The Chambray is a fabric that has become iconic in the world of men's fashion and, in particular, heritage wear. Dating back as far as 1595 and derived from the French commune of Cambrai, it has been made famous for its plain weave fabrics, such as linen. The Chambray is seen as the forefather to denim and, although it carries a lighter feel, its structure is the same as it consists of a warp and weft weave.
The Chambray is so versatile that the US navy made it their official uniform from the turn of the 20th Century through to the end of World War II. The entire uniform was made up of a darker denim trouser and the long-sleeve Chambray shirt layered over a clean white tee. A truly classic look! It’s also a fabric that’s been adopted by many US prisons over the years, most famously Alcatraz and although there wasn’t an ‘official’ shirt, the uniform came with very strict instructions.
“The standard inmate uniform consists of a blue chambray shirt, trousers, belt and shoes. Your shirt will be buttoned except for the top collar button. The sleeves will be rolled down and buttoned. Keep your clothing neat, clean and in good repair at all times.”
With a garment steeped in such provenance, we took our time when developing the design. Our Founder, Phil, sampled 100s of fabrics in pursuit of the perfect weight, wash and texture. Having found the very best Chambray, Phil set out to create our first work shirt – The Yard.
The Yard is a lightweight, utilitarian piece complete with trademark pencil pocket, elbow patches and two breast pockets. You can, of course, choose to ignore the rigid prison rules and dress down with rolled-up sleeves and layered over our &SONS Boxer Tee. Finish with a pair of our Indigo Blue Virgil Chinos or Tan Virgil Chinos to add contrast and complete this iconic look.
All of our parcels are lovingly gift wrapped in waxed brown paper and string, they arrive at the shipping address as the perfect gift to a loved one .... or a present to yourself! We offer:
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