Deadstock alert - this already rare indigo selvedge herringbone will not be made again by our partner mill in Japan. We got the news and knew we had to sneak in one final run. This is the Japan Selvedge Herringbone Workshirt.
Herringbones have become some of our favorite styles. The pattern is truly historic, with use in fabric dating back to the Roman empire. The iconic zigzag pattern lends a completely different visual effect from your standard twill. We also love the subtle texture that this weave adds to the surface of a fabric. This herringbone example takes a style we love and adds in intricate and rugged details. This style is like herringbone done denim style. One color gets classic dark indigo dye, the other white, a nod to the classic denim color composition. Starchy and solid at 13 ounces, there is ruggedness to this fabric that nicely balances the more refined herringbone weave. The white weft helps bring the zigzag visual out as it helps brighten up the fabric surface. The selvedge finish makes it completely rare.
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.