Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Tattersall Shirts and Moleskins

Mercer & Sons New Tattersall Pattern: James Bond Favorite Tattersall-Green British Brushed Cotton Flannel <>.
For many, autumn is a time to replenish Tattersall Shirts and Moleskin Trousers.

Tattersall Shirts

Outside town, only one fabric is suitable for the countryside.  This was invented in 1890 by Henry Ernest Hollins, a Derbyshire mill owner... named after the patterned horse blankets used in Richard Tattersall's famous market.  
- Paul Keers <,>, A Gentleman's Wardrobe
Some Men's Tattersall Shirt (non-wrinkle-resistant) providers are:
  • Barbour Tattersall
My school colors are black and orange but last year, I was able to find a navy blue "hoodie" with white and orange felt letters. I will enjoy the navy, and endure the orange. My mum suggested a navy/orange tattersall but I have yet to find one. If anyone sees one, for men or women, please let me know! Thank you.  (Comment)
Breaking out my tattersall shirts towards the end of August. The nights are already getting cooler, ski conditioning classes begin in Sept, knowing that soon it will be fall, the students will be back and football begins - my favorite time of year. (Pete) 
I get mine from Harvie & Hudson. Their shirts can be found at their Jermyn Street, London shop or on the World Wide Web. They call their tattersalls "country check". Harvie & Hudson have been in business since 1949, a relative newcomer for Jermyn Street clothing firms, but the quality is excellent and a more affordable option compared to custom shirtmakers. (Comment)
When my daughter was very young, she once asked me, "Daddy, why do all of your shirts have squares on them?"(Cranky Yankee)

I was in the old [L.L. Bean] store looking for tattersall shirts when a salesman approached me. I asked if they were really open twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year. He assured me they were. Looking around the floor, which seemed to be buckling under years of foot traffic, I asked if they ever suffered any pilfering; the floor appeared crowded and rather chaotic at the time. 
“Indeed,” he answered. “Just yesterday we caught two men stealing a canoe. Walked right out to the parking lot with the canoe over their heads. Nobody noticed.” 
“Then how did you catch them,” I asked. 
“Came back for the paddles,” he answered with a wry smile.  

I love the photo of the tattersall shirts. As a horseback rider, I've always had a soft spot for the print...tattersall is the traditional print for the points on a shadbelly. (Comment)
Mercer & Sons Tattersalls:  Lambton 80% Cotton, 20% Wool on Top;(old) James Bond Brushed Cotton Flannel <>
Some Women's Tattersall Shirt (non-wrinkle-resistant) providers are:

Tattersall shirts...can't own enough of them! A true staple in a prep wardrobe!  (j. mosby)
The Barbour Outlet in Milford, NH, often has a selection of great Tattersalls at good prices.  (snowysailor)

Moleskin Trousers

Some Made in US and Made in England Sources of Men's Moleskin Trousers:
Some Made in US and Made in England Sources of Women's Moleskin Trousers:
100% cotton moleskin is one of the toughest fabrics, warm and wind breaking.  

Bought from Orvis in the 1970's, these "ratcatchers" are showing some slight signs of wear.

Across SWNE

Shown with Demoiselle <>
Great suggestions! I would not have thought to wear [pearls] with more casual, daily items like an OCBD or Tattersall, but now I'll try to wear them more often! (Comment)
Mercer makes great shirts. I have also been very happy with the shirts from JC Cordings, originator of the Tattersall, from the UK. Their store in Piccadilly is terrific, evocative of the British Empire at its peak, but it is easy to order from them on-line and American buyers are not subject to the European Value Added Tax. Cordings isn't a fashion house; their styles haven't changed in over a hundred years. They were going out of business until a financial rescue by one of their best customers, one Mr. Eric Clapton, a guitar player of some note from the neighboring county of Surrey. (Comment)

I always considered Tattersall to be a Fall/Winter fabric, best paired with waxed jackets and cords. (Comment)


  1. Viyella used to be more available than it is now. Not sure what the reason may be. Incredibly warm and comfortable. The Orvis catalog used to feature Viyella apparel regularly; now they have occasional offerings mainly for men. I have a couple of Viyella dresses purchased there; wish they would bring them back. High toastiness and comfort quotient; nice patterns.

    1. I wish Orvis would bring back many of their old staples for women; a Viyella dress would be nice! I have one of their Viyella tattersall shirts and would love to be able to add more.

    2. Try ordering directly from Viyella's website - There's a large selection to choose from.

    3. Thank you, Ken. Maybe you know more about Viyella and can explain. I always thought it was a wool/cotton twill fabric but I see there is a company called Viyella. Are they the originators of the fabric, and how do other companies manage to sell Viyella under their name? Unfortunately, the website you provided, while having beautiful men's shirts, they do not handle women's.

  2. Got out my tattersall shirts last weekend.

    1. Bitsy, where were you able to find your tattersalls?

    2. Hi Sue -- They're older, from L.L. Bean. Unfortunately, I haven't seen any from them lately.

  3. I have a couple of pairs of moleskin pants I bought from Orvis years ago. They are my go-to work pants during the fall and winter. Tough as nails, comfortable and roomy. You can’t beat moleskin.

    We are headed up into northern New England next week for a short vacation. We usually land in Freeport at some point where LL Bean’s flagship store and a great Orvis outlet are located, among other outlets (e.g., Patagonia) and stores. We’ll be stopping at the Barbour outlet in Milford on the way home. It will be my first time to the outlet, so I am looking forward to picking up a tattersall or two.

    1. Where is the Barbour outlet? There is a Milford in every state it seems including PA. Thank you. PA

    2. @PA - Milford, New Hampshire - 55 Meadowbrook Drive

    3. Thank you. We are headed to New England in October. Would like to make the outlet a stop along the way. PA

  4. Are you sure that Cordings shirts are made in England? There is nothing on the label to indicate that. Cordings tend to add a Made in England or Made in Scotland label to garments that are made in those countries. They also are big on the body to allow for freedom of movement when shooting.

    Another good source of Tattersall shirts is James Turner. They are currently on offer at a bargain 3 for £105 - Another is James Meade (£55) -

    1. I still wear a James Meade wool bathrobe (Navy with red piping) that I bought at least 25 years ago. Looks like they've traded wool for polyester fleece. That's a shame.

  5. For me, Mercer is the best. I appreciate their generous fit and soft fabrics. All of those UK sources have beautiful patterns, but the fit doesn't work for me: too tight in the chest, too tight in the arms, too long in the sleeves, and several of the purveyors cited have extremely stiff collars and cuffs.

  6. Searching for women's all cotton moleskin trousers, shipped and sold in the US.
    Any ideas where to look?