Ben Sherman returned from adventures in the USA to set up his shirt business in the UK in 1963. Inspired by the potent optimism of mid-twentieth century America, the land of make-believe, teenage rebellion and pop culture, he set about re-inventing and re-defining the shirt in a new and exciting way for the British market.
From his first factory in Bedford Square, Brighton, he launched the ‘original Ben Sherman shirt’ which featured a host of innovate details inspired by American styling but now sharper for the UK consumer. All of this was underpinned by an unflinching belief in quality fabrics that were all sourced from America.
Ben Sherman transformed the humble shirt from a staple item into a statement piece that was perfect for the mood of the early 1960s and an instant success. This was demonstrated most clearly by the brand being adopted by the Mod movement of that era. Inspired by a modernist sartorial approach, this intrinsically British sub-culture embraced the Ben Sherman shirt, loving it for its high quality fabrication, slim-fitting style and unique design. Donned by so many influential bands of the time, a British classic look was born, and Ben Sherman was at the heart of it.
Five decades later, and the Ben Sherman clothing has been embraced and loved by many of the key British youth and style cultures that followed, such as Northern Soul, Ska, Two-tone, and Punk, Mod revivalism and Brit-pop. Each of these vibrant sub-cultures has provided fresh impetus and rediscovery of the Ben Sherman brand so it has naturally become rooted in the British fashion consciousness.
Ben Sherman's DNA and British idiosyncrasies are explored and reimagined throughout the brand's A/W 15 Collection, which has been inspired by a very British spectrum of influences - from the unique relationship Britons have with the weather to the brand's DNA-infused elements, such as windowpane checks.
The Autumn/Winter 2015 Jacket Collection is out now, available online here
and in selected size? stores.