Downtown Nantucket is a hotbed of boutique shops; jewelers, home goods and men’s and women’s clothing. In recent years there has been a lot of turnover both in stores and stores locations; needless to say the marketplace is competitive. Some of the new shops to wash ashore should be thrown right back into the Atlantic, namely, Jack Wills (fear not, I will be explaining my dislike of this brand in an upcoming post). Others I hope will remain for years to come. Among this latter classification is Henley & Sloane.
Henley & Sloane specializes in fine men’s ready to wear shirting ($155-225). But it also offers made to measure shirts, velvet slippers ($295), ties, socks ($20), cufflinks ($50-150), underwear ($50), pocket squares ($55) and belts ($95). Additionally, the Nantucket store began stocking bathing suits by Franklin and Gower and a small assortment of polo shirts from Boast this season.
Henley & Sloane was founded by Terry Kerr in 2008 and was born out of his love for fine English shirting. The name is derived from two of Terry’s favorite English things, the Henley regatta and Sloane Square. Originally business was done via the internet and at trunk and trade shows. In 2010 Henley & Sloane branched into a brick and mortar store at 18 Federal St in downtown Nantucket and is looking into opening a second storefront in Southampton for the 2012 summer season. Aside from potentially opening a second storefront Henley & Sloane is looking to expand its product offerings into boat shoes and more aggressive shirt patterns.
Mr. Kerr boasts that his shirts are of Charvet or Turnbull & Asser quality at the price point of a Thomas Pink shirt. Unfortunately, I am not an expert on shirt quality, but I do know enough to tell the difference between shirts of poor, mediocre, fine and superb quality. Henley & Sloane’s are of superb quality. The fabric (which I believe is either Thomas Mason or Albini), in both appearance and feel is top shelf. The stitching along the seams is solid and the pattern matching from split yoke construction is well done. The buttons are mother of pearl, which is a must for any shirt that proclaims itself to be luxury or of the highest quality. The collars are of medium spread and proper proportions (not like the short tipped, low collared garbage peddled by many ‘trendy’ retailers) which serve to frame many men’s faces quite well. The easiest way to describe the fit of a Henley & Sloane shirt is that is it between a regular slim fitted Brooks Brothers shirt; but more towards the slim, which again fits most men well. Last summer I purchased a shirt from Henley & Sloane and have been very happy with it so far in terms of quality, durability, fit and style. I recommend taking a stop by the store for those of you lucky enough to take a stroll down Federal Street (or just check the website), especially if you are headed there for the upcoming holiday weekend.
I am interested in purchasing a pair of Nantucket cufflinks as a gift. I looked on line but could not find any. I thought you carried them. Any ideas? Thanks.
Henley & Sloane does stock a pair that look like the manhole covers from the island. Check out Murray’s Toggery, they have the best selection I have seen, at least in store. I’m sure if they don’t have them on their website you can order via phone.
I want to order socks from Henley & Sloane Nantucket store. No response to phone messages. Can somebody help?
I was in your store this summer and had spoken to you about South African coin cuff links. I wanted to see if you might still be able to get them – two pairs would be perfect! Please let me know!
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