Originating as a uniform top for the rowing crews in the famed Henley Regatta in England, the henley shirt achieved notoriety in the early ’90s and has since clinched a spot in the closet space of men everywhere. The biggest feature of the henley is the button placket with no collar, which makes the garment appear more casual than its cousin, the classic polo, and more put-together than the T-shirt.
The henley is created for comfort and manufactured from cotton, polyester and other basic fabrics to be worn as an undershirt or an exterior fashion garment. Wholesale suppliers and retail shops offer it in short-sleeve, long-sleeve and three-quarter sleeve styles, with the long-sleeve being the most popular.
Jeff Scult, partner at Golden Goods USA says the style allows for all kinds of decoration, which makes it a hit in the promotional world. "It can be decorated all over the board, although the back surface area of the fabric drapes lends itself well to an oversized print," Scult says. "Clients lean toward our vintage black fabric color because all logo art just looks tremendous against that backdrop".
Scult advises that like any high-fashion piece, the henley is not for everyone. So far, he sees the entertainment and spirits industries showing the most interest. "It’s for those looking to make a statement with something totally different," he says.