INtrigue INsider: Henley by Garbe

What is a Henley?

My very first Henley was a waffle cotton knit bodysuit in dove grey ordered from the Victoria’s Secret Catalogue.  That started my love for this type of casual shirt.

I find this one from Garbe an impeccably constructed shirt in one of the most luxurious mercerized cottons.  It’s a take on the classic henley but with a bit of an edge with details like italian buttons and raw seams.  Comfy yet sophisticated.  Note: It is NOT a bodysuit.


grey henley
I wear these 3 more than I’d like to admit.
Monique in her Garbe

Trivia: They were so named because this particular style of shirt was the traditional uniform of rowers in the English town of Henley-on-Thames.

Originally quite popular in the early 1970s, Henley shirts have recently made a fashion comeback.

In his biography of Ralph Lauren, the journalist Michael Gross quotes a New York merchant who recalled showing a vintage shirt to a Ralph Lauren buyer: “I showed this fellow underwear—a three-button long-sleeve shirt by Johnstown Knitting Mills. He said, ‘This is a new shirt.’ That’s where he got the idea for the Henley shirt.”

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