In an age when custom shirts — made-to-order, made-to-measure and bespoke — can be ordered with a click of the computer mouse, it's easy to forget about traditional brick and mortar shirtmakers.
One of those places is Thresher & Glenny, which was established way back in 1683 and holds a royal warrant as shirtmakers to Her Majesty the Queen. This illustrious history includes a warrant from every British monarch since 1783, the year when King George III bestowed upon Thresher & Glenny its first.
While Thresher & Glenny offers a custom service, this correspondent recently received an off-the-peg shirt for review purposes as a great many gentlemen visit London for such a short period that finding the time to get fitted for made-to-measure or bespoke can be difficult.
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The shirt itself was most unlike the mass-market and heavily discounted shirting from T.M. Lewin or Charles Tyrwhitt, where one can often get four shirts for the price of one Thresher & Glenny shirt.
The two-fold Egyptian cotton cloth, which came in a light pink with white stripe (16 others are offered), was incredibly soft to the hand. It was actually softer than even some of the Thomas Mason cloth used in this correspondent’s past made-to-measure commissions.
The fit was trim without being skin-tight. The non-fused collar — well, actually, two collars as a spare is included with each order — isn't a spread collar. Rather, it's more of a sartorially restrained semi-spread variety of the kind popular with the lawyers around Thresher & Glenny's shop in Temple, which is the traditional home of the English legal establishment. (Thresher & Glenny also has legal outfitting business, including horse hair wigs — a distinctively British thing.)
The bottom line: The price may be expensive by some ready-to-wear standards, but the quality of Thresher & Glenny is beyond superb.
The only issue is sleeve sizing, which isn't as precise as one might expect and will surely require the wearer to visit a tailor for shortening. Additionally, the collar style isn't one that everyone will find acceptable, especially those who prefer a proper English-style cutaway.
Overall, Thresher & Glenny is easily the best off-the-peg shirt ever tried by this correspondent and is more than worth consideration.