Pondicherry Oxford Shirt - Naariyal White
The Oxford refers to the cloth originally developed in the 19th Century and named after the university.
Woven in a specific basket-weave pattern, the fabric has an instantly recognisable chalky look. The cloth is now steeped in sartorial history, known as a robust and sporty option for shirting. Its prominence began when Polo players of the British Raj opted for the fabric due to its lightweight and breathable qualities. To stop collars flailing, two small buttons were sewn in, which birthed the button down (OCBD) style, which was widely embraced by the Ivy League set.
Crafted using premium Oxford weave cotton, our shirts are handmade in Tuscany. Oxfords have two-coloured warp threads together, and a thicker white weft thread woven across them.
Our premium cotton Oxford is sourced from Northern Italy. Whilst most brands use the same ply yarn throughout, our shirts use a combination of a single-ply in the weft and a finer two-ply in the warp, which gives the best blend of authentic texture and performance, a higher thread count and a nicer handle. Part of the charm of a traditional Oxford is how it ages and our 230gsm cloth will only get better and more comfortable with time and wear.
The Pondicherry shirt pattern has been developed to blend a slightly tailored yet relaxed fit. The back is darted to enhance shape and a longer, curved hem allows a more comfortable fit when tucked in or worn un-tucked. Each shirt has been hand cut and produced following an eighteen step manufacturing process in Tuscany.
The brand mantra, “mutual assistance of all beings”, is embroidered on the hemline in tonal thread. Our toucan collar is our own unique twist on the Nehru (grandad) collar for a more elegant silhouette.
We use Indonesian mother of pearl buttons on the front placket and cuffs.
The shirt pairs perfectly with denim and our Sanskrit Signature Sweatshirt or our Zero-Waste Harlesden Crewneck.
Origin: Tuscany, Italy
Content: 100% Cotton Oxford, Mother of Pearl buttons from Indonesia
For every item sold we will donate meals to feed four people in need.
This is a part of our pledge in support of The Felix Project to alleviate food poverty by preventing food waste. Find out more here.
Our toucan collar is a more unique twist on the Nehru (granddad) collar for a more elegant silhouette. The Pondicherry shirt pattern has been developed to blend a slightly tailored yet relaxed fit. The back is darted to enhance shape and a longer, curved hem allows a more comfortable fit when tucked in or worn un-tucked.
- Fits true to size - those in-between sizes should take the smaller size
- Tailored and relaxed fit
- Small (UK/US Collar 15)
- Medium (UK/US Collar 15.5)
- Large (UK/US Collar16)
- XL (UK/US Collar 16.5)
- XXL (UK/US Collar 17)
- Made in Tuscany, Italy
- Cut by hand
- Toucan collar
- Indonesian mother of pearl buttons
- Single cuff
- Curved tail hem
- Sanskrit embroidery on hem
- Gusset detail
- Wash inside out with a mild soap at 30°
- Use a normal spin cycle and air dry
- Iron at a medium temperature avoiding the buttons, use a steamer or steam function to increase softness and press out creases
- Do not bleach or tumble.
- Alternatively dry clean.
The meeting of industrial designers Charles and Ray Eames and Jawaharlal Nehru inspires the background to our collection. They form a modern interpretation of what three visionary pioneers may well have worn to their inspired meeting today, possibly under a coconut tree sipping masala chai.
Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of the newly independent nation-state of India, invited the Eames’s to help provide a catalyst of change, newness and creativity for the developing country. The Eames’ were enlisted to assist with this challenge, along with a host of other scientists, engineers, designers, and architects from Europe and North America. Their frequent travel throughout the 1950s and 60s sparked a global fascination with non-west design, in film, architecture and exhibition. The Eames Report was the first attempt by a developing nation to utilise design principles as a tool for national regeneration. The many bright children seen in the villages inspired the report; curious, open, active, beautiful young people with tremendous potential.