Any well-respected dictionary – and I’m including my esteemed, and well-thumbed, copy of the OED – will tell you that to “get shirty” means to get annoyed or exasperated with someone. I like to think that even the briefest acquaintance with any of our lovely new collection of shirts would have the opposite, ameliorative effect. For starters, they come equipped with all the bespoke detailing you’d expect, nay demand, of a TE creation – semi-fitted body, tailored hem, hand-cut with 18 stitches-per-inch for redoubtable robustness, pearl buttons, and contrast under-collar and under-cuffs in various checks, paisleys, and Spitalfields flower patterns, for subtle, and even subversive, splashes of colour. Secondly, the various colours and patterns – brilliant blues, tattersall and micro-checks, herringbones – plus the classic “Kent” collar, named for the Duke of Kent and sitting halfway between the “Windsor” and “London” collars, means they’re equally at home in smart or casual contexts (dare I introduce the term “smasual” at this point?), happy to accommodate a dashing TE tie (whether four-in-handed, Pratted, or Half-Windsored), or the increasingly prevalent “air tie.”
Of course, if you want your own personal placket, you can avail yourself of our made-to-measure shirt service, where you can specify everything from the cottons (we have a myriad of colours and patterns to choose from), to the edge stitching (1, 5, or even a racy 7 mm’s shy of the brink), the features (darts, pleats, hanger loops, collar and cuff styles – snap-tab or cutaway, turnbacks or barrels), even the relative collar stiffness. And we can of course incorporate monograms and short sleeves (we can even place an array of ballpoint pens in the pocket, should you be ready to fully embrace the Moss-from-The-IT-Crowd look). All of which means that, where TE is concerned, getting shirty means keeping your shirt well and truly on.