New & Lingwood have become somewhat experts in the hand-crafting and finishing processes of the finest stiff collars. The crafting technique requires patience and skill but results in a superior quality of collar that maintains rigidity and style. It begins with the collar shape being hand cut from the finest cotton, this silhouette is then steeped in Chinese rice starch for 24 hours to ensure the utmost strength in rigidity. It is subsequently moved to a gas lit steel roller to create its perfectly fitting shape before it is finally polished to achieve its stylish, shine finish.
For over 150 years we have been supplying the traditional, tailored uniform to the students of Eton college, the style of which is cemented in the formality of quintessential English gentleman’s dress. They are required to wear stiff collars with a collarless, tunic shirt.