There's no better way to compliment the vintage roots of our authentically crafted workshirt than with true old-world selvedge denim. Today we have a stunning new example from Japan - The Antique Indigo Selvedge Workshirt.
Our workshirts remain one of the truest vintage workwear garments we make, right up there with our selvedge denim. They are intricately constructed right in the USA by a factory that specializes in this style. From the triple need work to the gussets to the chain-stitch run-off these are painstakingly detailed garments. To us, honoring that effort with special fabric is a must and we searched deeply to find a selvedge denim that would instantly call-back to the old world spirit of this style.
The Antique Indigo Selvedge is a fabric that transports you back in time. The vintage union blue warp looks like the color off a union army wool garment. A subtle green cast adds a level of richness. The strongly tinted beige weft adds a subtle dusty undertone that layers in a sense of age and depth. Strong weft show-through allows that dusty character to shine through along with a nicely slubby grain. A starched finished will help you set in your unique pattern of wear as you develop beautiful fades. This is a real investment piece you can wear daily.
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 fit and Slim fit. The Classic and Slim fit is essentially our current button down fit. The main difference is in details around construction - no back box pleat, differently shaped side scoops - but the key dimensions in the shoulders, chest and waist are the same. 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.