Turnbull & Asser

Founded in 1885 by Reginald Turnbull and Ernest Asser, tailors Turnbull & Asser have long been a mecca for tailored shirt-lovers.

Famous for their dress shirts, Turnbull & Asser have had a varied existence beginning as hosiers and even serving the Swinging London set during the 1960s.

In 1962 they began to outfit James Bond as first portrayed by Sean Connery, whose dress shirts had turnback cuffs fastened with buttons as opposed to cufflinks, sometimes referred to as the James Bond Cuff.

Turnbull asser shop
Appropriated from flickr.com/photos/duncan/

In 1981, after his marriage to Princess Diana, Prince Charles issued his first Royal warrant to Turnbull & Asser for making his bespoke shirts.

If you get the opportunity, do stop by the Jermyn Street shop and drink up old England in this shop that appears to have never changed since first opening its doors.

Turnbull asser shirts

Now owned by Ali Al-Fayed (ex-Harrods owner Mohamed Al-Fayed’s younger brother), Turnbull & Asser have opened in New York and even launched an online shop.

Hopefully they stay around for many years to come…


Having worked in design for the past decade, Daniel started ateliertally.com as a discussion of timeless, modernist product design. Trained as a graphic designer, he also has an avid interest in typography. You can follow him on Twitter @ateliertally.


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