It was the end of May when I was measured for an evening shirt with a separate wing collar (see A Formal Shirt Project), and everyone agreed that the project would take a couple of weeks. Well, those weeks stretched into two months, principally, I am told, because master shirtmaker Mr. Mel Gambert wanted to make the collar absolutely perfect and it went through a couple of iterations.
That wait, however, is over and the shirt is apparently winging its way to California even as I write.
A link cuff shirt with a separate wing collar like this one is meant for white tie, though when men had valets the shirt front would have been unbroken by buttonholes as it closed at the back. Still, it would have been worn in the early days of black tie, when the tailor delivered a new single breasted and peaked lapel "casual" dinner jacket but there were only white tie accessories to accompany it. And that is how I will wear mine. More accurately, it is how I will wear it once someone makes me a white pique waistcoat.
Thank you to Lorraine Gambert, who took these photos at Mel Gambert Custom Shirts.