On the Map

While John Simons has definitely been on the map for the Ivy set in London it was not on my radar as a shopping option. That is until my recent popover purchase.


Since my original purchase (see here) I have grabbed a few more of their own brand shirts. The reason is their amazing madras fabric that is gauzy and cool along with the patterns that they were doing them up in. The tartan-ish madras featured above was the tipping point. It was just too good for me to resist and I am so glad that I did not. I also picked up another madras popover and  the gingham popover seen below.


I will say that my purchases did not come without some challenges. My first popover actually came as the button-front version instead of the popover. I sent a few emails that were met with no reply which was frustrating. I understand that this does not inspire confidence, but I want to be honest. As a side note, I have heard that they are great over the phone. A call seemed like a hassle to me and I ended up just keeping the button-front. Internet shopping is not without its pitfalls.


Sizing is also a little challenging. Challenging is not the right word. What I found is that the sizing is not consistent. It was consistent among the exact same product type but not type to type. Luckily for them I am used to this as very few shops are consistent in this area. Luckily for me everything fit good enough.

Despite all of these issues they have succeeded in making a fan out of me. The products spoke for themselves. The madras fabric is some of the best I have ever touched, I love their patterns, and even their labels are cool.

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

6 Comments on "On the Map"

  1. James says:

    Who makes those white pants? That button up front madras shirt looks OK too. What I like about your blog is that you yourself try on and wear what you blog about.

  2. Pat says:

    ENVY Nice shirts. Often in the UK they have 2x a year sales about now.
    Will take a look.


  3. Jon DiBenedetto says:

    Wow! Great shirts and nice fits! I’ve always meant to give Simons a try.

  4. oxford cloth button down says:

    James – Thanks! I try to walk it like I talk it. The white jeans are Levi 501s.

  5. George says:

    Ox I’m thinking of getting one of these you’re about the same size as I am – did you get the small or medium?

  6. oxford cloth button down says:

    George – Great question. I purchased a small. They are on the larger size of smalls, but still in small territory.

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