Open Collar Shirt made from 1940s-inspired organic cotton customised six-ounce selvedge twill, with two front patch, flapped pockets, a slightly loose body, and customised shell buttons. The grey shirt is dyed using natural dyes; the ivory is undyed, and the cut is modelled on the open collar shirts worn in 1950s America.
This shirt is made from organic cotton and inspired by the 1950s open collar shirt, also known as the camp collar shirt. A variation that dates back to the 19th Century, the shirt is thought to be taken from the guayabera, a lightweight garment worn in Cuba by men working outdoors in the heat. It was popularised in the U.S. during the Cuban Exile of 1959 - 1962, where many Cubans emigrated to America – bringing music, food and clothing – and hit the mainstream when worn by pop stars such as Elvis Presley. Takahashi purchased a vintage 1950s open collar shirt from a dealer in New York, U.S.A. Interested in how the garment represented a period of American glory, he referenced the collar, pockets and the pattern, which are emblematic of a rapid period of expansion of manufacturing and home construction in post-World War II America. Instead of using lightweight material, Takahashi's design is realised in a thicker organic cotton selvedge twill cotton inspired by 1950s American workwear.