Short-sleeved ‘Bullfrog’ shirt from Art Gallery Clothing.
Happy New Year to everyone who’s dropped by to take a look at this blog. As it’s a New Year, let’s optimistically look ahead a little bit, with this review, to the warmer weather that should be arriving in a few months…
For a little while, Good Clobber has been interested in the quality Mod clothing produced by UK (London) based label Art Gallery Clothing. Check out this post if you’d like to know a little bit about Art Gallery Clothing and check out their Autumn / Winter collection here.
Art Gallery asked us if we’d review one of their shirts and we picked the blue Bullfrog short-sleeved shirt.
This is a classic Mod design; plaid, short sleeved, with a button-down collar. The wide box plaid is very bold and bright. The pocket and placket plaid is on the diagonal, which is a nice touch. Also, there are some small buttons on the hem of each sleeve.
Now, to give this shirt a totally honest review, I’d like to wear this shirt in the context for which it was designed - and that would be warm weather. If you’re in the UK at the moment, you’ll know that this isn’t possible; it’s cold here in London and the rest of the country is feeling the chill just as much. If I get a chance, I’ll revisit this review in warmer weather and let you know how it fares.
There are some really nice details to this shirt. Unfortunately you can’t really see in these photos, but the buttons are semi-transparent and branded with the initials ‘AGC’. My neck’s about a 15½ inches and this collar is comfortable done up or undone.
Here’s some detail on the label inside the yoke.
Another lovely little bit of detail here on the breast pocket - embroidered A.G.C. initials. You can also see here that the pockets have been reinforced.
And here it is on. It’s got a good, slim fit and the sleeves are a nice length. I’m about a 38 inch chest and this shirt is a medium.
Here you can just about see the hanging loop at the base of the yoke. There is a gathered section that runs down the back of this shirt and looks a bit like a back placket. This refinement is here to keep the shirt looking nice and sharp around the flanks.
In terms of price - it’s not the most affordable short-sleeved shirt on the market, coming in at £50. However, I can’t really fault the quality of this garment - it’s made of a lovely fresh, light cotton that’s very comfortable and breathable. I’ve not yet washed and ironed this shirt, but I think it’ll be durable. Also, the stitching is pretty flawless and there’s lots of nice touches that make up a carefully designed garment.
Finally, the people at Art Gallery sent me this little goodie bag that includes a couple of really nice enamel badges, some stickers, postcards and pin badges. I think if you sign up for the mailing list - they send you this for free!
If you’re keen to grab yourself a Bullfrog shirt from AGC, you can find them in three colourways right here.
Thanks to Art Gallery Clothing.