Ever seen an unlined oxford-cloth buttondown actually being made? Probably not, but you can now.
Michael Spencer has just released a video that examines its three shirt collar options: unlined, lined but not fused, and finally lined and fused. While purists like the comfort and nonchalance of unlined buttondowns, lining and fusing is often best for finer fabrics and dressier shirts.
Let’s have a look:
“The genesis of the video was the result of frequent requests to explain the difference between a lined and an unlined oxford-cloth collar,” says company founder Spencer Bennett. “With the advent of our new website, we added many other types of fabrics, and with that came our third lining option, the standard fused lining.
“I tried to view the topic of collar linings from a customer’s perspective,” he continues. “I readily saw how it could be a source of confusion. My first thought was to try to do a series of still photos to illustrate the difference, hoping that a picture would indeed be worth a thousand words. Eventually that lead to the idea of the video.”
A family friend who works as a professional videographer made the three-and-a-half minute clip, and narration was provided by Bennett’s uncle Larson, who does professional voice-over work.
As mentioned above, Michael Spencer has recently redesigned its website, so have a look if you haven’t visited lately. — CC