Updated September 25th, 2021 – It’s a “two for the price of one” post! You don’t need to decide which James Bond No Time To Die henley is your favorite. Because we’re going to be looking at both them here. The well-known Rag & Bone long-sleeve one he wears with his Massimo Alba duster and the N.Peal commando sweater (options for that in this post). And the short sleeve version he wears on vacation in Matera with Madeleine. Let’s get to it!
The Long Sleeve No Time To Die Henley
This shirt was identified pretty early on during the initial publicity for film. I first heard it was from Rag & Bone from AJB007 forum member cederic0011 back in October, 2019. And the great news is it’s still available. In fact, it’s currently on sale on the Rag & Bone website for $112.50 (down from the regular $150) with sizes XS to XXL in stock. So if you want the original, now is the perfect chance to grab one! You’ll also find plenty of sizes available on at Nordstrom ($150.00). And Mr. Porter regularly stocks it for the same price.
Features Wanted for the Long Sleeve No Time To Die Henley
- Slightly Off-white color
- Slub Cotton
- Longer 3 button woven placket with distressed metal buttons
- Rib Knit Cuffs (a little longer than what you’d typically find)
- Straight hem
Let’s start by stating that those distressed metal buttons are very much a Rag & Bone thing. So unless you want to go with the repro (more on that below), the exact buttons are a style detail that needs to be sacrificed. But other than that, there are some very solid alternatives out there.
Best Option for the Long Sleeve No Time To Die Henley
J.Crew Garment Dyed Slub Cotton Henley in White: on sale for $31.50
The shoulder yoke design is a little different. But all the other key features are there. And that’s a pretty good sale price. One of the things I like about J.Crew is that they offer their t-shirts in “Classic” and “Tall” fits so you can really dial in the sizing to work for your body. Plus I’ve generally found their products to be pretty good value for the money (especially when you can catch them on sale).
Apt 9 Henley in White: on sale for $18.69
There’s definitely worse ways to spend twenty bucks. I think it’s pretty obvious from the product photo that we’re not getting the heaviest material here. But other details are actually a pretty darn good match. The fabric has that slub texture. The collar shape and placket come close to what we want. It even has the rib knit cuffs and straight hem. If you’re in the market for a lighter weight Henley, this should get the job done until you’re ready to invest a little more. And if you check out the comments below, you’ll that Justin seems to be pretty happy wiht his. Sizes small to XXL are available on the Kohl’s website.
Vince Long Sleeve Henley T-Shirt in Optic White: on sale for $59.97
It’s very, very white! But we get the ribbed cuffs, the straight hem and a solid match for the placket and collar design. And the 100% cotton fabric has that nice slub texture. Nordstrom Rack has sizes small to XL in stock.
HNLY Venice Henley in White: $90.00
When you name your company after a specific style of shirt, I’ll assume you produce a decent alternative. And hnly actually has two. I’m featuring their “Venice” model here. The slub cotton fabric, the rib knit cuffs, straight hem, and metal buttons are just what we want. As for the color: I’m pretty sure that their “white” is actually white and not eggshell, ivory or creme. So that’s a strike against it. On the other hand, hnly makes their shirts in Los Angeles from 100% cotton organic. And I’m happy to give them points for that. The other model you may want to check out is the Bourdain. It’s a slightly heavier jersey cotton and it has a curved hem. But the collar and cuffs on that one are closer to the Rag & Bone.
Oh, that’s pretty! A quick rundown of the specs: it’s made in the U.S. using 100% Supima cotton that was grown in the U.S. It has the straight hem and rib knit cuffs we want. And that Ash color is a really nice match for Bond’s henley. Still not convinced? Check out the closeup pic of the awesome flatlock stitching on the SKU website. It’s a geeky detail, but I love stuff like that. They have sizes XS to XXL in stock.
A solid match if ever I saw one. The fabric, the texture, the straight hem and ribbed cuffs, even the distressed metal buttons are pretty much exactly what we want. If the Rag & Bone wasn’t currently on sale, this would easily be the Best Option. But because the prices are so close right now, I have to recommend spending the extra fourteen bucks and getting the original. Sizes small to XXL are available at Bloomingdale’s or you can order it directly from Faherty.
