34 Luxury Shirt Brands Brands All Stylish Men Should Know
From warm winter flannels to breezy summer Cubans, these are the high-end brands making the best button-ups in the world right now.
Shirts might not have evolved all that much in the last century or two, but if it ain’t broke, as they say…
Collars and cuffs still form an integral part of the menswear wardrobe, whether its formal business shirts, breezy resort linens, or fashion-forward bowling shirt silhouettes and silk Cuban collars.
To help upgrade your current rotation, we’ve rounded up some of the finest luxury shirt brands in operation today, from the sartorial specials and masters of casual to the fashion houses making moves with their designs.
The best luxury dress shirt brands for men
One of the oldest of the old-school French luxury houses, Charvet is a largely bespoke shirt and tie maker of the very highest quality and has been producing its fine garments for the world’s elite since 1838.
Located at 28 Place Vendôme, Paris, it was actually the first shirt shop in the world so the fact that it is still around today is testament to its unparalleled quality. The shirt collection is phenomenal and focused almost exclusively on the formal/business side, so don’t expect to find any soft collar button-downs you can wear with shorts.
If you shop at Charvet, you’ll probably be looking for some nice cutaway collar shirts to complement your extensive bespoke tailoring collection.
Hawes & Curtis
British heritage brand Hawes & Curtis lives on Jermyn Street and has been in the shirtmaking business since 1913. Much like Thomas Pink, the brand specialises in formal shirting (although they do produce a vast and broad range of shirt types).
In terms of value for money, Hawes & Curtis has one of the best offers in the industry, without scrimping on quality (it uses two-ply 100s cotton for a good number of its styles).
Turnbull & Asser
An icon of Jermyn Street shirtmakers, Turnbull & Asser have been constructing the world’s finest bespoke shirts since it was founded by John Turnbull in 1885 (Ernest Asser, a salesman, joined in 1893).
Now under the creative direction of Becky French, the heritage brand and Royal Warrant holder has evolved its offering to include tailoring, knitwear, outerwear, loungewear and even Japanese selvedge denim, all constructed with an outstanding level of detail.
As you would imagine of a heritage brand, the style doesn’t deviate from classic menswear silhouettes for smart and elegant dressing.
Another of Jermyn Street’s acclaimed bespoke shirtmakers, Emma Willis’s shirts are made in an historic 18th century townhouse in Gloucester by some of the industry’s most skilled artisans. Her bespoke and made-to-measure collections are excellent, while the ready-to-wear offering is of an exceptional level.
Although classic business shirts make up the mainstay of the business, Willis’s cotton and linen casual shirting is beautiful and comes in a vast array of fabric options and tones.
Established in 1910, Budd has been making the finest bespoke, made-to-measure and ready-to-wear shirts from its boutique in London’s Piccadilly Arcade, garnering a reputation for outstanding quality.
The bulk of Budd’s expertise lies in crafting high quality business shirts, but it also does a fine line of safari shirts and linen resort shirts. If all of your seasonal collars and cuffs came from Budd, you’d have a very sophisticated wardrobe.
A feature on London’s Jermyn Street since 1997, Charles Tyrwhitt has earned a reputation for producing high quality, great value dress shirts. The brand may not be in the same league as some of the ateliers and bespoke makers on this list, but it does an excellent job of providing very good business shirts at an affordable price.
The shirts come in a variety of different fits and collars styles so if you’re looking to bulk out your business wardrobe, it’s an excellent place to do so.
Amsterdam-based 100Hands is a bit of an industry secret and has been quietly expanding in the last few years, albeit still under the radar. Thirty-four hours of handwork go into the crafting of each and every shirt, ensuring incredible quality.
The fabric options are excellent too, from super-high-quality organic cotton to soft Japanese chambray. As Permanent Style’s Simon Crompton has said: “100Hands makes perhaps the finest shirts in the world.”
Shopping online is a dream too as they curate their offering so you’re not trawling through hundreds of options.
Bespoke shirtmaking legend Ascot Chang opened his first outlet on Kimberly Road in Hong Kong in 1953 and has since grown to have stores right across China and the US.
The brand is perhaps most famous for its ‘Ascot collar’, designed to be worn open and without a tie, “standing up naturally with a subtly elegant collar roll”.
Its ultrafine 120s two-ply cotton gives its dress shirts a luxury handle, perfect for modern professionals.
This legend of Neapolitan shirtmaking has been at the top of its game ever since it was founded in 1925 and sets the bar for Italian shirt brands.
