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Ben Sherman

Ben Sherman Clothing50 Years Of Ben Sherman Clothing

If there is one brand of clothing that is quintessentially Mod, it's Ben Sherman. World famous for creating the most recognisable Mod Shirts on the market, Ben Sherman offers so much more as well. Every Mod man should not only have a Ben Sherman Shirt but also a range of Ben Sherman clothing in their wardrobe such as Polo Shirts, Harrington Jackets, Trousers, Jumpers, Cardigans and mod target tees!

For Autumn and Winter 2017 Ben Sherman explores 'Military Mod' style aesthetics. In the 60s, Mods utilised army and navy surplus clothing, with several of these garmens becoming as much a mod staple as a military one - the prime example being the Fishtail Parka. The US army developed the Fishtail Parka, a heavy coat designed to keep you warm in the coldest climates, and the mods were quick to adopt the parka too - what better garment was there to keep oil and dirt off your pristene mod suit while you're riding your scooter? 

Alongside this, Ben Sherman presents what they envision 'Future Mod' to be - what does mod fashion mean in 2017? With a nod to 1960s heritage, the modern mod dresses as cleanly and sharply as ever, and with exceptional attention to detail - whether thats in the buttons, the print or something else, there is always more than meets the eye. 

With our wide range of Ben Sherman Shirts, you can choose a contemporary style or a reissued Archive Shirt from the 60s, 70s or 80s. 2013 was Ben Sherman's 50th anniversary. Since then they have been reissuing archive prints for new shirts that are something rather special. The limited edition Archive Shirts feature floral, paisley and Retro striped prints, plus all the classics - the Ben Sherman Gingham, the Ben Sherman House Check Shirt and the Ben Sherman Oxford Shirt.

Mr Ben Sherman

The History of Ben Sherman Clothing:

The original 'Ben Sherman', Arthur Benjamin Sugarman was born in Brighton, UK in 1925. The son of a Jewish salesman, he emigrated to the USA in 1946 where he had a string of marriages, the third of which was to the daughter of a Californian clothes manufacturer who taught Arthur Sugarman about 'The Rag Trade.' At this time he legally changed his name to Ben Sherman - a name he chose for its all American sound - in a bid to become an American citizen.

Moving back to Brighton in 1962 when his mother became ill, Ben Sherman opened a shirt factory and in 1963, the Ben Sherman Button Down Shirt debuted.

In the early Sixties, London-based modern jazz fans were eagerly buying the Oxford-cloth, American button-down shirt brands such as Brooks Brothers, Arrow and Hathaway, as sported by visiting American jazz artists like Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Oscar Peterson. At the time, these were only available from official importers who had in effect, cornered this growing market. Realising this, Sherman decided to produce his own version of the Oxford Shirt. The Mods responded immediately, especially as Sherman was using higher-quality fabrics and stitching detail than the imported Oxford Shirts.

The Ben Sherman Originals label was created, and by 1965, the company had opened a small office on the upper floors of a shabby office-block in a London backstreet called Carnaby Street. This became the showroom for their shirt and other clothing collections. In 1967 the clothing empire began to take shape with the opening of their first stand-alone shop on Duke Street in Brighton.

By the late sixties and into the seventies, Ben Sherman clothing was adopted by the Skinhead, Mod Revival and Punk sub cultures, the Ben Sherman Shirt became THE shirt to be seen in.

In 2009 the Ben Sherman Tailoring range of Suits and formal shirts was launched; featuring styles from your one button smart Work Suit, right up to your all singing, all dancing, sharp as a knife Mod Suit. 

The Ben Sherman shirt remains the essential Mod Shirt, and well, you can't really consider yourself a Mod until you have a Ben Sherman Shirt in your wardrobe!

Ben Sherman Shirt Fits

Ben Sherman Mod Fit

This 'regular fit’ is the most popular shape in the range. A little wider in the body than Soho Slim Fit (see below), it still has a clean and slim silhouette. The waist is not as fitted, making it a comfortable shape to wear. On the back the Mod Fit will usually be plain, featuring a sewn-down box pleat or a pressed open box pleat at centre back, underneath the yoke.

Ben Sherman Union Fit

This looser 'easy fit’ is designed for comfort. The body and sleeves are little wider, offering a more relaxed fit. The Union Fit is never plain on the back; it will carry either two-side knife pleats sitting under the yoke, or a pressed open box pleat at the centre back under the yoke.

Ben Sherman Soho Fit

This ‘super slim fit’ is designed with the trend conscious gent in mind. The waist on the Soho Fit is shaped so it outlines the natural waist. The Soho Fit always carries two darts on the lower back, helping to keep the back of the garment clean against the body. Some styles will carry a sewn down box pleat at the centre back. The sleeve is shaped at the underarm to keep the slim silhouette throughout the garment.

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