Magnoli Clothiers Slub Henley: $75.00/£47.43
I’m a little reluctant to share repros for products when the original is still out there and easily available. But Indy has done a lot for the Bond-fan community. And (distressed metal buttons aside) an off-white henley isn’t exactly a rarity. So here it is. Magnoli has gone with a cotton/poly blend slub fabric. The other style details are, as you’d expect, very close to the Rag & Bone henley. I would just recommend that you check out the sizing chart if you order one. Apparently they run a little large? I’ve linked to Amazon above for the U.S. price (where there’s also a $12 shipping fee). However the price drops to $65 if you order directly from their website.
The Short Sleeve No Time To Die Henley
As far as I know, we still don’t have confirmation on who made Bond’s Matera Henley. But I have a theory. Now that we have a much higher resolution photo of the shirt, we can see the details much more clearly. And I think it was made by Anderson & Sheppard. They currently have a Short Sleeve Knitted Linen Henley Shirt (£215.00) in their collection and the details seem to match almost perfectly.
The design of the two button placket and the texture of the knit are especially important.
Now here’s the problem: Anderson & Sheppard doesn’t make the Short Sleeve Henley in white, only shades of blue (which are very nice, by the way). But maybe Bond’s white Henley was a custom order for the film based on this design? Another possibility: they do make a Long Sleeve Knit Linen Henley in off-white (£235.00) with the same placket design (that’s the shirt in the closeup image above). You can still get this version directly from Anderson & Sheppard or at Mr. Porter ($350.00).
Is it possible No Time To Die costume designer Suttirat Anne Larlarb and her team used the the long-sleeve shirt but modified the sleeves? Maybe. But, to my eyes, the color is just a shade too dark to match perfectly. So I’m thinking there’s a better chance it was a custom order.
Keep in mind that this is all just speculation on my part. I have absolutely no official confirmation that the shirt comes from Anderson & Sheppard. But, as we can see, the design of their short sleeve Henley comes really close to what Bond’s wearing. And, personally, I would love to see another heritage British company being used in the film!
Features Wanted for the Short Sleeve No Time To Die Henley
- White linen or linen blend knit fabric
- Slightly more relaxed fit with fuller sleeves
- Shorter, two button placket with top button closing on the collar
- Tonal buttons
Now that we have a much better idea of the design of Bond’s Henley, we can hunt around for better alternatives. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find anything that comes close to the design of that placket. And this isn’t exactly the season for short sleeve Henley’s in general. Needless to say, I’ll keep hunting. But for now I’ll focus on some inexpensive options that capture the look (from a distance) until something better turns up.
Affordable Options for the Short Sleeve No Time To Die Henley
Abercrombie & Fitch Pima Cotton Knit Henley Tee in Light Grey: on sale for $24.99
Clearly there are a lot of differences between this one and Bond’s shirt. The color is light grey instead of white and it has three buttons rather than two. But it is a knit fabric so the texture is coming very close. And the placket and collar design look to be a good match. Plus it’s only twenty-five bucks and they have sizes XS to XXL in stock. At least it gives us an idea of what’s out there right now in terms of alternatives.
Alfani Soft Touch Stretch Henley in Bright White: on sale for $17.99
An alternative suggested by AJB007 forum member Paperbill, this is the shirt David Zaritsky wore in his Mango jacket review vlog. The fabric is actually a polyester/rayon/spandex blend, which had me worrying it would have a bit of a sheen to it. But honestly, I think it looks pretty good after seeing it in the video. And the placket certainly looks short enough. Sizes small to large are available at Macy’s. And remember: Alfani is a Bond approved brand!
J.Crew Short Sleeve Pique Henley Shirt in White: $19.39 to $21.33
An interesting option from the well-known retailer. Because the fabric is a pique knit, it looks more like a polo shirt without the collar than a slub knit henley. But that, imho, gives it a bit of character some of us may appreciate. The price also certainly helps. Since J.Crew no longer carries this model, you have to hunt around a little for deadstock. Amazon has the best selection of sizes that I could I find.
Have a suggestion for an alternative for a No Time To Die henley? Or maybe you have some insight into whatever brand that short sleeve one is? Share away in the comments below! And if you’re looking for more style inspiration, check out Iconic Alternatives on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest!