For Boggi Milano the shirt is an important part of our brand’s history, closely linked to its origins exactly 80 years ago. Our quest for incessant style innovation has led to the introduction of an interesting new garment, the long-sleeved polo shirt with Korean collar that makes its debut in the Fall/Winter 2019-20 collection. In cotton lisle, it offers all the benefits of this structured fabric, such as elasticity, good thermal regulation and all-day non-crease elegance. The garment is a good example of how the world of menswear is changing, an evolution in which Boggi Milano is playing an important part: we are witnessing a substantial fusion of two worlds, classical style and sports-oriented looks. This shirt is available in three colours, white (BO19A047402), navy (BO19A047401) and gray (BO19A047404).
Korean collar, smart, modern, casual
The Korean collar is the perfect expression of the smart casual approach, midway between formal and informal, smarter than a T-shirt, more relaxed than a shirt with a regular collar. So you can dress it up or down, paired with trousers, loafers and a blazer for a smart evening out, or with jeans and sneakers for a more relaxed occasion.
Korean collar history
The Korean collar is a feature with a lot of history. The Korean collar’s name – it is also known as the band collar – reflects its area of origin, the Far East, though in actual fact it first appeared in 17th century China, worn by Qing dynasty bureaucrats. But in the West this shirt style really began with the invention of detachable collars, from the early 1800s, an innovation that enabled a collar to be washed and starched separately. Gradually, men discovered that the basic shirt looked great without the collar, expressing a minimalist style totally different from the usual dress shirt that references the presence of a tie even when this accessory is not worn.
Korean collar – origins and variants
The Korean collar is also closely related to another collar style found on shirts and jackets, the Mao collar, or Mandarin collar. This type is slightly different in that it has a stand-up collar. It was adopted by Mao Tse Tung himself and then by Chinese officials. The Nehru jacket also has a distinctive stand-up collar, and it was named after Indian prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru who often wore this type of jacket. It was brought to fame by the Beatles, and it is also familiar in military uniforms, providing protection while also avoiding the chafing that could be caused by the usual turn-down collar.