Our workshirt is back and it's only fitting that it be a first. In this case, an extremely rare, brilliant organic cotton and hemp blend in a selvedge chambray woven right in Japan.
Gustin workshirt made from sanforized selvedge chambray from one of the finest mills in Japan. We've said this before, but Japan is the master of chambrays and aren't afraid to experiment with composition. This beautiful style is a perfect example. The color is really what strikes you first. It's a visually textural combination of a variety of browns. The fabric has subtle taupe hints and is quite muted, but you still see a hint of the white weft yarns which brings out subtle cross hatching. This is the first organic cotton, hemp blend we've used in our workshirts and it hopefully won't be our last. At 5 ounces you still have a garment with a solid feel but with a lighter hand, making this a nice warmer weather option and you'll enjoy how the fabric becomes more supple with each wear and wash. The classic chambray roots pair well with our workshirts rugged details. A white and red selvedge ID caps it off.
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 have a 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 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.