In the mak­ing

Country Life Every Week - - In The Making -

HENRY JERMYN has a lot to an­swer for: with­out him, Lon­don’s Jermyn Street wouldn’t have been our favourite bustling shop­ping des­ti­na­tion, brim­ming with top­notch es­tab­lish­ments, for the past 300 years. En­ter from the St James’s Street end, look right and you might catch a glimpse of shirt-maker Emma Wil­lis mea­sur­ing up her next client. ‘I only use the finest Swiss cot­ton, the shirts are cut by hand and are made with care and at­ten­tion, which our cus­tomers can feel,’ says Emma.

A breath of fresh air in the male-dom­i­nated world of tai­lor­ing, she can guess the hand you write with, ac­com­mo­date a watch with a wider cuff and tai­lor to any physique. ‘A shirt should show qui­etly el­e­gant taste,’ re­veals Emma, whose pieces are hand­made in her Glouces­ter­shire work­shop and grace the wardrobes of The Prince of Wales and Colin Firth. Her char­ity work in­cludes mak­ing be­spoke shirts for in­jured sol­diers re­cov­er­ing at Hed­ley Court in Sur­rey. Emma’s tips for shirt wear­ers ‘Choose a col­lar shape that can be worn both with and with­out a tie, to max­imise use. Try to own 20–30 good shirts: 12 busi­ness, six shoot­ing, two evening and six sum­mer-hol­i­day linen shirts. Ma­chine wash on a 40˚ cot­ton cy­cle, then hang to dry and iron when still damp’

‘A man spends much of his life in a shirt, so the feel of the cot­ton, the look and the cut are hugely im­por­tant for com­fort and con­fi­dence Chid­wick’ Emma Wil­lis talks to Hetty

From the board­room to the beach... Ready-to-wear shirts start at £200; be­spoke from £310 (www.em­maw­; 020– 7930 9980)

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