Modern British Shirt Maker Thomas Pink puts business first this season with the launch of its new, premium shirting collection designed to address the sartorial needs of professional gentlemen. Fashioned to help savvy executives scale the corporate ladder while navigating its varying dress codes, the business assortment includes seven distinctive shirt options in a range of colors, fits, fabrics and price points.
Thomas Pink was founded in London in 1984 by the Mullen brothers, whose founding inspiration was the history of Mr. Pink, the 18th century tailor credited as the originator of ‘hunting pink‘ – referring to the scarlet jackets of hunt staff. The Mullen brothers appreciated the fundamental quirk of British humor that something so obviously red could be referred to as Pink. This quirk so appealed to them that they saw it as a tension right at the heart of the brand they were founding – namely a men’s brand called PINK – an obviously feminine color. (Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton acquired the brand in 1999.)
“Our customers are movers and shakers whose high standard of dress is as strong as their work ethic,” said Jonathan Heilbron, Global CEO for Thomas Pink. “From first job to CEO, our business shirting collection offers the exceptional quality and fit our customers demand in a range of prices that allows them to graduate through the brand as they progress in their careers.”
From business and casual shirting to evening and Made To Order shirting, PINK shirts are made using traditional, time-honored methods with exclusive fabrics from world-renowned mills. Detail is everything – the collars are hand turned and are composed of up to 14 individual pieces. Pink shirts are available in Classic, Slim and Super Slim Fit and in addition, the brand also offers tailoring, separates, knitwear and accessories.
Celebrated for innovative design, Thomas Pink made its name with the renowned original Classic Fit shirt. The style is a modern take on the classic Jermyn Street cut and is generously designed for style and comfort. It features a long tail that stays tucked, as well as signature PINK gussets. Since then, Thomas Pink has launched a number of pioneering shirting solutions – including the Athletic Fit and the Independent collar. Today, Thomas Pink is a modern British shirt maker with over 100 stores worldwide and flagships in London’s Jermyn Street, Madison Avenue, New York and Rue Francois Premier, Paris.
The new collection features enough design options to please even the choosiest chap. Shirts are offered in different collar styles – spanning from semi and extreme cutaway to Winchester and Independent, a choice of double or button cuffs, and in an office-friendly palette of white, blue and pink along with subtle stripes and checks. A sprinkling of seasonal Jermyn Street design references throughout the collection satisfies current trend-seekers, while unique brand details such as the PINK thread sewn on the last placard button and PINK buttons on the sleeve gauntlets distinguish the wearer as someone who values a well-made shirt.
The collection includes the following:
The Bulldog: As robust as its namesake, the Bulldog is a keenly priced shirt designed to withstand the most hectic of workdays and still look fresh for happy hour. It is crafted out of a cotton pinpoint 40s single by two-fold 80s fabric with substantial buttons chosen for strength and durability, and sewn with extra-long thread. The Bulldog is offered in classic and slim fit for $95.
The Traveller: The ultimate road warrior, the Traveller is Thomas Pink’s most technical shirt. It features an innovative new protective finish that is activated when washed to ensure that the collar and cuffs maintain a ‘box fresh’ appearance. The shirt’s unique easy-care finish minimizes the need for ironing and maintains a permanent crease on the sleeve. The Traveller is crafted out of two-fold 80s cotton and has an adjustable button cuff. It is available in classic fit and slim fit options for $130.
The Sterling: Named for the original silver currency of the British Empire, the Sterling is the embodiment of PINK quality and attention to detail. The collection is offered in a choice of two-fold 100s cotton poplin, Royal Oxford, Twill and Herringbone all of which include such iconic brand features as a PINK buttonhole inside the double cuff and a PINK under collar and center front. The Sterling is available in classic fit, slim fit and super slim fit options for $185.
The 1984: This special shirt is a celebratory reproduction of the first ever shirt made by Thomas Pink’s founders, the Mullen brothers, in 1984. Crafted out of Italian two-fold 100s cotton from Albini [the first mill Thomas Pink ever worked with] and proudly made in the UK, The 1984 is a luxurious option for the discerning businessman. Offered in classic and slim fit for $225, the 1984 is also available with an Independent collar – a collar specifically engineered to be worn without a tie.
The 1984 non-iron: The perfect combination of luxury and performance, the 1984 non-iron reinforces Thomas Pink’s roots as a shirting innovator. To ensure the highest standards of non-iron performance, the 100% cotton poplin in the shirt’s compact yarns has been treated with a specialized non-iron finish and pucker free technology. A must-have for the over-scheduled executive, the 1984 non-iron is also proudly made in the UK. It is available in classic and slim fit for $225.
The Imperial 170s: Made from superfine, Italian two-fold 170s cotton–the yarns of which require an expert level of skill to weave–the Imperial 170s is exceedingly smooth and silky to touch offering its wearer legendary comfort and luxury. Proudly made in the UK, this shirt’s special features include a hand turned collar, a Chevron split back yoke and a PINK gusset. It is available in classic and slim fit for $295.
The Imperial 200s: An even finer version of the elegant Imperial 170s, this opulent upgrade is made from superfine Italian two-fold 200s cotton magnificent enough to make its lucky wearer feel like a true master of the universe. Offered in classic and slim fit, special features include a hand turned collar, Mother of Pearl buttons, a Chevron split back yoke and a PINK gusset. Proudly made in the UK for $395.
In 2015, the Jermyn Street shirt maker extended its popular ‘Personally Pink’ Made To Order service. An extensive choice of more than 160 fabrics span long staple Egyptian cottons, Sea Island cottons, linens. and fine cotton poplins in two-fold 100s, 120s, 170s, 200s and 300s. The service also encompasses options for evening and special occasions. The shirts are made in the United Kingdom and delivered back to clients within three weeks. Final details include a choice of buttons as well as monogramming and engraved collar bones. The ‘Personally Pink’ Made To Order Service is available at Thomas Pink‘s London flagship store on Jermyn Street as well as in Heathrow T2, Sloane Street, Blomfield Street, Canary Wharf and Selfridges.