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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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On Bandanas

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On Bandanas

Bandanas, bandannas, and kerchiefs. They've been around forever, have gone through phases as headwear, cowboy wear, even Village People wear, and are making a comeback again in the heritage scene. After all, who doesn't want some wearable art with them all the time? Where do bandanas come from though? Let's start with the word, since it's meaning isn't self-evident. The word bandanna comes from the Sanskirt "bandanha" (बन्धन) "a bond," and "bandhati", a "tie". The name attests to the fact that bandanas were made with a tie-dye technique. That's right, bandanas are originally from India, hence the paisley patterns they're usually adorned with....

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The Pocket T-shirt: Update!

The Pocket T-shirt: Update!

Styling of The Rite Stuff Pocket T-shirt and Heracles shirt courtesy of myself. (Guest starring: John Lofgren Champion sneakers, the best!) Long time no see, boys and girls! I've been busy with work stuff and waiting; currently, I'm waiting for the second sample of the pocket T-shirt. The first one was very nice, but the collar was looser than I would like. The second sample will have a tighter collar and then it's production time! Right now the plan is to offer the T-shirt in off-white and navy blue (not indigo). This means there will be about 50 white tees...

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