Tender has its roots in antique workwear and machinery, especially from the Great British Steam Age. An important face of Tender’s English–made clothing is the nurture which is put into the clothes: in their research, design, manufacture and wear. Tender’s goal is for the owner to live with their clothes, wearing them hard, but respecting their provenance and the stories they have to tell.
Achilles’ Heel Indigo Wool Serge Type 477 Didcot Shirt
The Didcot Shirt is a descendant of the Railway Collar Jacket, produced in very small numbers in 2012. Both garments take their collar design from a British Rail uniform overshirt discovered in the archive of the Great Western Society at Didcot.
The shirt is technically collarless, but a wide shaped facing is sewn onto the outside of the neck, pointed up at the placket, making the shape of a standard shirt collar. Hand pockets are sewn into the side seams. The sleeves are pleated into false cuffs, and the hem is finished in a gentle curve.
Wool Serge is woven in England in a simple left hand twill, from soft woollen yarn. Once a French term for twilled fabric woven in English–controlled Calais using British wool, it was similar to the 15th Century British Saye fabric, a lighter weight twilled cloth woven in the South West of England. Serge de Nimes is the much–storied twilled cloth from Ni?mes said to be the etymological origin of denim.
Custom pewter buttons hand–cast in England
100% cotton thread
Made in England