Thomas Mason is one of Italy’s leading shirt mills. Over 200 years ago, the enterprising industrialist Thomas Mason established the mill. The Albini group acquired the historic mill in 1992. With production now based in Italy, Thomas Mason retains its English heritage while remaining true to the historical and aesthetic qualities present in the brand’s extensive fabric archive. To this day, Thomas Mason fabrics are among the finest in the world, and we are proud to showcase their collections in our showrooms.
History of Thomas Mason Fabric Mill
The Thomas Mason textile mill was founded in 1796 in Leeds, England. The early fabrics were considered to be of the highest quality. They were widely used by tailors in West London to dress the British aristocracy.
During the 1800s, Britain’s empire and wealth grew, leading to Thomas Mason’s expansion around the world. By the Victorian era, Jermyn Street and Savile Row had become the center of fine clothing for gentlemen. Manufacturers of tailored suits and shirts such as Turnbull & Asser, Norton & Sons, and Emmett London flourished.
During World War I, Thomas Mason Mill developed new fabrics and treatments. One of which was waterproof cotton, that proved useful to the British cause. During the few decades following the war, Thomas Mason resumed production of the finest shirt fabrics in the British Empire. In 1936, at the height of the Duke of Windsor’s elegance as a symbol of English style, Thomas Mason became the exclusive fabric supplier. Turnbull & Asser used the high-end fabric mill for the manufacture of shirts for English royalty.
It was in 1992, that the Italian Albini Group took over Thomas Mason and moved production to Bergamo, Italy, where it has remained to this day. The fabrics still draw on the brand’s long history while benefiting from the Italians’ equally long and proud heritage of making the highest quality textiles in the world.
Perfect Dress Shirt: Why Thomas Mason is The Way to Go
Long-lasting Dress Shirt
Thomas Mason offers fabric that goes above and beyond when it comes to quality. Purchasing a shirt from one of their fabric collections may seem like a big expense. However, it’s important to keep in mind that a Tomas Mason fabric is most likely to last three to four times longer than a regular cotton shirt. If you’re looking for an intelligent purchase that will last you a lifetime, Thomas Mason has got you covered.
High thread Count & Twist Rate
Thomas Mason shirting fabrics offer some of the highest thread counts in the world. A high thread count creates incredibly soft and comfortable fabric. It also adds breathability to a shirt that makes you stay cool and fresh at any given moment of the day.
Exclusivity of pattern & design
Whether you’re looking for a classic blue shirt or a standoffish pattern, Thomas Mason has it all! Known for its classic English-style shirts, the textile mill has also built a reputation for original fabric patterns. By picking one of Thomas Mason’s authentic and vibrant fabric prints, you’ll be sure to stand out from any crowd! Thomas Mason has got you covered, from anything to a classic blue shirt, to an orange Bengal stripe to a funky “out there” design.
Stylist tip: Bengal striped shirt
Bengal stripes, especially in bright colours, are one of the year’s leading trends — to the delight of fans of this elegant classic. A fine Italian cotton shirt from Thomas Mason allows for versatility. It is also the perfect way to straddle both casual and formal attire with flair. The Bengal stripe shirt looks great worn without a tie, making it a smart option for a more relaxed work setting.
Pair a classic Bengal strip Thomas Mason dress shirt with a Dormeuil suit for the ultimate business professional attire.