Mark Calder
by Karen Alberg Grossman

“I believe in creating beautiful things,” designer Mark Calder told MR magazine during the recent New York market. “And I believe in specialty stores, in those great American merchants whose goal is to serve their communities. I don’t believe premium product can be sold online.”

Calder started his career in high school as a stockboy, moving up to buyer at At Ease in Newport Beach and then joining Robert Talbott in 1989; his mentor there was Bob Jensen who now has his own much-admired neckwear collection. “I’ve been fortunate to have had great teachers over the years: in addition to Bob, I’d cite Al Douglas, Gary Wasserman, and John Haller, all of whom have been very generous sharing their wisdom.”

Calder’s focus is woven sportshirts in beautiful soft shades and incredibly soft fabrics, 90 percent of which he designs directly with European mills so every shirt is a limited edition. These shirts feature mostly mélange yarns and luxury details like mother of pearl buttons; retails range from $198 to $268. Special knit pieces include an 18-gauge cashmere crew that feels like a second skin at a suggested retail of $595.

Sums up retailer Van Smith of Lionel Smith Ltd in Aiken, South Carolina, who just received his first shipment of the shirts, “It’s the hottest shirt brand going: Mark knows how to make a beautiful shirt that fits.”


  1. It is not just the quality of the fabric that makes ‘Calder Shirts’ so extraordinary, nor just the exquisite craftsmanship and impeccable design, but it oh so much the quality of the man behind the gorgeous creations.
    Mark Calder is a master craftsman and a master gentleman. The unquestionable integrity of the ownership drives the integrity of the company and the product.
    I will be proud to own art by Mark Calder!

  2. I met Mark last summer about two weeks prior to our show and although we didn’t have any space available in the Chicago Collective, we made room for Mark. His line is so beautiful and Mark is one fine gentleman. We are proud to have him in our show!

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