Having recently revelled in its fourth birthday celebrations, we stopped by Turnbull & Asser’s Davies Street store to learn more about their made in England philosophy along with the brand’s upcoming seasonal, By appointment trunk shows, to be held in key cities around the world.
Turnbull & Asser’s Davies Street store
“The unofficially delineated ‘Mayfair quadrilateral’ – from Park Lane to Regent St, and Oxford St. to Piccadilly – has homed royalty and scores of political, social, literary, artistic and commercial influencers. Queen Elizabeth II, Sir Robert Walpole, Sir Winston Churchill, Florence Nightingale, Lord Byron, Oscar Wilde, Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse and Nathan Rothschild all lived here. It is in Mayfair – bastion of beauty, intelligence, wit and wealth – that Turnbull & Asser elected to establish its second London shop precisely four years ago.”
4 Davies Street
The history behind Turnbull & Asser
Upon arriving at Turnbull & Asser’s Davies street establishment, we were greeted by a true gentleman in Mr Rikesh Chauhan. Making our way downstairs a most exquisite smoking jacket caught my eye. After briefly discussing the fascinating origins of the smoking jacket with Mr Chauhan talk soon turned to the history of Turnbull & Asser.
Founded in 1885, Turnbull & Asser is a British shirtmaker, creating luxurious shirts and ties in its workrooms. Priding itself on superior craftsmanship and personal service, these qualities were recognised by HRH The Prince of Wales with the bestowal of a Royal Warrant in 1980. Rich in history and yet forwardthinking, Turnbull has dressed inﬂuential men and women including royalty and captains of industry to artists and stars of stage and screen in beautifully made English shirts.
Today, the heritage brand continues to focus on ready-to-wear, Made to Measure, and Bespoke shirts and ties at the centre of its clothing range for individuals that appreciate quality and craftsmanship.
Turnbull & Asser’s seasonal By Appointment trunk shows
After learning a little more about the brand, we were introduced to a true master of his craft, bespoke expert, Mr James S. Webb. Mr Webb had recently finished up with a client and, with his tape measure in hand, kindly offered to refresh my measurements. Appreciative of the offer, I took no time at all to oblige.
Whilst taking my measurements we soon began to discuss Turnbull & Asser’s by appointment trunk shows.
Turnbull’s unrivalled expertise as a bespoke shirtmaker has seen customers extend from its London and New York ﬂagship stores to across the world. Twice a year, the British heritage brand brings its bespoke specialists to key cities around the world through a series of international By Appointment trunk shows. For those that cannot visit the Turnbull stores, By Appointment is the perfect opportunity to get the true bespoke shirtmaking experience.
Turnbull & Asser’s Bespoke specialists will take you through the process of creating your shirts, from the initial 18-23 measurements to selecting your fabrics, collar and cuﬀ options plus added personalisation. Your bespoke pattern will then get sent to our workroom in Gloucester where a sample shirt will be made. After wearing and laundering it three times, the shirt ft will be true to size. Once you are happy with the sample, the remaining shirts will be created and sent to you. The By Appointment trunk show has a two-shirt minimum order.
There are few experiences more satisfying than pulling on a crisply laundered shirt that has been made for you and you alone. If you are interested in discovering more about their By Appointment trunk shows or would like to request an appointment, visit turnbullandasser.com/byappointment
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