All handmade and handstitched according to Neapolitan traditions, Finamore uses some super-premium cloths, such as 170s double-twisted Egyptian cotton, as well as beautiful cotton poplin and twill fabrics.
It’s fair to say that Cesare Attolini has earned legendary status among Italy’s tailoring community and is widely regarded as one of the country’s finest luxury suit makers, so it’s no surprise that the Attolini shirt is equally as revered.
The Neapolitan master entirely handmakes his shirt collection in the brand’s Naples workshop, ensuring the highest quality garment, perfect for the modern C-suite style aficionado.
Cordone 1956 tailoring was founded in Aielli, in 1956 by Luigi Cordone Senior and has since become one of Italy’s premier shirtmakers. To this day, its shirts are still 100% handmade by skilled seamstresses using exclusive fabrics. Best known for its colourful striped dress shirts, Cordone also produces some stunning seasonal options, including flannel styles in the winter, and linen options in the summer.
Another of the Neapolitan legacy shirtmakers, Luca Avitibile has garnered quite the reputation for producing some of the finest handmade shirts in the world.
Offering bespoke, made-to-measure and ready-to-wear, Avitibile’s shirt collections are eclectic, encompassing everything from chambray to Madras check button-downs to bread-and-butter formal shirting.
Shirtmaking runs in Salvatore Piccolo’s veins, his mother having been a bespoke shirtmaker in the Neapolitan district of Piazza Mercato, and Salvatore himself starting in a shirtmaking factory at the age of 15.
His passion for the business shines through in an eclectic collection of beautiful formal and casual shirts that encompass classic darted styles, Cuban collar shirts, Texan designs and modern overshirts.
Vertically integrated, luxury Italian fashion brand Zegna is best known for its innovative merino fabrics that it cuts into beautifully contemporary tailored silhouettes, but it carries that very same level of detail and dedication into its shirtmaking process, too.
Expect to find some of the finest cotton yarns in the business when it comes to its dress shirts, while its more casual ‘Cashco’ shirts consist of 85% cotton and 15% cashmere for an unbelievable handle.
The best luxury casual shirt brands for men
Scandinavian brand Asket puts sustainability at the forefront of every decision it makes and is incredibly transparent with its production and pricing processes, which makes shopping with them an excellent experience.
Specialising in everyday staples, its casual shirts are great value, especially the button-downs. Cut from brushed mid-weight 100% organic cotton Oxford cloth, milled in Portugal, the OCBDs are an industry benchmark.
Also look at the flannel options, cut from a soft, brushed, custom-developed Italian twill made from 100% organic cotton.
The original and best, Brooks Brothers’ shirts represent excellent value and give you that heritage cachet as the original purveyors of OCBD style.
Naturally, Brooks has a fantastic assortment of shirts, with both slim and regular fits in the classic Oxford cloth as well as a number of check options in a super-soft flannel cloth, perfect for more outdoorsy looks.
New York brand Alex Mill was founded by its namesake in 2012 with the goal of making the perfect shirt. And we think it hit that goal. The brand’s no fuss approach to making the best possible versions of menswear staples is a breath of fresh air, elevating traditional workwear pieces into something really special.
Its button-downs come in crisp Portuguese cotton, as well as corduroy and poplin, with chic stripes and bold colours abound.
At the very top end of the luxury spectrum is Brunello Cucinelli, whose mastery of fine fabrics extends to his button-down shirt offering. Buttery-soft materials are the DNA of the Italian designer, and so it comes as no surprise to find that Cucinelli presents a casual collection featuring Oxford cloth blended with lyocell, as well as pure cotton flannel, poplin and twill fabrics.
Cut in a slim fit, they are all easy to style with contemporary smart casual wardrobes if you’ve got the wallet for them.
Founded in Brooklyn in 2015, Adsum NYC has developed a cult following for its high quality staples inspired by the cities and countryside of the American Northeast. The brand has put a contemporary spin on classic flannel shirting by using vibrant plaid patterns for its two-button work shirts.
Ever since it launched, Club Monaco has nailed that smart, sophisticated Euro-traveller look, focusing on elevated staples and slim silhouettes to create a well-rounded, softly tailored aesthetic that appears more expensive than it actually is.
A lot of its casual shirts are constructed from Oxford cotton cloth, which is sourced from sustainable farms and represents excellent value for money.
