The Rite Record-Journal — heritage

Denim Mythbusting: Did T-shirts really only become popular after WW2?

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Denim Mythbusting: Did T-shirts really only become popular after WW2?

Jim Thorpe, American Olympian and later pro football Hall of Famer, competing in track and field for Team USA at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden.  The humble T-shirt does it all: it‘s an undershirt and a standalone, comes in plain and printed varieties, even functions as wearable advertising. Tees have been a style icon for decades now, but when did they first become popular? If you look online most articles will tell you that tees became staples after World War II, and especially in the 1950s. Is that commonly held belief true, though?   The short answer is: no....

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Denim Mythbusting: Did chinos really only become popular after WW2?

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Denim Mythbusting: Did chinos really only become popular after WW2?

It’s commonly believed that chinos became popular after WW2 and servicemen returned home. That sounds good, but is it true?

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Denim Mythbusting: Why Is It Called 'Wabash' Fabric?

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Denim Mythbusting: Why Is It Called 'Wabash' Fabric?

How did the term "wabash" really originate and is that what people called it in the past?

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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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