Pure, dead-stock American selvedge denim from the last great American selvedge mill, transformed into our vintage inspired workshirt. This one stopped us in our tracks with its light indigo shade, slubby yarns and old-world unsinged surface. This is the Cone Classic Workshirt.
This denim has true character and it shows on almost every level. The color is the first thing that hits you and it's beautiful. It's a light indigo cobalt color, many shades lighter than your standard dark indigo we often see from Cone. It has a vibrancy and life to it that we love in the warmer months. Slubby yarns and a crisp white weft make themselves know throughout the surface, creating a beautiful sense of irregularity throughout the fabric. The unsinged surface lends a fuzzy, vintage character to the package that really sets it apart form most denim. The 10 ounce weight is very wearable, while some starch will help you put some great creases in this workshirt as you wear it in. A thick white selvedge ID finishes it off.
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 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.
Available in our classic and slim fits
Cone Mills USA Selvedge, 10oz, White ID
Raw, Tonal Stitching
Custom Corozo buttons, Gustin logo label