On its OCBD, Drake’s say it best: “With a regular silhouette, floating interlinings, single-needle construction, and – perhaps most importantly – an elegant rolling collar, it’s a shirt for all occasions.”
If you want a perfectly constructed, elevated version of a button-down or flannel shirt, Drake’s is peerless in choice and style.
As English as it sounds, Hartford is actually a French brand. Founded in Paris in 1979, Hartford specialises in traditional casual silhouettes in beautiful natural fibres.
Its flannel shirts are at the cornerstone of the brand’s fall/winter collections, producing a number of styles including plaids, gingham and brushed denim options, all of which will perfectly slide into a preppy wardrobe.
Oliver Spencer’s unique take on relaxed tailoring means the British designer always releases a number of casual shirts each season.
These primarily take the form of button-downs and short-sleeved styles (including interesting Guayabera and Cuban collar versions) rendered in super-soft organic cotton fabrics, including brushed cotton and corduroy in the winter, and a plethora of linen and linen blends in the summer.
The resortwear specialist has significantly expanded its collection since it first launched its now-iconic tailored Bulldog swim shorts, offering an excellent casual shirt offering season after season.
As far as casual shirting goes, Ralph’s go-to style is the Oxford button-down, an essential element of the brand’s timeless American preppy aesthetic. The legendary designer always delivers the goods with a core collection of OCBDs in just about every colour you can think of via his Polo label.
There is a huge amount of choice – from cotton poplin and denim to twills and brushed styles – and in a variety of fits too. Solid, classic, modern Americana.
Although not strictly luxury, you tend to know what you’re going to get with Arket – excellent wardrobe essentials crafted from great organic fabrics. And so it is with its casual shirts, constructed from 100% soft organic cotton in most cases and available in a tonne of different colours.
From around $69/$55 a pop for a button-down, you can’t argue with Arket’s preppy shirting proposition.
The best luxury fashion shirt brands for men
Founded by Priya Ahluwalia in 2018, the London-based Indian-Nigerian designer has been a breath of fresh air on the menswear scene, inspired by her eclectic multicultural influences.
Ahluwali’s shirts are notable for their stunning pattern effects, which will instantly elevate your casual wardrobe with a smorgasbord of colour and print.
New York-based Bode is a real treasure trove of a label, full of unique surprises every season. Not least in its shirt collections, which are full of interesting fabrics, prints and patterns.
From a beautiful Oxford cotton white shirt with 22k gold-plated buttons, to a 1930s-inspired Riviera print short-sleeved shirt, Bode’s designs are for those who have an aversion to conformity.
Having burst onto the fashion scene a few seasons ago, streetwear favourite Casablanca has become the summer shirt brand everyone wants a piece of.
Specialising in silk bowling silhouettes instantly recognisable for their bold graphic treatments, a Casablanca shirt is a badge of fashion honour and a stunning way to elevate your resort wardrobe this year.
Ever since he founded his eponymous label in 2008, Irishman Jonathan Anderson has been something of a menswear provocateur, tearing up the rulebook with asymmetric silhouettes and eye-opening designs.
His shirt collection never disappoints the fashion crowd, with lots of oversized silhouettes, patchwork detailing and subversive design elements.
King & Tuckfield
Small but perfectly formed, King & Tuckfield is an independent label based out of East London and makes some of the most beautiful contemporary shirts you’ll find anywhere.
It’s perhaps best known for its knitted styles, which are perfect for an elevated summer look. Inspired by a 1950s aesthetic, King & Tuckfield is a unique gem of a brand.
Budapest-based Nanushka was founded in 2006 by Sandra Sándor and has quickly gained prominence and popularity thanks to its focus on craftsmanship, detail and responsible production.
The brand’s men’s shirt collection is at once fun, modern, quirky and rule-bending, using an eclectic array of unique fabrics such as OKOBOR alt-leather and embroidered cottons. The silhouettes are boxy and modern, while the designs will put a smile on your face.
The Nottingham legend has always done British menswear proud, and to this day continues to release standout collections season after season.
His shirts are always a pleasure to behold, invariably featuring a bold colour palette full of vibrant patterns to reinvigorate your wardrobe.
Sartorial tailoring techniques meets a healthy dose of modernism at Prada, the Italian luxury house that has been at the forefront of the fashion industry since it launched in 1913.
With a focus on traditional shirting silhouettes, it has always been Prada’s use of innovative fabrics that separated it from its contemporaries, so expect plenty of unique blends, from superior cotton and silk to camel hair and recycled nylon.