Workwear heads and vintage fans alike might do a double take upon hearing the ‘Heracles’ name, which I have a hunch the folks at The Rite Stuff would tell you is intentional. The name references the old American workwear brand Hercules (Heracles in Greek), which, in itself, references the famous Greek god noted for his strength, various far-ranging adventures, and for housing fried chicken at Eddie Murphy-filled dinner tables as a youth. In the end, isn’t strength, durability and a nod to adventures taken in the garments what attracts so many to workwear clothes in the first place?
Staying on theme, this work shirt was engineered to stay strong no matter what you throw at it — whether it’s a third shift or a bout with a Kraken — with triple-needle chainstitching along main seams and reinforced elbows and yokes (front and back for extra measure). The shirt is a 5oz. 100% cotton selvedge chambray, milled and made in Japan at John Lofgren.
Nobody utters Hercules and great value in the same sentence, but they may for the Heracles — you rarely see reinforcement like this with Japanese fabrication for the price point. Zeus would be proud.
Available for $160 at The Rite Stuff.