Junior’s, the one-man Philadelphia haberdashery founded by Glenn Au in 2020, has marked the new year by debuting its made-to-order shirt program online. Presently, two fabrics are offered: a heavyweight blue oxford cloth priced at $165, and a highly limited tan-and-white university stripe at $185. Those still smarting over Brooks Brothers’ retreat from North Carolina may be heartened to learn that Junior’s shirts are manufactured in the United States, at a factory on the East Coast.
Its basic specs include a 3.5” button-down collar, an 8-button front, a box pleat, a single round button cuff, and a rounded chest pocket. Clients can also opt for monogramming, flap pockets, and a back-collar button. The collar is lined and fused: Au worked with the maker to develop the lightest lining and fusible possible, which he says provides a great roll while balancing softness with crispness. Size customization comes in the selection the neck (14.5-17.5) and sleeve (32-36) sizes, and three fits: “trim,” “standard,” and “full,” the last of which hearkens back to OCBDs of yore. Once ordered, shirts are expected to reach clients in 4-6 weeks.
Au says that white oxford cloth and a more classic blue-and-white university stripe will soon join the online fabric selection. But any fabrics from the wider Junior’s MTM selection can be requested for an MTO shirt; Au encourages interested parties to contact him directly or request a video call to learn more. And looking ahead to better weather, Junior’s plans to have madras fabric (as well as a ready-to-wear madras shirt) available in the spring. — ERIC TWARDZIK