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What does 'Made in Japan' mean?

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What does 'Made in Japan' mean?

It's been a while, huh? Sorry about the lack of blog posts, but life has been hectic for me these days. I moved out of the city, got a new job, went to Sendai, have been looking to (and signed to) buy a house, and more. So, it's been crazy this past month, but that's no excuse! Today I'd like to write about what exactly "Made in Japan" means for me, for my brand, and explain a bit more about why working with John Lofgren is so important.  More than just helping with production in Japan, John helps to make...

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Stockists Round-Up

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Stockists Round-Up

Long time no see, pardners! Well, the ol' dusty trail has gotten long and I've actually been pretty busy, even though it might not seem it around these parts. I'm currently waiting for samples to come of the Harvester henley in burgundy and navy blue colors, to ship sometime in the fall. Because the ecru fabric I used originally isn't offered in these other colors, we've taken to garment dying them. However, the garment dying is done by an old worker in Japan and he works as fast as he can. This of course means it's taking longer than I'd...

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Chambray: The Most Universal Shirt Fabric

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Chambray: The Most Universal Shirt Fabric

Lately I've been thinking more deeply about chambray fabric, so I decided to put some thoughts down first. When I first started The Rite Stuff, a colleague asked me "Why a chambray shirt as the first product?" I had to think about this for a second, but only to put into words. Instinctively, I knew the answer. A chambray work shirt is my "desert island shirt," as I've mentioned here before.  But why? One reason is that blue goes with a lot of different styles. Blue chambray is where the "blue collar" comes from as well. It doesn't stain as...

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Why choose EMS?

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Why choose EMS?

Chances are, if you've ever ordered an item from Japan, you've had the pleasure of having your new purchase sent to you via EMS. For a relatively low cost, you could potentially have an items ship out from Tokyo, for example, and arrive at your doorstep in London within 3 days. All the while, you could have checked its updated status online, and even had updates sent to your email.

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Why Loopwheel?

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Why Loopwheel?

The Rite Stuff Pocket T-shirt first sample. Loopwheel: it's taken on an almost mythical status in the heritage clothing scene, though what exactly is loopwheel and why are some of the best tees and sweats made with it? Loopwheel is a way of knitting cotton yarns with a special loopwheel machine. Currently, there are only two factories in the world that make tube-knit, loopwheel fabric. One is in Wakayama, Japan, and the other is in the Swabian Alps of Germany with Merz B. Schwanen. The Rite Stuff's Pocket T-shirt is made with loopwheel cotton fabric from Wakayama. Loopwheel machines hard...

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