Budd has some serious gravitas. It’s one of the only firms that produces proper made-to-measure shirts and it certainly is the most glamorous; glamorous in that understated, establishment kind of way.
However, it isn’t the brand itself that makes you sit up and take notice; it’s more the products. Shirts, as the firm’s name suggests, are their prime products, and fully bespoke shirts are ‘ the cornerstone of Budd’. Their two dedicated shirt cutters, John Butcher and Darren Tiernan, are to their shirts what tailors are to their suits, having more than sixty years experience in the trade between them. They take fittings, give style advice and run you through the almost limitless cloth options. The shirts are then hand-cut in house and dispatched to Andover to be sewn. This commitment to traditional methods stretches back to the establishment of Budd shirts by Harold Budd in 1910 on Piccadilly Arcade, premises which it still maintains today despite being bombed during World War Two.
These shirts will be amongst the finest you’ve ever set eyes upon. The designs patterns of the off-the-rail shirts are suitably traditional and conservative, as befits a brand such as Budd. From Tatersall to linen, Budd has most options covered. Whilst the designs are plain, this gives them an elegant simplicity which matches the firm’s oeuvre. The range of materials the shirts are made from gives you excellent options to wear their shirts come rain or shine, and the usually monochrome or traditional designs allows viewers to focus on the fit of the shirt, which will be outstanding. The fit, of course, is perhaps the number one focus of Budd Shirts; there may be people wearing more adventurous shirts but there will be no one wearing as smart a shirt – this is especially true of the bespoke shirts. Also an important advantage of competitors is, of course, build quality. As a Mercedes will cost more than a Mazda but last longer, so it is with Budd Shirts. They cost more than most shirts, but will last as long as they fit you; they will last a significant amount of time more than an average shirt, thanks to the craftsmanship and sheer dedication that goes into the construction of ever shirt.
Budd are not just limited to shirts, however. They also produce a vast array of the accessories necessary for any man worth their sartorial salt. Gloves, ties and waistcoats are just a few of the range available; their scarves are a particular favourite of mine. Scarves have been neglected somewhat in recent years and have needed some TLC to revive them; Budd’s scarves manage to walk the fine line between smart enough to wear to a suit event and also being casual enough for the wearer to simply throw them on with anything during the winter months. The other thing that impresses whomever views the ‘accessories’ page on the website or indeed at the Budd shop itself is the range of unusual colours and designs on offer; they designs aren’t garish enough to dominate whatever else you are wearing, but are more than enough to provide you with the all-important admiring glances.
If you’ve ever wanted a shirt made with the same care and effort that goes into a tailored suit, then Budd Shirts are perfect for you. They certainly don’t compromise in terms of quality, refusing to move to the more modern cutting systems, believing that ‘their experience, knowledge and fluidity continues to exceed expectations.’ Budd Shirts rely on traditional methods to manufacture what they are I believe, justified in calling ‘the best shirts in London’. However, Budd is more than that; when you buy a Budd shirt, you are also buying a status symbol – a Budd shirt is piece of mind and the knowledge that you’ll have the best shirt of anyone you know.