Had Akira Kurosawa and Sergio Leone been designers, this shirt from Rogue Territory would be their collaboration. It’s a western shirt made of an indigo dyed 6 oz. selvedge chambray from Nihon Menpu wrought with details like a triple needle chain-stitch runoff, matte white snap buttons, and a navy cats-eye collar button. Those details alone would be enough to draw most guys. The killer blow is that the entire shirt is also sashiko stitched, giving it an incredible heft and texture.
Translating to ‘little stabs,’ sashiko is a simple running stitch originally used in Japan to mend and reinforce garments. Over time the Japanese would use this method of stitching more decoratively to form a wide array of patterns. The thick sashiko yarns also found purpose in martial arts uniforms such as kendo-gi’s which served as a protective padding for warriors. On RgT’s western shirt, the sashiko yarns are dyed in indigo which would certainly make for some interesting fades.
To accompany this highly limited release, RgT also made a version of their work shirt in an olive sashiko chambray selvedge. Both shirts are going for $255 and you can find them at Standard & Strange.