The white shirt has long been considered the holy grail of fashion. A staple worn by many, whether concerned by its stylistic purpose or not, the simplicity, elegance and no-fuss aesthetic synonymous with a crisp white shirt means no wardrobe can be complete without it. Whether you're a doctor, journalist, school student, priest, service worker or fashion worshipper, the white shirt discriminates against nobody.
Considering this, Karl Templer's Ports 1961 has teamed up with Vogue's sustainability editor, Tonne Goodman, to design a new capsule collection that reflects on the pair's mutual love for the beauty of a simple white shirt. As a brand, Ports 1961 also has strong ties with the white shirt, with its longstanding presence and heritage dating back to the label's beginnings, 60 years ago. Playing on this importance, the object of fashion's endless desire, the white shirt, provides the cornerstone for this joint capsule collection, featuring a variety of timeless pieces, all made from organic cotton.
Speaking of the cultural relevance of a white shirt, Templer noted:
'The white shirt is iconic. It symbolises purity, gentle power, confidence and ease. I'm thrilled to work with Tonne. I've always admired her innate style that combines elegance with informality and have a deep respect for her commitment to advancing sustainable practices in fashion.'
The capsule collection, named Essential Edit, includes a selection of crisp white shirts in a wide range of styles and cuts; one has deep French cuffs that offer more of a stylistic take, another has box pleats, naturally oozing elegance and flair. Added length makes for a dress, while an oversized style doubles up as a jacket. Extra additions also include wide-leg trousers paired with a simple tie closure, two simple t-shirts, one short-sleeved, one long-sleeved, a recycled cashmere sweater in ivory and a sustainable silk scarf.
What makes the collection guilt-free, mainly when matters of the environment are more pressing than ever, is that Goodman and Templer have teamed up to partner with Italian manufacturer Ratti, whose reputation is built on extensive research and innovation in sustainable production. Ratti's manufacturing processes reduce water waste, energy, and chemical use by using environmentally friendly materials and production techniques.
The white shirt is an untouchable classic that will be a trusted item in many wardrobes for decades to come, but nothing is more fashionable in today's climate than a sustainable white shirt. Reflecting on the sustainable importance of this collection, Goodman commented:
'All aspects of the Essential Edit reflect Ports 1961's acknowledgement of the importance to furthering fashion with sustainability alongside great design. This collection acts as a starting point for the brand, allowing it to explore ways to introduce sustainability into its core collections over the long term. It has been a great pleasure for me to work with Karl in developing a collection from what I consider the most important and enduring piece in my wardrobe; the classic white shirt."
The Essential Edit collection will be available from September 7th at the PORTS1961.com e-shop and global stores.