A cool selvedge ID is nice, but it's only worthwhile if its the finishing touch on a truly authentic, vintage inspired raw denim like we have for you today. Turns out it works just as well in workshirt form as it does as denim. This is the Crosshatch Rainbow ID Workshirt in Natural.
Our partner mill in Japan had a key goal with these raw denim styles - to focus on the vintage crosshatch grain that's one of the hallmarks of old-world selvedge denim. We think they nailed it and this is a stellar raw denim example even without the special ID. It's all about the grain. Intensely slubby, the grain is on full display in both warp and weft. This gets you the classic crosshatch effect that old-school raw denim often had. In this natural version the crosshatch is about adding real depth of texture. 16 ounces and starchy, this is what you think of when you picture raw denim. You have to earn it and it makes for a downright burly workshirt. And yes, the finishing selvedge ID is icing on the cake - bold and full of color - green-thin yellow-red.
There are a number of construction details that define our workshirt. The first is ample triple needle work with a classic chain stitch runoff. Triple needle is a specialized stitch not found on a standard button downs and that serves as the heart of any good work shirt. Ours gets triple need flat felled yoke and side seams with chain stitched bottoms. We also allow the side seam chain stitch to “runoff” the end giving you three chain stitch ends on each side. We bar tack to ensure the runoff can’t compromise the security of the side seam. The second detail is double chest pockets. We keep ours a bit cleaner, without flaps, but use button closures and double bar tacks in each corner for added strength. The left chest pocket gets the addition of a small pen slot. The third detail is side hem gussets. It’s a small functional element and looks absolutely great. On our selvedge styles we incorporate the selvedge on the bottom. Finally, we love the chin strap. Ours is small enough to be tasteful while still reminding you of the work wear roots of the garment. We created new custom Corozo buttons specifically for our work shirts. Overall, this is one of our most intricately constructed garments and one of the most costly to produce.
Our workshirts will be available in our Classic and Slim fits. The main differences in details between our workshirts and our other shirting come down to construction - no back box pleat, and differently shaped side scoops. The Slim fit has a more tailored body as compared to our Classic fit. Chest and waist come in to provide a more fitted option. Details are in our fit guide now.