We launched our workshirts with a vintage Hickory Stripe from Japan and it was our most popular style. We went searching for another style and couldn't be more pleased with what we found.
This style uses sanforized raw selvedge twill from one of the finest mills in Japan. Hickory stripes are all about pattern, shade and weight. As opposed our the original Hickory Stripe, this one has a wider stripe pattern which gives is a slightly more rustic look and really makes the stripe bold. The shades are a thing of beauty. A true-blue indigo stripe is contrasted with a slightly muted white stripe. This combination is classic and helps build the vintage feel. Finally, you need weight behind a fabric like this. At 8.0'oz you've got it. This makes for a very substantial shirt that will last through whatever you throw its way. A wide white selvedge ID finishes 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’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.