Today represents one of the most fun parts of the unique way we design and make products at GUSTIN. We get to find some of the most unusual and beautiful fabrics and let you decide what we make. We scored a first - a rare indigo dyed ripstop canvas and we'll make a vintage workshirt from it.
We start with fabric. Rugged construction meets vintage dye. The base is a solid, 9 ounce ripstop canvas. Not just any ripstop though, a 100% cotton version. This is much more unusual for a ripstop, which tends to be nylon. Ripstop brings a enhanced level of toughness to fabric. It is designed to resist tearing by incorporating reinforced threads into the weave in a grid pattern. Making already rare style even more exclusive is the use of indigo dye. It's a perfect match for this fabric as the ripstop grid presents raised channels which are first to have the indigo dye rub off from. The transformation through wear is very special as you can see from the photos.
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.
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.