British Country Clothing Icons: The Tattersall Shirt

As one might expect, country clothing is intrinsically linked to the life and activities that come from the land. Farming, riding, shooting, hunting, stalking, or going for a walk or cycle ride have all brought about specific forms of clothing.

Much of the country clothing that we wear has interestingly practical beginnings. Tweed was developed as a form of camouflage and identifier of estates across the country. Wellington boots were developed as a smarter and harder-wearing riding boot.


"Tattersall remains a ubiquitous part the English gentleman’s wardrobe."


Tattersall, however, is a style of cloth rather than a specific item of clothing. It does not have any particular use, per se, but it is immediately recognisable and remains a ubiquitous part the English gentleman’s wardrobe.

The neatly spaced alternating colours of tattersall cloth takes is name from the horse market founded in 1766 by Richard Tattersall. Today, Tattersalls remains the preeminent bloodstock auctioneer in Europe, selling over 10,000 horses a year.

From its humble beginnings on the ‘outskirts’ of London in Hyde Park Corner, ‘Old Tatt’ (as Richard was known) developed a thriving business and a rendezvous for sporting and betting men with ‘Subscription Rooms’ reserved for members of the Jockey Club.

In addition to developing a lucrative lifestyle around the selling of horses, ‘Old Tatt’ also sold all of the relevant accoutrement to the trade: saddles, bands, reigns, and, most significantly, blankets. The unique checked pattern of the blankets took the name of the market itself, and ‘tattersall’ was born.

Items such as our tattersall shirts, although steeped in history, remain a firm favourite for their warmth, durability, and style.

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