A rare big weight selvedge chambray woven in Italy and treated to our vintage workshirt style makes for a rugged piece with timeless style. This is the Italy Monster Selvedge Chambray Workshirt.
Italy has a special touch with fabric, almost like a unique fingerprint. In our experience, it finds a way of carving out unique colors and textures that are just a bit different than other mills in Japan and the USA. This example starts with a rare composition - a big weight, 10oz selvedge chambray. You don't see many mills going this heavy in selvedge form and results in a wonderfully dense fabric. The classic color-on-white chambray composition highlights an intensely grainy surface that's totally different from a twill. Finally, the warp is dyed to a vivid, pure blue color. It holds up well to the crisp white weft and creates a an overall look that's both old-school and lively. A bold blue selvedge ID caps it off and perfectly complements the base color.
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.