The Oxford Shirt.
Hearty, refined, and incredibly durable.
The oxford shirt is the keystone of American style.
While originally developed in Scotland, oxford cloth was named after the prestigious Oxford University in England. British in heritage, it wasn't until Brooks Brothers created their button-down "polo" collar oxford cloth shirts that the oxford shirt became a wardrobe staple.
These hearty sport shirts became the de facto uniform on Ivy League campuses by the 1960's. Yet the oxford shirt is remarkably democratic despite its blue-blooded pedigree.
Miles Davis, Cary Grant, JFK, Italian industrialist Gianni Agnelli, and Andy Warhol. Just a few notable fans of the oxford cloth button-down (OCBD in industry-speak).
The subtly textured and hard wearing fabric only gets better over time and can be worn in just about any situation. It looks great when worn rumpled with jeans and can be pressed with a jacket and tie.
A traditional oxford shirt will almost always have a soft (non-fused) button-down collar, soft front placket, and soft 1-button cuff. While there are plenty of other great oxford shirt designs, the true oxford cloth button-down shirt is iconic.
We designed our Soft Ivy Button-Down Collar to have the ideal amount of extra arch — called collar roll — that the adds just the right amount of personality to an oxford shirt.
Historically, oxford shirts have been made with a more "generous" cut favored by the traditional American brands of old. More room to move is appealing to many, but these days lots of guys like their oxfords with a tailored fit. We allow you to increase or decrease any of the dimensions on your saved size to get an oxford that fits just the way you like.
In the golden age of oxford shirts you would really only find white, light blue, a few pastel colors, and a handful of basic stripes. But these days, there are some incredible riffs on the classic weave. Dark saturated colors and subtle melange styles are perfect for those who love their OCBD's, but want to try something new.
Heavy Oxfords — When you're looking for a classic weight and texture. A great workhorse with 40/1 x 21/2 construction.
Supima — A bit heavier oxford using a premium American supima cotton. Made with a 80/2 x 21/2 construction.
Thomas Mason — Made with a special 80/2 x 38/3 oxford construction creating an effortless fabric that is more refined and easy to dress up.
Start with our pre-designed oxfords in your custom size.
Customize any shirt to your liking.