1. Why is your clothing so expensive?
Most clothing these days is cheap for a reason: it's cheap to produce because workers making it are working in sub-standard, sweatshop-like conditions and are not paid a living wage. Exploitation and sweatshops are at the core of fast fashion. Factory owners exploit their workers and often also skirt or outright ignore environmental laws, often dumping toxic wastewater into rivers. Some are also tempted to buy cheap, fashionable items and then throw them out when the trend is over, causing untold amounts of waste.
We choose to eschew fast fashion for "slow fashion". We only work with workshops and factories that treat their workers humanely and pay them a living wage. If we find that they're not, we stop working with them. And we try our best to avoid synthetic materials and only work with the best fabric mills in Japan.
2. Will my clothing shrink after washing?
We pre-shrunk all of our garments as much as possible so that you don't need to worry about it shrinking later on. This also makes the garment more comfortable to wear from the outset.
3. How long will it take for my item to arrive?
It depends; the registered airmail (RA) option can take a few weeks to reach the US, Europe, etc. The EMS option will only take a few days and will be fully trackable from end to end, something RA can't always boast. In both cases though, we provide you a tracking number and URL with the shipment notification email.
4. I missed out on an item, will you restock it soon?
In most cases no, we don't do regular restocks of items. Everything we make is done one at a time so that we can focus all our attention on it, so there's no seasonal collections or regular restocking. Its better to get in early!
5. Why the focus on 1910-1930s, or pre-war, workwear?
Workwear is our favorite style of 'heritage' or 'amekaji' (a Japanese term for 'American casual') clothing. As for why those decades, starting in the 1940s, companies began to slowly cut out what they deemed to be extraneous details from clothing. The war effort only accelerated this, and in some cases those details never really came back. Prior to that, brands tried to give customers more for their money and took more chances with designs and fabrics, making for more interesting clothing overall. In a sense classical workwear style peaked in the late 1920s/early 1930s. The exception to this is denim and boots, which arguably peaked in the 1940s and 1950s, respectively.
6. How do you measure your shirts?
Good question! You can read how on our How To Measure page. Often people will ask about the chest measurement first, but we've found that shoulder measurements are more important. If the shoulders fit then the rest of the shirt generally falls into place correctly.
7. Can I exchange or return an item if it doesn't fit right?
Yep! Please send it back, unworn and unwashed, with the original tags within 7 days after notifying us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or shooting us a DM on Instagram. You can keep the sticker attached to your bag though!