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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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The Continuing Saga of Heracles and Friends a.k.a. The Rite Stuff, Phase Two

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The Continuing Saga of Heracles and Friends a.k.a. The Rite Stuff, Phase Two

The Rite Stuff phase two is here, just like a hectic new phase at Del Boca Vista, but without Morty Seinfeld and his raincoat sales advice. You might not want to listen to Morty's advice for selling clothes: Case in point. Sales of the Heracles were buzzing along, people were posting online about it, I was picking up stockists, but I was getting lots of queries about XL and XXL sizes. This despite the fact that the shirt runs a bit large. You can imagine how it feels to see all these sales slip through my fingers because I miscalculated...

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Heracles and the Heroic Tasks

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Heracles and the Heroic Tasks

No, we won't slay the Hydra, or take Cerberus for a walk in the park today, but we will return to the Heracles shirt and the wait I was enduring while it was in production. Again, waiting, but soon I had an estimated delivery date: the first week of June. I counted off the days, and when the shipment went out I tracked it online, waiting for it to clear customs (and rueing how much they'd want to charge me).   "Wait, I thought this blog post was about me." The first box finally arrived in a heavy downpour that threatened to...

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The Sample Has Landed

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The Sample Has Landed

We left off last time with me returning from Sendai back to Taiwan in early February, production on the sample of the Heracles shirt ready to begin. Now it was time for me to simply wait, and wait I did, until right at the mid-point of April. That was when the first sample arrived. It's been a while since I was an actual kid on Christmas morning, but this was pretty darn close to replicating the feeling. The first Heracles sample in all its glory. . The first sample was stellar; John Lofgren said it needed a slight collar adjustment,...

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Making the Heracles, a.k.a. to Sendai we go

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Making the Heracles, a.k.a. to Sendai we go

After designing an initial shirt, I decided against becoming a one-man brand and believed it best to instead have my products made, but only to the highest standards in the industry. Go big and go West or go home, right? The next question was whether to have the Heracles shirt made in the USA or Japan. The former proved fairly simple at first, with factories responding readily and willing to work. But still, I hesitated over concerns that the construction quality wouldn't be up to par, and the shipping from there to me in Taiwan would be too high. A popular...

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