Button-down Magic from the Madras Shirting Company

Most of you will be aware of Far Afield, but for those of you who are not, here’s a quick history of the brand. Far Afield was founded in the UK by brothers, Mark & Chris Scholes in 2016. Together they have 12 years’ experience in menswear design, production, sourcing and retail. Mark started the menswear brands tuktuk and Madras Shirting Company over the last 10 years, whereas Chris opened the retail space Thread Menswear in Brighton in 2012. With their acquired skills across the menswear industry, they decided to combine forces back in 2014, and Far Afield is the result of that. This review is focused on one aspect of the brand: the Madras Shirting Company.

In their own words, the Madras Shirting Company are a dedicated shirting brand producing limited edition shirts in high quality madras checks, available in a classic button-down style.

I was sent a variety of shirts to review but it was the Mod Button Down Long Sleeve Shirt in Blue Check Cotton that really caught my eye. Featuring a button down 2.75″ mod collar, buttoned placket, box pleat locker loop, genuine mother of pearl buttons and embroidered ‘M’ logo to left chest – it’s an absolute corker that doesn’t look out of place when paired with a pair of boots or pumps alike, depending on the situation.

It’s clear from the pieces that I was sent that Mark and Chris know exactly what they are doing when it comes to menswear and I’d argue you wouldn’t find a better British company producing shirts to this quality for the coin. There is also a rather substantial sale on at the minute, which I imagine won’t last long, so go fill your boots!

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