About us

“Looking good and dressing well is a necessity. Having a purpose in life is not.” – Oscar Wilde

The “us” is Louis Gwatkin, a Savile Row trained tailor who had a large customer base in Johannesburg before his retirement to Cape Town;  and David Elton, a shirt customer of Louis, who wanted to buy Jermyn Street style and quality  of shirts in South Africa.

So they formed Louis ii Shirts to make them. The ii because its the return of Louis.

Our shirts are made to the same standard as the top end shirts from Jermyn Street in London.

They’re single needle stitched at 18 to 20 stitches per inch (9-10 per cm); split yokes cut on the bias; patterned fabrics are pattern matched across the front, shoulder to sleeve, on gauntlet and on the pocket if applied.   Single cuff with pocket, double cuff without.

Our ready to wear poplin shirts are in Egyptian cotton grown in Egypt (“Egyptian” cotton is grown in many countries) in a 2 x 2 construction: two fold in the warp (the north south threads) and in the weft (the east west threads.)

No shortcuts of 2 fold in one direction only, as many 2 fold shirts might describe on their labels.

Our lawn print casual shirts are also in Egyptian cotton in a 70’s x 70’s construction: silky soft and light. Perfect for warm weather.