Taylor Stitch Shirting
My recent travels to San Francisco offered me the chance to pass through the menswear haven The Common, which in their own words, “specialize in purveying, producing and designing durable and timeless staples crafted using traditional manufacturing techniques.” Impressive as their inventory was (stocking fine brands such as Tellason Denim, Makr Carry Goods, Pierrepont Hicks and many more) I was most excited to feast my eyes on the surplus of Taylor Stitch shirting.
Indeed, The Common is the go-to place for Taylor Stitch garments, as the good folks who founded and curate both projects are one and the same. After spending some unhurried time in The Common and getting a remarkable personalized food itinerary for our time in San Fran from Michael and Barrett, I set my attention on their California Shirt in Blue & Yellow Madras.
As they boldly claim in their description, “This handmade product represents the greatest value in shirting available today. There does not exist a more thought-out, well made and better fitting shirt made domestically.” As brash as that statement sounds, after owning one of their shirts, I’d have to agree. It’s not only the beautiful plaid coloration that make this shirt one of the favorites in my wardrobe right now but it’s the design details that yield such dividends when wearing.
The sizing of the shirt is done by chest (like suiting) which creates a more custom fit for the wearer. Taylor Stitch shirts are also cut with a higher arm hole, which leave less sagging arm material. Each shirt also has a 3 inch taper through the body, producing a slim fit without being overly taut. An 8-button front helps the shirt stay closed and tucked while the pleatless arm and back leave an overall clean cut impression that truly looks like it’s made specifically for you. It is as close to custom as a shirt comes without being… well… made custom. But if you’re looking for custom made shirt, Taylor Stitch can take care of that as well.
While $125 is no small price to pay for a shirt, this is far from just another shirt. It’s going to be difficult not to measure all future shirts I purchase against how close they come to the quality and construction of Taylor Stitch. If anyone honestly finds a better shirt manufactured here in the good ol’ U.S. of A., I’ll take two.