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Find out more about Robert Owen Undershirts

A New British Underwear Company

We are a new small company specialising in men's undershirts. When I say small, it's me, Robert Owen Kay, founder and designer plus my partner Yvonne Roach, co-founder and chief organiser.

We design the undershirts ourselves. We then have the shirts produced by our factory partner in Leicester using fabric from a English mill.

White crew neck undershirt under open short-sleeved shirt
Robert is the designer.

As described by Yvonne.

He researches materials (he has a passion for design and technology) and tirelessly adjusts designs to get things 'just right'. Robert also looks after the online shop where he agonises over every detail from colour schemes to page layouts.

Yvonne is chief organiser

As described by Robert.

She loves nothing more than organising (just ask her friends), so she takes care of the rest of the business, from dealing with the factory to the logistics of postage and shipping. Yvonne is the queen of lists.

 

Why did we start Robert Owen Undershirts?

I needed to solve my own problem; how to avoid sweat marks on your shirts?

During a sabbatical, I researched materials and also worked with a seamstress to make the first prototypes, and the first style (now called Oxford Sweat protect) was born.

The undershirt worked well so I decided to have a few manufactured. Yvonne joined in with some investment and we set up the online store, Robert Owen Undershirts.

Why do we do it?

We love our product. We think it's genuinely useful and, we can tell from the reviews, our customers agree. It's such a pleasure to provide really good customer service, just as one might hope to receive. That's the beauty of running a niche independent brand. You can do it your way.

What does the future hold?

The business is growing at a steady pace; we don't want to grow too fast. We are on the 3rd iteration of the Chester undershirt, with a brand new lightweight bamboo viscose. It's our best yet. In the background we are working on a new Oxford sweat proof undershirt. I tested the prototype this summer as best man at a wedding, and it proved to be better than expected. We hope this new Oxford will go into production later in 2020.

If you want to know more please get in touch

If you have a question about sizing, fabrics or anything about undershirts and base layers please do get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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