Mercer Says

Everyone in the trad/ivy world is readily familiar with Mercer & Sons shirts. They are renowned for their distinctive soft collars…and roll. Not only do they do collar roll right, but they also nail it when it comes to web copy.

I don’t own a Mercer shirt yet. I do However visit their site on occasion to gaze at fabric and to read their descriptions of the fabric. I love their descriptions as they are informative, knowledgeable, fun, and funny. A rarity in today’s world of fast fashion and loose facts. I have shared a few m of my favorites below, but do yourself a favor and visit Mercer & Son’s site to read more. Maybe even treat yourself to a new shirt.!

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Jerrod Swanton is a simple man interested in simple, classic, and traditional style.

11 Comments on "Mercer Says"

  1. JoelVau says:

    Have one, love it. But did not find the blogosphere hype to be accurate. I did not find it to be tent like in fullness. It is perfectly shaped for me. (But actually seems a it less full than BB.). Although, at 6-1, 195 I am not a twig. Color is wonderful. Collar superb. Service even better. Michael Spencer also has tremendous customre service. In both companies the owner answers my emails. Have one of their’s also. HOWEVER, even though an executive, I have two small children to rear for 10 more years, and cannot justify $140 plus for a dress shirt. Found someone on ebay about a year ago who had a lot of BB shirts (old new version) in my exact size, still in the bag. Ordered 5 at $40 each and wish I’d ordered more. Don’t mind the lined collar, in fact, they provide a bit ot substance as stated by the profile Ivy Style recently did on the former BB president. But if you can afford it, Mercer is great. No question. Absolutely. Tucker Carlson wears them almost exclusively. That should impress conservatives and even trad libs.

    • Paxonus says:

      I recently purchased my first Mercer with their first time buyer offer of a 25% discount. I agree fully with you on the fit. I am on the slim side, but I ordered their standard fit and couldn’t be more pleased. The only explanation I can think of for the complaints is the current obsession with “fitted” clothing. The material is quite substantial and will take some time to soften, which is exactly the way it should be.

  2. JoelVau says:

    Very nice and appropriate nod to Mercer, Jerrod.

  3. Jon V DiBenedetto says:

    Is Mercer the manufactured of their shirts or do they contract with someone like Gitman to make them? Either way I plan on ordering some in basic colors soon.

  4. John says:

    Thanks for the afternoon chuckle, I had never seen their material descriptions before.

  5. Steve L. says:

    I hope you do not have to learn this the hard (i.e., expensive) way but I don’t think that the Mercer shirts will fit you very well. They truly are copiously cut, and you appear to be a slim guy. I tried two of the shirts — one standard, one modified — and wound up having to have both re-tailored locally. The BD collars are indeed beautiful, and some of the fabrics are really desirable, but the giant wad of extra fabric around my waist was very uncomfortable and the way it mushroomed over the top of my trousers looked distinctly odd.

  6. Will says:

    I recently received my first Mercer shirt and love it. I actually thought I first read about them here but the only mention I can find before thirst post is in the comment section of an earlier one.

    The shirt’s cut seems just a tad less fuel than my Brooks Brothers traditional fit ocbds or the Ralph Lauren yarmouth shirts I’ve picked up on ebay. It’s also a tiny bit shorter around the sides than the Brooks Brothers shirts, with a slightly higher bottom button (that may be more due to the 6 button placket.

  7. andrew says:

    you don’t have to live with mercer’s standard fit. part of their site helps with fit,, and I have found it useful to compare measurements with sites that allow you to adjust online like Michael Spencer or Proper Cloth. Ultimately, probably best to call Mercer to talk through fitting issues, they’re helpful on the phone.

    Their unlined/unfused shirts are great. nice oxford cloth, pretty simple shirt really, and they wear very well. when i was dabbling with no-iron cotton shirts, the collars and cuffs were wearing thin or fraying after about 2 years and cost about 1/3 what these do. the Mercer shirts will last more than 6 years, and untreated cotton is much more comfortable and breathable than cotton with the no-iron chemicals infused. .

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