A brief history of the shirt
It is difficult to say exactly when the shirt, as we know it, originated. Certainly, shirt-like garments were worn as early as 700-800 B.C., mainly by the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. These were worn as outer garments, often in several layers, in cool weather. During the 1500s, the shirt was considered a luxury item that was worn by persons of stature. It was during this period that the shirt first became properly visible, since coats and jackets were open at the front. This led to the extravagantly ornamental shirtfront; the more beautiful the shirtfront, the finer the gentleman. As a rule, only the visible front of the shirt was decorated, and often a loose shirtfront sufficed.
The shirt as outerwear
Eventually, the shirt-like garments became shorter and more similar to modern-day shirts (the words shirt and short share a common origin). After having been worn mainly as outer garments, they were later worn as intermediate garments, and from the Renaissance, aprox. 1480-1510, immediately next to the body.
The shirts breakthrough in the 1800s
It was not until the Biedermeier period, in the early to mid-1800s, that the shirt as we know it made its major breakthrough. However, it was not until around 1900 that truly comfortable, simple and practical shirts were manufactured, by among others, Stenströms.
What makes a Stenströms shirt so unique?
Extra-fine stitching gives discreet seams and extralong wear. Fine, double stitching produces optimum durability and elegant lap seams along the sides. The quality of a shirt is the sum of many details. The greater the attention to these details, the greater the quality. Each Stenströms shirt consists of 23 components that are cut and assembled with exacting precision. The process involves 60 distinct operations that are checked at five critical inspection stations. Over the course of a century, the comfortable, elegant fit has been perfected by skilled designers, cutters and tailors.