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THE BUTTON-DOWN SHIRT

Knowledge Button-down collars became a design feature on men’s shirts at the turn of the last century, inspired by the outfits of polo players.

When they were introduced in the early 1900s, button-down shirts were marketed on the American East Coast as ‘polo shirts’. The style was inspired by shirts worn by British polo players, that had extra buttons sewn onto the collar tips to prevent them from flapping in the rider’s face during the game. At the time, shirts were generally collarless so that a separate starched collar could be washed or replaced without unnecessary tear on the rest of the garment, but the new ‘polo shirts’ were ready-made from soft Oxford cloth, featuring an un-detachable and unlined collar that fastened with buttons at each tip. These more casual shirts quickly became popular with students and for use in casual college sports.

 

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The grid is an essential element of our visual identity. It represents the notion of the archive and is used to organise and display information ranging from the names of plants to fabric weights and different types of materials used in our collections. These nine squares symbolise the separate parts that together form our world, and they are also the areas where we strive to make a difference.

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Skedblad chair

Designed in 1933 by Swedish architect and furniture designer Carl Malmsten, and named after the bowl of a spoon, the Skedblad chair is used to furnish all ARKET cafés.

Take care of your products

Longevity is at the core of our brand. If our clothes are used beyond their first wearer, we have done something right. Designing for circularity starts at the drawing table – and extends to guiding customers on how to take care of our products.

Roasted aubergines and heritage tomatoes

This vegan dish is easy to prepare and delicious on its own as well as served as a side with other summery flavours.

Scent families

The International Perfume Museum outside Grasse is an open-air conservatory for fragrant plants and flowers connected to the area’s century-long history of perfumery. Its gardens are planted according to traditional scent families, with florals, herbs, woods and others grouped together.