Charvet, the venerable Parisian style institution, was founded by Monsieur Joseph-Christophe Charvet in 1838. Monsieur Charvet, whose father oversaw Mr Napoléon Bonaparte's wardrobe, introduced a new idea when he set up shop in Paris: customers were measured, and selected a fabric, in the shop where their shirts were duly made. Previously, customers had to supply their own cloth to their tailors. Monsieur Charvet's following quickly grew as he pioneered closer fits with curved armholes and collars as well as shoulder yokes - all hallmarks of dress shirts today. By the turn of the century, Charvet's reputation as the best shirtmaker in Paris (and, according to many, the world) was firmly established.
Since 1965 Charvet has been owned by the Colban family, who introduced the ready-to-wear line and increased the range of fabric and colour options for which Charvet is renowned today. Charvet's core values of quality and service have been preserved, with all items carefully made in France. Illustrious customers over the years are numerous: Mr Marcel Proust wore Charvet shirts and ties, and mentioned the label in his Remembrance of Things Past; King Edward VII, Mr Robert de Montesquiou, Mr Édouard Manet, Mr Nelson Rockefeller, President John F Kennedy and Mr Yves Saint Laurent have also been patrons. Read more about Charvet
Charvet's director, Mr Jean-Claude Colban, talks about the pocket square