The year is 1995 and I'm dropping a pair of chinos off to my tailor (yes, I had a tailor at fourteen). I've carefully pinned scads of cotton chino swatches in hopes the patchwork chinos actually emerge from my mind's eye. It was at that moment I knew I wanted to design clothes. Over the course of my stint in high school, I would rip (I hated logo plastered clothing), stitch, and alter scores of pieces in my closet.
It is with that excitement that I'm introducing this red gingham button down I designed for Jack Robie. Co-founder, Brad Corona and I first threw around the idea last spring while on location in Nantucket photographing their summer campaign. Not only did I want to introduce a red gingham sport shirt to their existing offering, more importantly, I wanted to design it for myself. Keeping the signature Jack Robie fit throughout the body, I added a left chest pocket, employed side pleats along the yoke (a master tailor once riffed to me on the box pleat's functional shortcomings)—a move which prompted the vertical orientation of the locker loop peeking out from under the collar—and a button down collar (a choice inspired by my habitual use of collar pins on my button down collars when wearing tie). The limited run of shirts are made of 100% narrow-loomed Japanese cotton and cut and sewn right here in the U.S.A.
The shirt is currently available at JackRobie.com.