Our heavy selvedge denim workshirts are some of our most highly regarded. We went big with the Cone 101 and now it's time to use one of our favorite Japanese selvedges - the dead stock Japan Union Blue. This is going to be a serious workshirt.
Gustin workshirt made from sanforized raw selvedge denim from one of the finest mills in Japan. We used the Japan Union Blue it to make sweet jeans, but we knew this one was destined for a workshirt. Shade and texture are what set this selvedge apart from most denim and what will create one of our most unique workshirts yet. Looking at this fabric, we instantly were reminded of the shade of Union Army pants - a pale, lighter shade of blue. The white weft keeps it classic, but the overall shade is very unusual and a great alternative to your traditional dark indigo. The color will also provide nice contrast if you want to wear it with jeans or a pair of chinos. The texture on this style is also very coarse which should make for nice wear-in. A thick navy selvedge ID finished it off. On top of the great shade and texture, you're getting in on a dead stock style, which makes this even more rare. Overall this selvedge will make for an extra tough workshirt at an amazing value.
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 new Slim fit. The Classic 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. We’ve had a huge volume of requests for a slimmer fitting shirt so we’re please to launch it with the workshirt. We’ll be extending this fit to our standard button downs soon. 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.