Today, I had the pleasure of visiting the world’s first ever shirt shop, Charvet, in Paris. Established in 1838 by Joseph-Christophe Charvet, it’s now located at 28 place Vendôme, in a five storey building (formerly known as the Bank of America’s building).
Charvet offers its exceptionally well-made men’s shirts in ready-to-wear collection, demi-mesure (made-to-measure), and la mesure (bespoke) service. Charvet features the world’s largest collection of shirt fabrics, with more than 6.000 patterns, colours and designs.
French house also has an extraordinary selection of colourful neckwear made of the highest quality silk, satin, knitted silk, jacquard and grenadine. They also carry beautiful silk pyjamas, robes, pocket squares, braces and their famous knot cuff links. Products are created in the department of Indre (center of France) and only custom-made suits are made at the flagship store.
I was really delighted to discover their products but also the secrets of this house of quality.
Here are some photos from my wonderful visit to Charvet!
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Shirts with bowties and pocket squares
charvet silk knot cufflinks
Silk knit ties
Silk flower for buttonholes
Display for evening wear
Silk dressing gown and matching bow tie
Stunning choice of fabrics for shirt at the floor
Floor to ceilling, shirt fabrics are organize by color
Choices of white fabrics
Few examples in the fitting rooms
Colorful socks at the ready-to-wear floor
Old wooden fitting room
Charvet windsor bow tie (made specially for the Duke of Windsor)
Velvet dressing gown
Silk dressing gown
Tailoring floor with a large choice of fabrics
Few suits made for customers