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

Beautiful suspenders

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