The Rolls-Royce of bespoke dress shirts is Charvet, the Paris based tailor that created custom shirts for the most important men and women in history. More than 150 years old, Charvet stands out head and shoulders, ranking among only a handful of bespoke dress shirt makers in the world. The client list is remarkable, giving the the firm a pedigree that simply cannot be purchased and a reputation that is nearly unmatched.
Imagine every facet of your shirt, custom tailored to your own body. Just the right amount of pull, resistance or slack where you like it. Mother of pearl buttons. Quality stitching. The most luxurious dress shirt fabrics anywhere in the world.
Coco Chanel, Presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, Oscar Wilde, the Kings and Queens of Europe, Debussy, Monet, Fred Astaire, Proust, Frank Lloyd Wright, President Jacque Chirac of France, Bing Crosby and Noel Coward are just a few of the clients who wore Charvet shirts.
These are just some of the things that make Charvet special in the world of high-end custom tailoring and some of the reasons you will want to get your hands on your very own custom dress shirt as soon as your wallet can afford it.
Charvet Bespoke Dress Shirt Clients Can Choose from More Than 6,000 Shirt Fabrics
Charvet boasts the world’s largest collection of bespoke dress shirt fabrics, with more than 6,000 patterns, colors and designs at the company’s flagship store, located at Place Vendôme in Paris a few steps away from the famous Ritz Hotel.
From Sea Island cotton to classic royal Oxfords, Egyptian cotton broadcloths to unique mixes and blends you can’t find elsewhere, you will likely be able to have any garment you can conceive crafted for you in this tailor’s paradise. Summer weights, winter weights, and in-between weights are available for you to customize based upon the climate where you will be wearing the dress shirts.
The Charvet Bespoke Dress Shirt Experience
The skilled craftsmen at Charvet will take roughly twenty five body measurements to create the pattern upon which your bespoke dress shirts will be based. Following the initial measurement, once your patterns are finalized, it takes approximately four weeks for your shirts to arrive. They can be shipped anywhere in the world to accommodate your schedule.
“Men come here alone and get lost for hours, really,” says Anne-Marie Colban, co-owner of the House of Charvet to Portfolio magazine, with a laugh. “It’s a candy store for grown men.”
How Much Does a Charvet Bespoke Dress Shirt Cost?
The cost of a Charvet dress shirt will depend upon the material and options you select. The typical retail price for these perfectly tailored treasures generally falls somewhere between $450 and $1,400 per shirt. There are some ready to wear Charvet shirts, which we will discuss in a moment, that retail for much less ($395 at current retail prices).
Ready to Wear Charvet Shirts and Charvet Ties
To generate sales from upscale buyers who might not yet be ready to shell out the kind of money necessary for a bespoke Charvet shirt, the firm has created ready-to-wear dress shirts that retail for $395. These shirts are sold through the high-end luxury retailers in the United States such as Saks, Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. The company’s ultra luxurious silk ties retail for approximately $200 each but one glance at them and you can tell they are better than virtually anything else you’ve ever owned.
Famous Clients of Charvet Dress Shirts
Charvet shirts have played an important role in history, being worn by monarchs, authors, tycoons and political leaders. These have included:
- Coco Chanel
- Yves Saint Laurent
- André Leon Talley
- Frank Lloyd Wright
- Bruce Willis
- Oscar Wilde
- Orson Welles
- Alexis de Tocqueville
- Marcel Proust
- Claude Monet
- Henri Matisse
- Edouard Manet
- Claude Debussy
- Bing Crosby
- Noel Coward
- Sofia Coppola
- Hector Berlioz
- Fred Astaire
- Abdul Hamid II, Sultan (1842)
- Alfonso XII of Spain, King of Spain 1857
- Alfonso XIII of Spain, King of Spain 1886
- Prince Antoine, Duke of Montpensier, French 1824
- President of France, Jacques Chirac
- President of France, Charles de Gaulle
- President of France Paul Deschanel
- King of England Edward VII
- British Prince, Edward VIII
- Farouk I, King of Egypt
- Princess Stephanie Grimaldi of Monegasque
- Charles Haughey, Irish Prime Minister
- President John F. Kennedy, United States
- President of France Francois Mitterand
- Princess Mathilde de Morny, France
- Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro
- King Nikola I, Montenegrin
- Maharadjah Bhupinder Singh
- Prince Philippe, France
- President Ronald Reagan, United States