In 1958, the first year that Brooks Brothers sold madras shirts, people were pissed. The colorful, lightweight cotton shirts had been a runaway hit, but no one had thought to include washing instructions and thousands of customers found the bright colors on their new shirts ran like hell in the laundry.
Sensitive to that issue, Gitman Bros. Vintage brings all the perks of the preppy vintage Madras shirt, without the bleeding colors. Their Cotton/Linen Multi Madras Button Down shirt comes with a button-down collar, a box-pleat back, and double-track stitching. But perhaps more importantly, it modernizes the spirit of the old-school madras shirt for a new era.
Fifty-nine years after the Brooks Bros. debacle, the madras shirt hype is still real, but this time around there will definitely be a wash instruction tag. So you have no excuse if you screw this up.
Available for $156 at Independence Chicago.