Old Money Essential: Mercer and Sons Shirts

Mercer and Sons Shirt

As you know, I rarely recommend products of any kind on this blog because living an Old Money life is not about being a consumer. Quite the contrary.

However, there are a few products out there that warrant mentioning.  One of them is the shirts made and sold by Mercer & Sons, a company based in Maine, run by David Mercer and his wife Serena.

The company has been in business since 1982 and is famous for its traditional button-down collar dress and sports shirts. You can visit the website at www.mercerandsons.com.

David Mercer was educated in Boston. Like Old Money, he buys articles of clothing for himself that are going to last a lifetime and never go out of style. His blue blazer is 30 years old, and he has shoes that are even older than that. Nevertheless, he’s incredibly well-dressed.

Not surprisingly, the quality and value-oriented philosophy that informs his personal style carries over into his shirt making. Mercer shirts are incredible comfortable and durable, and seem to get only better with age.  The fabrics are among the best available, and the craftsmanship in the construction is world-class.

They are not inexpensive, but do the math: a Mercer shirt that sells for $135.00 (or less) and looks great for 10 years (or more) is a much better investment than a cheaper shirt that might last 2 years. What’s more, Mercer and Sons shirts are made by hand here in the USA, not in sweatshop conditions somewhere overseas.

The only potential downside to owning a Mercer and Sons shirt is the distinct possibility that it will be confiscated by your Significant Other frequently, and she will look better in it than you do. C’est la guerre.

So when you’re ready to invest in your next shirt, consider Mercer and Sons.


3 thoughts on “Old Money Essential: Mercer and Sons Shirts

  1. For years the only shirts my husband has worn to work have been Brooks Brothers. He has sort of a system: shirts in good condition he wears to the office, slightly frayed he wears to the club and for informal social occasions and tattered he wears around the house and for extremely informal get togethers. Recently he mentioned that he needs some new shirts for work. Because I had recently read this post (I know, I’m reading them out of order), I asked him if he was familiar with Mercer & Sons. He said he had heard of them but didn’t know much about them.

    The other day he told me that he had looked into them and was delighted to find that Mercer & Sons makes shirts with an unlined collar which Brooks Brothers used to do but no longer does. I wasn’t aware that this was something anybody cared about, but apparently some men do. He says it gives the button down collar a soft, bell shaped roll that he likes. Anyway, he says he’s going to order a couple (if I know him, one white and one blue) and we’ll see what he thinks. Thank you for the recommendation Byron, and if you’re interested, I’ll let you know how he likes them.


    1. Thank you, Amy. Yes, if your husband orders a couple, please let me know how he likes them. Two things to be aware of: when you buy Mercer shirts ‘off the rack’ (the white or blue oxford cloth button downs they have in stock for immediate shipment) you’ll get a shirt that has a very full cut in the body and sleeves. So know that. If your husband chooses to have some made to order, David Mercer will work with him to discuss fit options and custom details.

      Second, the fabric on the Mercer oxford cloth button downs is initially very stiff, almost canvas-like. Don’t be alarmed. Just wash and wear them a few times. They’ll soften and hold up forever.

      Finally, it is true that some Old Money Guys who seem incredibly nonchalant about their wardrobe in general are absolutely obsessive about details involving the collar and cuffs of their dress shirts. Your husband may be one of these men. I know that I am, but I have no idea why.

      Keep us posted! Thanks again… – BGT


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