Babar Sportscar Oxford Cloth Button-Down Shirt
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Oxford cloth shirt featuring a soft S-roll button-down collar and an embroidered Babar icon on the left chest.
Soft S-roll button-down collar. Pure cotton buttons. 100% cotton. Made in Portugal.
Care instructions: Dry clean only.
Unisex. This Oxford shirt fits true-to-size (men's sizing).
Like blazers, Oxford shirts are some of the world’s original sportswear, representing the evolution of collared tops from the football pitch to the rugby pitch to the polo field: because their collars would flap while riding, polo players needed to button them down. Contrary to popular belief, Oxford shirts aren’t named for the English city, but for the unique, thick woven fabric from which they’re made — which originated in Scottish fabric mills. Ours are the most perfect Oxford shirts you’ll ever find: handmade in Europe from the finest materials.
“Babar has always been one of my favorite characters in all of literature,” explains creative director and founder Jack Carlson. “He’s stylish, kind, worldly — all the things I aspired to be when I was growing up.”
Babar the Elephant first appeared in the 1931 French children’s book Histoire de Babar by Jean de Brunhoff, inspired by a story his wife Cecile invented for their children. Brunhoff and his son Laurent developed Babar’s rich world in a series of subsequent books, which came to encompass glamorous, mid-century jet-set travel; family dramas and diversions; feasts and parties; and, occasionally, even matters of state.
“Babar, for me, is like a French, pachyderm James Bond — with a family and a crown,” says Jack. “He has a perfect wardrobe; great adventures; and he always travels in style: whether he’s skiing in Switzerland, picking up an honorary degree at Harvard, or surveying Egyptian ruins.”