Introducing a first for Drake's: a linen resort shirt styled in true 1950s fashion, with a camp collar and a straight-cut hem.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve popped into the Drake’s shop on Savile Row more times in the past fortnight than I have in years. After more than four months of abstinence, it’s been a joy to see one London’s most colourful menswear destinations get back to business – and to check-in with the Savile Row team.
On my last visit, something caught my eye: a quintet of short-sleeve, camp collar shirts in the coolest of linen fabrics. Quite apart from an exciting hit of high summer ‘newness’, these are the first short sleeve, open-collar shirts Drake’s has ever made – an exciting moment in the brand’s history.
The camp collar shirt in its earliest guise – like most men’s clothing – was a workwear staple. I’m talking, of course, about the guayabera shirt, a hardy open-collar design with four front pockets and reinforced strips of embroidery down the front and back. Folklore suggests the name derives from the Spanish word for guava fruit, ‘guayaba,’ and that the shirt was worn by farmers and labourers who collected guava in the roomy pockets of their shirts.