It's fun to be first. When our friends at Cone Mills showed us their latest creation all we could do was smile. This rare, heavyweight selvedge canvas uses yarn from recycled food trays. We're happy to be the first company to make it available. This is a limited availability item.
Gustin workshirt made from sanforized raw selvedge canvas from Cone Mills in Greensboro, NC. There are so many elements that make this fabric one-of-a-kind it's hard to even know where to start. Cone Mills rarely makes canvas. Heavy, 10.25oz selvedge canvas like this style is almost unheard of. It's the perfect weight for a tough, rugged workshirt. Next comes the sheer beauty of the color. It's an incredibly deep indigo with subtle black tints that come from a black fill yarn. Nice contrasty wear-in comes your way as you make this shirt your own. The prominent white with red selvedge ID lets you know this is a rare canvas. The kicker is the material composition. Cone went experimental in a very very good way. The black fill yarn is spun from recycle food trays . . . think TV dinners. It's such a cool concept with the added benefit of being environmentally conscious. We're also sewing this shirt up with what's probably the most beautiful thread we've ever seen - a true, indigo dyed thread. The shade pairs perfectly with this dark blue fabric. We love when experimentation yields beauty in a fabric. We love when experimentation yields beauty in a fabric. The fact that it comes in All-American form and in such a rare form makes this a true collectors item.
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. They’re a deep navy shade with a slightly domed top and two holes for securing. Overall, this is one of our most intricately constructed garments and one of the most costly to produce.
For production on these, we're teaming up with a small shop that exclusively sews reproduction workwear for Japanese brands - always above $300 per shirt. Their work is immaculate, and we're excited to be partnering with them.
Our workshirts will be available in our Classic fit and new Slim fit. The Classic fit is essentially our current button down fit. The main difference is in details around construction - no back box pleat, differently shaped side scoops - but the key dimensions in the shoulders, chest and waist are the same. We’ve had a huge volume of requests for a slimmer fitting shirt so we’re please to launch it with the workshirt. We’ll be extending this fit to our standard button downs soon. 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.