I must confess…I was in it for the shirts. I don’t actually drink coffee, but when Mr. Callis asked if I’d like to be part of an upcoming editorial on Proper Cloth’s new soft collars, it was an easy decision. The process began with a fitting at the PC showroom in Soho, a sparse but cozy loft-like space where the team is based. Numerous fabric books of all shapes and sizes were strewn across a table when I walked in, and I immediately knew I’d be overwhelmed. However, Chris went out of his way, as he does with each of his customers I’d imagine, to walk me through all of the fabrics that caught my eye, talking everything from weight and fit to season and occasion. Mostly, we were looking for a couple patterns that would fit the style I describe above - simple, with a little bit of character.
As I lacked a university stripe I could wear with a tie, I went with a blue and white broadcloth from Italy, that seemed light and comfortable as my first choice. For the second, I chose something a bit more casual, and went with a darker denim that I could wear open with a blazer or on its own. After choosing fabrics, Chris measured me, which really works to ensure fit (another good reason to take a trip to the showroom when you’re in town or attend a popup shop), and allowed me to specify certain aspects of the shirt that you can’t get off the rack - room for a watch, or a slightly shorter sleeve for example. It’s also fun and allows for good conversation.
After a few weeks, the shirts came in and they exceeded my expectations, both in terms of fit and overall quality. The resulting editorial can be found here. I can only suggest trying the shirts for yourselves - the process is painless and it really gives you the freedom to get exactly what you want. It’s worth the wait.
Big thanks to all the good folks over at Proper Cloth.
Blue et vert very chic