This is the fabric that launched the entire Gustin line in premium boutiques across the country in 2011. #1 The Heavy holds a special place in our hearts and remains one of the most beautiful wearing selvedge denims we've found. Today we use it to create an absolute gold-standard, rugged Workshirt.
We chose this selvedge to launch the Gustin line because it was a beautiful example of a Japanese denim that would stand the test of time while still being unique. It's dense, heavy and crispy when raw. A subtle beige tinted weft gives it a slightly dusty-metallic look and results in a more muted dark indigo shade. It holds its color well and develops a unique leathery hand as it starts to wear-in. If you check our denim version photos, it fades down to the perfect medium blue with great vertical grain. It's absolutely gorgeous. The 13.75oz weight makes for burly workshirt. A classic red selvedge ID caps it off. This is the denim that started it all for us and we'll be the first in line to get our workshirts wearing in.
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.
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.