January 06, 2016

Paper to Product: Edition 236

Now that you have all the leather money trays, pocket knives and artisan cheese boards you'll need, we're starting our year with a shirt built to put some serious miles in.

We've been making shirts for seven years. As you could imagine we've seen a few chambray shirts in our time. If we were going to add yet another chambray shirt into the world, it was going to be for a good reason. We thought it important to show you what chambray shirts used to be made like. We wanted to give you the opportunity to buy the type of shirt that will serve as your uniform for years, and then become sought after by the young vintage aficionados of the next generation.

When you pick up this shirt, the first thing you will notice is the texture and heft. Yes, it's substantial. Before every major fashion brand made a watered down chambray this what the fabric felt like. In order to get it, we worked with a Japanese mill that had the foresight to purchase all the vintage narrow looms that American fabric mills were selling off. This particular chambray is sill woven on old machines that are finely tuned to reproduce fabric exactly as it was made many decades ago.

In choosing the construction details, we focused on the little things that really make the shirt much more durable over time: bar tack re-enforced double needle pockets, clean finished double-needle chain stitch construction, and lock stitched button holes and tacks.

Every aspect of the shirt was designed to age marvelously over time. The custom powder coated metal buttons will chip and age, the fabric will soften and the irregularities in the chambray weave will become more pronounced, the double needle chain stitch will creating roping along the seams and give you nice highs and lows after years of wash and wear.

When constructed as it was intended to be, this shirt will become to you, as it once was to leagues of hardworking men, an everyday uniform. You will find that wearing a simple, sturdy well-made chambray shirt is a subtle inspiration to pursue lasting quality in your own work.