M.J. Bale Shirts Magnified

All the details behind our glory pieces.

The irony inherent in quality menswear craftsmanship is that the unseen details make a garment great. M.J. Bale founder Matt Jensen, who lived in London during the 90s, grew a healthy respect for classic English shirts and the traditional ways of making them. Launching M.J. Bale in 2009, he created an Australian equivalent: cotton business and casual shirts made from the world’s finest poplins, twills, Oxford and Dobby cloths, delivering unsurpassed fit, function and comfort. But rather than just tell you, we magnified some key details of our shirts to show you the unseen details.

Non-Fused Canvas Collar

M.J. Bale shirt collars feature canvas made from natural fibres interwoven between the cotton fabric. This helps the collar maintain its shape and integrity over time better than most other makers, who glue (‘fuse’) the fabric together.

Non-Fused Cuffs

M.J. Bale shirt cuffs are also non-fused for comfort, whether featuring a two-button barrel or French cuff.

Split Yoke

A split yoke (two pieces of fabric sewn together running elegantly across the shoulder) requires more fabric and time but delivers better stretch across your back.

Single-Needle Stitching

Compared to cheaper twin needle stitching, M.J. Bale makes shirts using single needle stitching, delivering 18 stitches an inch and a more robust wear. Cross-stitched buttons help with durability.

Side Gusset

Side gussets reinforce the shirt, provide longevity, a longer tail, an easier ‘shirt tuck’ and help the shirt transition from front to back.

Matching Stripes

All M.J. Bale shirts featuring stripes have matched stripes at the junction of the sleeve, shoulder and front/back. Time-consuming but a worthy detail.