The Detachable Collar & Tunic Shirt

The Detachable Collar & Tunic Shirt


  1. D. Findlater says:


    I feel you should have mentioned celluloid collars. Today it is so hard to find laundering for starched cotton ones. I used to wear cotton ones but found celluloid collars are superb. They are thinner but still strong and made of plastic to give that nice shine while having the texture of fabric. The store ‘Amazon Dry goods’ makes a few different styles of them. And the best part of them is when it comes to washing. All you really need us soap and water. The making of (and even knowledge of the excistance) of celluloid collars has really depleted since the turn-of-the-century. But when you find one it’s a great buy.

    • Kevin says:

      Dear Sir;
      I have a number of shirts that were converted from their original attached collars & cuffs.
      My laundry that was my supplier of detachable collars & cuffs has since retired.
      The body of the shirts are quite serviceable; but, I no longer have a source for collars & cuffs.
      Can you advise me as to a source for collars & cuffs.
      I’m of the school that a gentleman’s cuff should be adorned by links.

  2. Leonard Garbett says:

    I wish to purchase two white Dinner shirts suitable for detachable collars. These types of shirts are
    worn by Grand Lodge Officers (Freemasory) The shirts I have are unfortuately well worn.
    Shirts required are seen in the Movie “Titanic” Size 17″ neck (44) Autralian measurment. Front of the shirt can be starched, and to be fastioned by 3 shirt studs. Cuffs suitable for Cufflinks.
    Chest size 120″ . Arm length 24″

  3. James Blah says:

    I am surprised there is no mention of on here? There is nothing wrong with their collars and they do have quite a good range of them too!

  4. We are lucky in England because Barkers do all our collars and full dress shirts for us. We had a tradition of stiff collars that have lasted up to today with Royal Ascot, white tie events and a legal profession with court dress requiring stiff collars to be worn as well as the film and television industry involving period dramas and costumers and vintage dress enthusiasts.

    For those in America, I have read that this company can starch stiff collars:
    613 West Chicago Avenue
    East Chicago
    Indiana 46312
    Telephone (001) 219 398 1177

  5. Katherine Y. says:

    It’s not really that difficult to clean detachable collars. After all, 19th and early 20th century housewives were able to do it. We are currently living in the US due to a job-related move, and after two improperly starched shirts and collars, I scoured the Internet for hints and tips to starch my husband’s collars and shirts. I also phoned my granny (born in 1928) who grew up in an English country house when the washing was still done by hand. She loved “helping” (I suspect she was mostly in the way) the women who did the washing, and remembered that collars were placed on collar forms.
    It’s a bit time-consuming, but quite easy and inexpensive. I have tried two different starches, and achieved very good results with both of them. The first is a powdered laundry starch called Argo, which can be ordered on-line, whilst the second I tried is a pre-mixed liquid starch called Linit. I have only seen it at my local Giant supermarket. It comes in a big plastic bottle and can be used diluted or undiluted for maximum strength.
    Argo starch has to be boiled, which is a bit messy, and not that economical as leftovers cannot be reused.

    Step 1:
    Soak collars in cold water for at least 8 hours to remove old starch
    Step 2:
    Handwash in warm, but not hot, soapy water to remove dirt
    Step 3:
    Hang up to dry
    Step 4:
    Pour starch into a small bowl (boiled starch has to be warm, not hot) and place collar in starch. Ensure that the fabric can soak up enough starch. Carefully wipe off excess starch.
    Step 5:
    Reshape collar and let dry. I use a clean, round 2-litre plastic cola bottle (necessity is the mother of invention), and wrap my husband’s collars around it. If sufficient stiffness is not achieved, repeat steps 4 and 5.
    Step 6:
    Moisten with water and iron.

  6. Christopher John Modoo says:

    My experience* with separate collars was always to wear a size larger. If you wear your correct shirt size you will need the extra length to compensate for the additional layer. But it is best to find what you are comfortable with and remember that RTW shirt sizes vary from brand to brand. Jeremy Hackett wears the same size collar and neckband.
    Christopher Modoo
    *Over 20 years in the menswear industry including a decade at Ede & Ravenscroft.

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