We Asked 5 Menswear Founders Why Their Henley Is the Best Henley
Who wins the War of the Henleys?
We’ve always found it difficult to distinguish one Henley from another.
The colarless, buttoned shirt takes its name from Henley-on-Thames, a riverside town in Oxfordshire, England, where rowers wearing placketed uniforms raced in the Henley Royal Regatta as early as 1839.
Today, the style is beloved for being casual, comfy, and just put-together enough to leave the house in. Every man should have a few in different colors. The only problem is deciding which brand to go with. All Henley offerings look so similar. Sure, some have two buttons and others have up to five, but what really sets Henleys apart from one another?
We asked the founders behind five menswear labels — Buck Mason, Flint + Tinder, Outerknown, Stock Mfg Co., and Taylor Stitch — a simple question. What makes your Henley the best Henley?
Some cited waterless construction, others special fabric blends. And all are convinced (as they should be) of their Henley’s excellence. Read their comments below, and decide for yourself.
Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Henley
It’s a zero-waste Henley (52% Upcycled Cotton, 48% Recycled Poly,) uses zero water (waterless construction saves roughly 1,200 gallons per shirt) and about twice the weight (8 oz.) of a standard cotton tee-shirt. That all adds up to a henley that’s responsibly built for the long haul. — Michael Maher, Co-Founder & CEO
Buck Mason Curved Hem Henley
Everyone does a Henley, but no one does one with a curved hem. Henleys are traditionally cut straight at the bottom and bound with a cover stitch, but our scooped hem is clean-finished for a touch of tailored sophistication. The length offers coverage at the stomach and lower back, while still giving you access to your pockets. We also use a light fusible backing in our placket so the collar lays right. Our Henley comes in a smooth tri-blend fabric and a rich, pima cotton. The short sleeve version has a nice banded cuff that hits at the bicep.
— Erik Allen Ford, Co-Founder of Buck Mason
Flint + Tinder Heavyweight Henley
A Henley is a layering hero, so we focused on a few important details:
1. Substantial fabric: our fabric is both sturdy and substantial, using 100% USA grown and processed 8oz jersey. It gets better the more you wash it.
2. Tailored fit: it’s meant to be worn over a tee, but tailored in the arm and hem to make you look taller.
3. The details: we use unbreakable Japanese Urea buttons as well as a screen print label for comfort and durability. — Brian Rather, Director of Flint and Tinder
Stock Mfg Co. Cobalt Long Sleeve Henley
The main thing that sets our Henley apart is the fabric. It’s made from a really nice 20 single-heather blend that’s loomed in Los Angeles; it’s soft but still feels substantial. The sleeves feature interior ribbed gussets for comfort and mobility, and the placket is fastened with ivory cat-eye buttons made in Italy. The cobalt colorway is garment dyed in Los Angeles.
— Tim Tierney, Co-Founder of Stock Mfg.
Outerknown Odyssey Henley/Sojourn Henley
I prefer a long-sleeve Henley to a short-sleeve Henley any day of the week. Worn with a pair of your favorite jeans, a long-sleeve henley can be one of the most versatile items in your wardrobe. We built our Odyssey Henley with workwear detailing such as cats-eye buttons, flatlock seams, and a raw edge with soft, double-knit construction. This means it looks great worn on its own, but when the weather calls it’s the perfect layer to wear under our Blanket Shirts, too. We deliberately chose our heathered-yarns in grey, oatmeal & indigo, ‘cause quite honestly they are hard to mess up! Any man can pull this off. Meanwhile, the idea behind our Sojourn Henley was quite simple. Our Sojourn Tees, including our pocket and our crew, have been some of our best-selling tees since we launched Outerknown, so it made sense to add a Henley into the mix. We made the Henley in the same 100% organic super-soft Peruvian Pima cotton that we make our tees in and it’s another great option for those warm days ahead.
— John Moore, Co-Founder of Outerknown
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