Zachary Prell with the Ideal Modern Man’s Sport Shirt

My dear friend from college, Zachary Prell, has a line of beautiful men’s sport shirts that he designed and perfected having worn ill-fitting shirts for almost a decade in his previous careers as an investment banker and private equity professional.  

Debuting in 2006, the sport shirts address a few, important details that Zachary saw were missing from existing shirts in the men’s category, including:

1) Perfect fit for athletic, slim build

2) Perfect top button spacing (not too conservative or revealing)

3) 3" barrel notch cuffs – wide enough for an oversized watch

4) Modern collars designed to be worn with or without a tie

5) Shirt tail the right length whether tucked in or out

Of course, I am a huge fan as not only is Zachary such a good friend, but friendship aside, his line of dress shirts are beautiful and look amazing on a thin, fit guy.  Moreover, the quality is exquisite, designed with top fabrics and beautiful mother of pearl buttons.  In fact, I’m not in the minority with this assessment as over 200 doors now carry Zachary Prell (, most notably retailers such as Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom’s.

It’s been amazing for me to watch Zachary build this line, ever since the concept began merely as fabric swatches in his New York apartment in 2004.  I remember helping him pick patterns and choosing his tag and logo design, and now it is a full-fledged men’s designer line that has been corporately profiled multiple times by WWD and Fast Company, and featured in Maxim, Esquire, Men’s Health, Ebony, and Town & Country, just to name a few of the top tastemaker publications.

Zachary’s been ridiculously busy trotting about the country making guest appearances at trunk shows, most recently Lisa Kline Men in Los Angeles and Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills.  But lucky for me, one of his West Coast stops included Garys, the exclusive men’s upscale retailer in Fashion Island in Newport Beach, CA.  If you’ve never heard of the store, Garys also carries Ermenegildo Zegna, Hugo Boss, John Varvatos, and Paul Smith.  Well, add to that list Zachary Prell!   Well done, dear friend.

A table at Garys, featuring shirts from the Spring collection as well as the new Rivington coat from the line.

Two styles from the latest Spring collection.

A rack of Zachary Prell shirts at Garys.

A screenshot of the website,

My friend, the designer Zachary Prell, in front of Garys, Newport Beach, CA.

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