Turnbull & Asser has been making custom shirts for over a century now, for everyone from Prince Charles to Jay Gatsby (at least in the â€™74 version). So naturally, theyâ€™ve built up quite an archiveâ€¦and weâ€™ve got a peek inside.
It comes by way of Bespoken, a more modern shirting brand that uses Turnbull & Asserâ€™s factory for their made-to-measure business. When theyâ€™re in need of inspiration, theyâ€™ve been known to stop through Turnbullâ€™s archive of swatches in Italy. Itâ€™s a room full of old, dusty books, holding some of the best-loved shirting fabrics in menswear historyâ€”and since we asked nicely, they decided to pass along a few picsâ€¦