What is a Tattersall shirt?

Cumbria Long Sleeve Tattersall Shirt from Samuel Windsor

Tattersall shirts are versatile and timeless
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Tattersall shirts are a quintessentially English menswear classic. Made from woven checked cloth which features horizontal and vertical stripes in alternating colours, Tattersall has its roots in the 18th century horse trade and continues to be stylish to this day.

Even if you’ve never heard of a Tattersall shirt before, you’ve probably seen one – and once you know a little more about this fascinating fabric, you’ll definitely want one. Here’s everything you need to know to make the most of your Tattersall shirt.

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What is wool?

Wool’s unique properties make it an enduring favourite

Wool’s unique properties make it an enduring favourite
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It might seem like a stupid question, but how much do you actually know about your 100% pure new wool garments? Chances are, not much, but here in the UK, we’ve fought wars over wool, and the economies of some of the former British dominions were founded on it.

Wool is a renewable textile with unique properties, and when expertly tailored, looks rather natty on a dapper dresser. Here’s everything you need to know about this traditional fabric.

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What is seersucker?

Effortlessly stylish - seersucker is the perfect summer jacket fabric

Effortlessly stylish – seersucker is the perfect summer jacket fabric
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Seersucker is cotton cloth with a dappled texture made through a process known as slack weaving. The name comes from the Persian, shīroshakar, meaning “milk and sugar”. This refers to the original way of making the cloth which involved weaving alternate threads of silk and cotton. When washed, the cotton would shrink and the silk would not, giving the cloth its crinkled look.

Seersucker is an elegant summer fabric. Perfect for regatta season, summer weddings, parties and graduations, seersucker keeps you seriously cool when the weather warms.
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