Murray’s Picks: Thomas Mason Shirt Fabrics
Thomas Mason was founded in Lancashire in 1796 as one of the first factories to manufacture cotton shirt fabric. These fabrics were used by London’s West End tailors serving the aristocracy and the upper class, before being exported throughout the British Empire and all over the world. We’ve been working with Thomas Mason for over 15 years and we’re proud to be regarded as Premium Partners.
Here are a few of my selections from my favourite Thomas Mason cloth books. These all make excellent choices for anyone’s wardrobe and will cover many bases.
Overshirts and Shackets are a really strong part of our next Winter collection. I was introduced to this new collection at Milano Unica last July and immediately saw its potential. We've focussed on three qualities, all offer a point of difference with a lovely muted palette.
We can use any of these fabrics, and many more made-to-measure to your specifications. From shirt style, collar type, button selection and more, our made-to-measure shirting programme gives you control of what you want and need. Get in touch with us for more information.
A 100% linen plain weave with a rustic appearance, for a fabric that is incredibly versatile and suitable for making various types of garments. Thanks to the Relax Formula, this fabric offers completely natural elasticity without resorting to the use of synthetic components. It is a fabric particularly suitable for those who feel the need for absolute comfort with the guarantee of a 100% natural product.
Made with a blend of the finest quality cotton and linen, Gordian is a twill that is characterised by its sporty and compact appearance and a surprisingly soft hand. This fabric is perfect for both tailored and causal look.
Read: An Ode to The Overshirt by Thomas Mason
Sporty and full-bodied gabardine with a dry handle, Matchpoint is an extremely versatile fabric that allows different interpretations.
A reference point for the denim lovers, Blue Denim is a fabric characterised by a vintage and slub look, an intense colour and a soft and refined handle.
Read: A Love Affair With Denim Shirts
Byron Kent Poplin
Black is making a resurgence after falling out of favour a little in recent years. We have used this cloth extensively in our Handmade shirting program. Byron Kent is Thomas Mason’s exceptional plain poplin in 120/2 yarn count, a quality popular with gentlemen and ladies alike, rather like the poet himself.
I am a sucker for a good stripe. I normally like to develop these as a part of our button down offer. A distinctive stripe gives any outfit a lift, especially in the absence of a tie. A rich poplin with 100/2 warp and 70/1 weft that produces vibrant incisive stripes, whether classical or more colourful, sometimes with contrasting tones to enhance the chromatic combinations.
An Oxford cloth is one of the most utilitarian shirtings you could ever use but like anything there are significant differences in quality. Oxford 70 is a fabric created with very fine yarns, which allow the dotted effect typical of Oxford, obtained in a sophisticated and discreet manner. Durable and shiny, Oxford 70 reveals a wonderful density and a soft touch and is perfect for both the office and casual shirts.
Read: From American Oxford to Giza 87: In Search of the Perfect White Shirt by Thomas Mason
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