This shirt is cut in a canvas mixing linen and cotton – a happy combination of materials that prevents the fabric from creasing too much. Linen gives it a thread-to-thread look, and the addition of cotton increases the hold of the canvas. Sober, it is elegant in all circumstances and has a slightly textured, rustic surface. The semi-plain effect is the result of weaving an ecru weft thread and a marengo blue warp thread. It's a winter essential! Adaptable, it will look smart under a blue suit.
Jazz music accompanied Patric Hollington wherever he was: at home, in his car, at the office or in his studio. Witness of his favourite moments, jazz took him to the guts, and he loved all of its colours. He could describe the weight of the notes or the substance of a song. His favourite period was the 1940s and 1950s, and he knew as much about it as he did about fabric.
As you may imagine, Patric designed the Truman shirt while listening to jazz, and probably even listening to Nat King Cole, his favourite jazzman contemporary of President Harry Truman. That day, for the first time in hollington’s history, the shirt created will be unbuttoned from top ... down!
The Truman's cut is wide and its wide armhole ends on a two-button cuff. American collars inspired Patric here, but he took to collar tab off – the saxophonist Coleman Hawkins liked his collars with no tab. For a more recent reference, the collars chosen by the costumers of the Mad Men series look like the collar of the Truman shirt. A chest pocket is also there to allow you to drop the waistcoat or jacket and go dancing to a jazz tune.
As for style, Patric imagined the Truman worn with the collar tightly closed, strict and chic, matched with flannel pants worn short with a 5 cm lapel. But some people adapted it and wear it oversize, open on a T-shirt, like an over shirt.