A true vintage workwear style takes on new life with indigo dye, a selvedge composition and our vintage workshirt style. This is the Selvedge Wabash Workshirt.
Wabash fabric has a long workwear history that dates back to the 1800's. The hallmark is the printed dot pattern, usually in contrasting color to the base fabric. What was once designed as a purely rugged piece takes on a new level of beauty and joy in this masterful recreation from Japan. Each element is perfected. The base fabric is a tightly woven, selvedge canvas in a solid 10 ounce weight. It's dense and solid feeling in shirt form. Next comes the indigo dye. Both warp and weft are colored to a bright inky blue. It's a few shades lighter than a traditional dark indigo and much more vibrant. Finally the traditional dot pattern is printed on the surface. It brightly contrasts the deep blue base. From a far it looks like a pinstripe, but up close you see the individual dots. True old-world fabric sewn up in the perfect style to enhance it.
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.
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.