The three-season Merz b. Schwanen henley never goes out of style. It looks good alone, or layered under a jacket or sweater. (Nothing beats the versatility of a shirt you can wear to bed and to work.) The comfortable, pared down design originated at Henley-on-Thames in 1839, when professional rowers wanted a sporty garment that could move with them during a race. Hence, the henley was born.
This soft and durable cotton version features a fluid, seamless design, which is made using a loopwheel process to create one single shirt body without the need for side seams. It's woven on circular knitting machines dating back to the 1920s and based on a pattern from the 1930s. A unique panel on the underside of the arm creates a pocket for ventilation, as well as providing extra comfort and ease of movement. For a subtle element of luxe, the shirt is finished with mother of pearl buttons.
Machine wash cold. Tumble dry on low setting.
In 2009, Peter Plotnicki, a former menswear tailor and vintage fashion a?cionado, purchased some Merz beim Schwanen deadstock at a flea market. He was impressed with the quality but unfamiliar with the brand itself. Peter's research traced the company back to 1911, when Balthasar Merz founded a small German Alps knitwear operation that was family-run until 2007.
With permission from the Merz family to use the brand name, Plotnicki resurrected the line of German-style underwear and undershirts, with a keenness for authenticity. The garments are made on original circular knitting machines dating to the 1920s, and everything—including the trim fabrics, buttons, hangtags and packaging—is made on German soil.
Pure cotton henley with mother of pearl placket and flat knit cuffs. Triangle inset at base of sleeve for comfort and ease of movement. Woven on century-old knitting machines in Germany. Also available in Ink Blue and Grey Melange.
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Sleeve: 32 inches long (81 cm)
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