panel.
H. Side seams
Our side seams are twin needle stitched to provide strength. Particularly useful if you happen to be a real Casanova!
I. Self fabric side gussets
Side gussets are the little triangles of fabric at the base of the side seam. Often overlooked by some, these pieces of fabric add strength to the seam at the point where it gets pulled the most.
J. Shoulder tuck
A detail all but forgotten in shirts today. The shoulder tuck is an extra inch of fabric that is sewn into the shoulder seam when the shirt is stitched. This allows the sleeve to be lengthened by one inch if required. With the best will in the world, sometimes people do just have to use a tumble dryer. In time this will cause incremental shrinkage to the fabric which is not noticed in the body but can be noticeable at the sleeve. If you're a tumble dryer fanatic – Thin Red Line shirts are for you!
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