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Made in U.S.A Since 1982. Authentic Ivy League Look. G.Bruce Boyer. Unlined, Non-fused, Classic Full Roll 3 7/16" Button Down Collars. Better than Brooks Brothers. Two-Ply, Yarn-Dyed Pima Cotton Oxford, 2 7/8" Straight Point Collars, Generously Cut. Exceptional Comfort. Traditional Good Looks. Hard-to-Find Sizes, Sea Island Broadcloths, English and Italian Superfine Shirtings, Solids, Stripes, Checks, Plaids, French Cuffs, Contrast Collars, 'J.Press' Flap Pockets, Big and Tall Sizes, Single Needle Stitching. Custom Tailoring. Impeccable after 150+ Launderings. Classic Pima Cotton Oxford Boxers. All American Made. Guaranteed to Outlast All Others.


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Why do MERCER&SONS shirts have such a distinctive look?

First of all, our collars are without peer, and recognizable upon first glance by both traditionalist and afficionado alike. Both our button down and our straight collars are unlined, except for exceptionally thin shirtings, and then only the very lightest lining is used. Fusing, with its stiff feel and uncomfortable look, is simply not an option. As a result, both the full roll of our button down and the relaxed look of our straight collar are truly distinctive.


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Our Trademark 3 7/16" Button Down Collar

Equally important, only an unlined, non-fused, hand-turned collar and neckband produce the collars which will match the individual contours of each person and produce the absolute comfort for which we are famous. Naturally, an unlined and non-unfused collar requires a more experienced maker, but we know that the extra time and effort necessary to produce the look and comfort of a Mercer and Sons collar is fully appreciated by our discerning friends.

Second, we offer an honest, full cut as a matter of traditional style and old-fashioned good taste. 
Good taste is based upon good sense. And truly full cut shirts (not the so-called “generously cut” shirts offered by others) are much more comfortable to wear. Just as the body and arm holes of our shirts are designed to offer maximum comfort, so do good taste and comfort require the full cut we provide in the length of sleeves and tail, as well.

Why don’t others offer old-fashioned, generously cut shirts?

Pure and simple- a truly full cut shirt is much more expensive to make.
Our shirts require at least 15% more cloth than other so-called “generously cut” shirts. Shirting fabric is very expensive- especially the two-ply, yarn-dyed, long staple pima cotton oxford and other high count Egyptian broadcloths which we require.

Does a truly full cut shirt last longer?

Yes, absolutely.
Other manufacturers intentionally make their shirts with little room for the give and take of every day wear. As a result, their shirts not only are less comfortable, they wear out more quickly, requiring replacement shirts much more often than necessary. As far as we’re concerned, good taste is good sense, and good value, as well.

Your customers say your shirts last twice as long as the finest British, Italian, and other specialty store shirts. Is that true?

Yes, our shirts remain impeccable after 150+ launderings.
Unlike any others, ours are specifically designed and constructed to withstand the tremendous stresses of daily wear and repeated launderings, maintaining their crisp look as the fabric gets even softer over time. 

Why are your shirts such a good investment?

Short-sighted economics is not an issue for us. Good taste, maximum comfort, honest value and long term customer satisfaction demand special cutting procedures, with no short cuts or skimping on materials or labor. Only our unique patterns and experienced cutters can guarantee you the degree of comfort you deserve, comfort which will make you a MERCER&SONS customer for life.

What are some of the other features which make MERCER&SONS shirts so distinctive?

First, our pima cotton oxford cloth is two-ply and yarn-dyed.
Rather than dyeing large lots of piece goods, our yarns are individually dyed before the cloth is woven, ensuring the distinctive look and long lasting qualities we require of our shirts. It’s well worth our extra cost and effort.
Second, as opposed to single ply oxford, our heavier weight, higher count and longer staple, ultrapima tm two- ply oxford cloth is the most durable dress shirting fabric made. Rather than wearing out or pilling, our oxford cloth shirts only improve over time, aging well, rather than appearing either new or cheap, or old and tattered.

You use the finest oxford (and other Egyptian broadcloth fabrics) available. What are some of your construction secrets?

First of all, highly skilled and dedicated seamstresses can actually take advantage of the specialized techniques of fine custom tailoring, particularly those details which create exquisite appearance and long-lasting qualities.
For example, each shirt is made with single needle craftsmanship throughout, including side seams.

Why does MERCER&SONS use single needle stitching exclusively?

Single needle stitching offers a neater appearance (it never puckers or suffers from cockling) and more strength; it is, however, a much more expensive operation. Double needle stitching is a one-part operation requiring little skill.
Single needle stitching, especially on the side seams, requires not only the experience of highly skilled custom shirt makers- but twice as much time, as single needle stitching is, in fact, a two-step, laborious procedure.
Our hand-made shirt cannot be compared to that produced by double needle shirt factories.

What other details help to distinguish MERCER&SONS shirts?

We make each and every shirt with twenty stitches per inch top stitching and an extremely fine, 1/32 inch edge stitching.
We also use custom details such as superior "pearl edge" lock stitch buttonholes, requiring 164 stitches, our unique, cross stitched buttons and our signature "v" turn up at the bottom of the front center placket (the only way to guarantee a clean finish to the center placket).

You and your seamstresses take real pride in your MERCER&SONS shirts.

Certainly each shirt is important to us, as we know it will be to you. For that reason alone, we hand pin individually all stripes and checks to achieve perfect matching throughout each shirt. You will also note that, rather than just including a packet of extra buttons, we take the time and expense to sew extra buttons to the bottom of the placket of each and every shirt.
Finally, we individually press, fold, pin and tissue each shirt by hand, an unnecessary touch, perhaps, but one which creates a good first impression, one that will last over the years.

We take tremendous pride in the fact that we offer our customers a hand-crafted, American made shirt, at a good price. Made in USA works for us, and works for our customers.


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Our 2 7/8" Modified Spread Collar
 

1-800-705-2828
serena@mercerandsons.com

Traditional Shirtmakers
Made in USA since 1982

 

Made in U.S.A Since 1982. Authentic Ivy League Look. G.Bruce Boyer. Unlined, Non-fused, Classic Full Roll 3 7/16" Button Down Collars. Better than Brooks Brothers. Two-Ply, Yarn-Dyed Pima Cotton Oxford, 2 7/8" Straight Point Collars, Generously Cut. Exceptional Comfort. Traditional Good Looks. Hard-to-Find Sizes, Sea Island Broadcloths, English and Italian Superfine Shirtings, Solids, Stripes, Checks, Plaids, French Cuffs, Contrast Collars, 'J.Press' Flap Pockets, Big and Tall Sizes, Single Needle Stitching. Custom Tailoring. Impeccable after 150+ Launderings. Classic Pima Cotton Oxford Boxers. All American Made. Guaranteed to Outlast All Others.
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