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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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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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Pockets and things: A T-shirt This Way Comes

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Pockets and things: A T-shirt This Way Comes

It's been a while since I've posted it seems, so hello there again! If you follow my Instagram you might have noticed me post some photos of a new rumbling in the land of The Rite Stuff: that's right, a pocket tee!

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Announcement: Wabash scarves

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Announcement: Wabash scarves

It's with a heavy heart that I have to announce a problem with the wabash selvedge scarves: namely, they lost their selvedges. Because of a miscommunication with the factory, they accidentally cut off the selvedge edges of the wabash fabric and sewed them over. 

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