In 1963, Ben Sherman came back from America with the idea of making a button-down shirt. Having noticed the style adopted by polo players of the time who used the button-downs to keep their shirt collars where they should be whilst riding, he set about creating his own. Taking inspiration from his Fathers work as a tailor, he created an icon and this practical, yet stylish garment was soon adopted by a set of style leaders back in England.
Having been adopted by many of the significant cultural movement over the past five decades, Ben Sherman now presents a full lifestyle offering, available in over 40 countries worldwide and continues to embrace a heritage of modernism.
Now having existed for 5 decades the Ben Sherman shirt and brand have been adopted by almost every youth culture or style movement of the last 5 decades, from the mods , to 2 tone and ska, to brit pop and is today still worn by the current bands and style leaders of the current decade.
Ben Sherman remained at the helm of the Ben Sherman shirt brand until the mid 70’s when bad health meant he sold the company and retired to Australia when in 1987 and at the age of 62 Ben Sherman died.
Ben Sherman not only created clothing history with his Ben Sherman shirt, but he created a way of thinking that has helped create a global brand today. His passion for original thinking and rejecting the normal and mundane has left a legacy that can still be witnessed today. The Ben Sherman shirt is an icon and there is simply nothing quite like an original Ben Sherman shirt.