Enter The Henley
The classic three-button Henley silhouette was favored by athletes in the 19th century for its versatility and warmth. As more technical fabrics were introduced, though, this elegant solution was phased out. Our VC Henley Long Sleeve brings together old and new in a technical mesh with classic details.
Signature lightweight 2:09 Mesh
Contrast trim on collar and sleeves
Tumble Dry Low
Classic For A Reason
Our goal was to create a performance top that retained the classic aesthetics of the Henley. We started with our lightweight and antimicrobial 2:09 Mesh, then added versatile features like a three-button placket that lets you open or close the neckline as the temperature changes, and a ribbed cuff to hold the sleeves in place. The result is a technical long sleeve that combines form and function in a timeless silhouette.
When “Boston Billy” Rodgers won the Boston Marathon in 1975, setting his first American Record at 2:09:55, he famously did so in a mesh tee he found in the trash. Inspired by his legendary performance, we scoured the earth for the very finest performance mesh used across our Van Cortlandt collection products. Astonishingly lightweight and antimicrobial with a luxurious feel you won’t find anything like our 2:09 Mesh in a dumpster.
Easy As 1-2-3
The Henley’s iconic three-button placket has its roots in decidedly unathletic style: a cotton collarless “undervest” worn as underwear, which was coopted by 19th century British rowers who liked the ventilation provided by the buttons and the warmth of a long sleeve on the river. It’s a simple system, but one that works: start a cold morning run buttoned up and open as the temperature and tempo heats up.
Made For Work
The Henley’s utilitarian history goes back to 19th century England, where cotton undervests were popular sleepwear. Rowers in Henley-On-Thames adopted the garment for their sport, relishing the comfort and warmth of these wool or cotton shirts and the versatility and ventilation of the buttons. The lack of a collar was a bonus: it didn’t flap in windy conditions. The style was popularized thanks to the tradition of trading shirts after races and the 19th century cotton boom made it a common style for laborers. The style remained a sportswear and workwear staple until the 1970s when it was adapted for fashion. We thought it was high time to return the style to its athletic roots.