John Simons

Fournier Button Through Short Sleeve Madras Shirt


Meet the new John Simons Indian Madras button down!

Utilising the very same hand-loomed, genuine Indian Madras cotton which we are renowned for, our new iteration of the classic summer shirt is now proudly made in London! This move has in turn allowed us to imbue the shirts with many of John’s favourite Ivy League details from the 1950’s/1960’s.

Of primary importance to many aficionados of the Ivy League look, is the generous collar roll. When fully fastened, the long collar points cascade beautifully, recalling what John describes as “The Ivy League Spearpoint collar”, a feature which would often be found on shirting from the “Jivy Ivy” period in the latter half of the 1960’s. When worn open the collar rolls beautifully, a feat which has been achieved by omitting any lining from the collar and placket.   

In addition to the elongated collar points, we have re-introduced the button through flap pocket. Whilst many key shirt makers of the period would utilise this style of pocket at times, such as J. Press and Gant, John recalls this feature as being a staple of Eagle Shirtmaker’s Trombley line. Similarly, the choice to utilise a seven button front, was inspired by the likes of Gant, Sero and Troy Guild shirt-makers, all of whom introduced 7-button plackets as part of their offerings in the 1960’s. Finally, the shirt’s gradually tapering tails were inspired by yet another, lesser-known shirtmaker of the period, namely, Truval, and their Career Club line.


  • 100% Cotton Indian Madras
  • 3.5” Collar points
  • 3 Button collar
  • Unlined collar, placket and cuffs
  • 7 button front
  • Box pleat
  • Locker loop
  • Flap pocket
  • Traditional 1960’s cut with tapered tails

The past year has been an extremely difficult time for all small businesses. We are fortunate to have such a loyal customer base whose support has allowed us to continue trading despite the circumstances. As a company we have been deeply touched by the issues affecting India in recent times. Previously, our madras fabric was not only sourced from India, but our madras shirting too was produced by local makers in India with whom we built a strong relationship. Sadly, this can no longer continue given the aforementioned crisis. Given madras fabric’s unique connection to India, we have decided that for each shirt sold, £10 will be paid to Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (charity number: 1026588) to help provide essential medical care in India.


Pit to pit: 22″

Length (back neck to hem):    31.5″


Pit to pit: 23″

Length (back neck to hem):    32″


Pit to pit: 24″

Length (back neck to hem):    32.5″

Pit to pit: 25″

Length (back neck to hem):    33″


Pit to pit: 26″

Length (back neck to hem):    33.5″


Pit to pit: 27″

Length (back neck to hem):    34″


Pit to pit: 28″

Length (back neck to hem):    34.5″