About Us

The Varsity Shop (originally Castell & Son (Oxford) Limited) was founded in 1846 in St Giles, Oxford.

Castells originated the Oxford College Colours in the 1850’s and introduced the first modern style necktie in 1870 as well as creating the famous Oxford University crested tie.

Now situated in Oxford’s famous High St, The Varsity Shop provides a wide range of Oxford and College clothing and accessories for students, graduates and visitors to this picturesque city. As a family owned business we thrive to provide the best customer service and feel we offer the very best knowledge and experience to our valued customers.

Opening hours:

Monday – Saturday – 10am – 6pm (113 High Street, Oxford)

If you have any suggestions, comments or feedback please email us at shop@varsityshop.co.uk 

Our Registered Company details are:

Shepherd & Woodward Ltd

Trading as: The Varsity Shop

Registered in England, Company no: 00610771

Registered Office: 113 High Street, Oxford, OX1 4AB

VAT Registration no: 750 0941 53

Our Ethical Trading Policy

We have 2 over riding priorities on ethical trade – the welfare of workers in our supply chain and ensuring a sustainable environment impact.  The Shepherd & Woodward Group use the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) base code as its standard for all primary suppliers across all its business.

The code states:

1. Employment is freely chosen
2. Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected
3. Working conditions are safe and hygienic
4. Child labour shall not be used
5. Living wages are paid
6. Working hours are not excessive
7. No discrimination is practised
8. Regular employment is provided
9. No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed

Fur Policy

At The Varsity Shop (Part of the Shepherd & Woodward Group) we only use artificial fur.

Many of the hoods that we keep in stock include a white fur trim which traditionally was made using the skins of rabbits.

We strongly believe that the breeding of animals for their skins is not justified so we use high quality alternatives instead.