Every shirt is an original
Astrid Pochendorfer-Valentin took over the business from her mother Gudrun in 2021. Gudrun Valentin founded the shirt maker company in 2002. In turn, it was her mother's custom-made salon that inspired her to take this step after working for many years in renowned textile companies. Eight tailors are now busy making the made-to-measure shirts.
Handicraft works made to measure, because only made-to-measure work can guarantee an optimal fit. Taking measurements presupposes the personal contact between the customer and the craftsman, in the course of which the choice of material takes place. The finest cotton and linen textiles made exclusively in Europe are the material from which Valentin shirts are tailor-made. The body-friendly quality of the textiles and the shapely cut that follows the individual body characteristics make Valentine shirts true favorites that will give you years of pleasure.
The shirt itself is one of the oldest items of clothing. Even pre-Christian high cultures wore simple shirt shapes or shirt-like dress shapes. There were unsewn, woven, slit, fastened with buttons, clasps, ribbons and belts, so very simple variations. It was not until the Middle Ages that more differentiated forms emerged that made cutting, cutting of the fabric and thus tailoring necessary.
The shirt later became a core product of the white sewing division, which exclusively produced body and household linen from mostly white laundry materials. JG Krüntiz reports: “One of the finest pieces in white sewing is putting a queder or collar on a shirt.” And anyone who wants to know how a “good buttonhole” is made can do that in his Oeconomic Encyclopedia (Berlin 1773-1858 ) can be looked up. Men have always liked beautiful shirts.
The term shirt is derived from the Germanic "hamd" for clothing. The colloquial “Hemad” derived from it has been in use for centuries. "Pfaid" (in dialect = Pfoad), for the traditional shirt variant (e.g. for lederhosen), today, interestingly, refers to the historical variant of costume history: a loose, straight cut, especially made of linen ("white canvas"), for the lower ones Layers also made of wool, from the Middle Ages to 1769 also made of Barchent, a cotton fabric with a roughened surface on one side.
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