It took us 5 years to find this fabric again and today the Cone Salt and Pepper Canvas Workshirt is back. One of the most unique canvases of all time and one of our best workshirt values. Enough said.
There are so many elements that make this fabric special. This first is the fact that it's crafted by one of the most storied American mills, Cone Mills. Cone holds a special place in our daily lives as we enjoy its deadstock selvedge styles regularly. Second is that heavy, 12oz canvas like this style is almost unheard of from Cone. It's the perfect weight for a tough, rugged workshirt. Finally, the sheer beauty of the color combination. It has a natural/off-white warp and jet black weft, giving it unique contrast and a subtle black shadow. This is a true collector style and the fact that we're offering it at one of our best workshirt values makes it too good to pass up.
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. 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 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.