Our most popular raw selvedge denim finally makes it to workshirt form. This is the Okayama Standard Workshirt. The pictures tell the story - this is a vision of pure, masterfully crafted, big character indigo selvedge paired with the ideal style to showcase the fabric. Start on yours now.
When we search for a perfect Japanese selvedge, we look for a few key things: solid weight, dark indigo start and the potential to wear to the perfect medium blue with great texture. We saw everything we like in the Okayama Standard and over the years, you demonstrated this selvedge denim's true potential. This style is a very solid 14.5oz, starts out raw in a deep blue indigo and wears to the mythical medium blue we all want. The fade shots tell we've gathered over the years tell that story. The color is stunning, the grain amazing. It even has a great vertical grain when worn in. Throw in a very cool double stitch orange selvedge ID and this is a perfect, traditional Japanese denim. Woven in the Okayama Prefecture and intricately crafted into a workshirt right in the USA. This is the one to own and wear hard for years.
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.