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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 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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The Rite Stuff 'Harvester' ecru long-sleeve henley sample

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The Rite Stuff 'Harvester' ecru long-sleeve henley sample

Hello again ladies and gents, I'm back with something big: the first sample of The Rite Stuff 'Harvester' long-sleeve henley in ecru fabric! Once again, the shirt is made in Japan, with Japanese fabric, with John Lofgren and Co. Although it's a sample, the factory knocked it out of the park on the first try and I don't plan on making more samples. We'll just change the tag out for a different one and this baby is good to go! In case you missed my previous blog post on henleys, I've dived a bit into the history of this shirt, which...

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