You might have noticed that Indigo is having a moment right now—again. We're apprehensive about labelling the deep blue dye a trend, seeing as the process has been around for centuries and that it's outlasted the usual menswear cycle.
Originally debuting as part of 3sixteen FW17 season and selling out quickly after its release, we feel that this shirt was so well received due to the uniqueness of its fabric. Allow us to try and walk you through what makes it so special: while at first glance it looks like rinsed denim, it’s actually a knit fabric from Nihon Menpu that features a twill face, selvedge edge, and contrasting yarns for the face and underside. The mill was somehow able to knit a fleece that mimics both the appearance and fade quality of denim. It’s hard to describe how comfortable this shirt is; it legitimately feels like you’re wearing a sweatshirt with buttons on it. To us, it’s the perfect intersection of comfort, dynamic aging, and heft. It features a knit fabric that's woven with a twill face, selvedge edge, and contrasting yarns for the face and underside of the fabric.
The shirt is finished with 3sixteen custom concho snaps and a 4-hole top button, both in an aged pewter. The first iteration of this shirt was manufactured in the United States, but for this release the brand opted for this version to be manufactured in India. If you had this shirt the first time, you'll remember that this fabric has a very complicated shrink issue- it shrinks significantly in width and little in length. What resulted on the first round in FW17 was a dry clean only shirt that needed special care.
When 3sixteen sampled this shirt with the factory in India, the brand was blown away by how well they handled the fabric. Every seam is perfectly constructed and in some areas, 3sixteen worked with them to update their construction techniques to better accommodate the intricacies of the fabric. The Indian factory prides themselves on their ability to handle unique situations such as this, and with their capabilities, 3sixteen was able to garment wash the shirt to remove excessive shrinkage and preserve the fit. I think you'll agree that this a welcomed update on the last iteration- it arrives to customers in the same great fabric but now pre-rinsed and pre-shrunk with beautiful finishing.
Founded in LA by Johan Lam and Andrew Chen over a decade ago, 3sixteen's philosophy is evident in pieces they've developed since 2008: shirts, jackets, basics and accessories all take cues in form and function from their jeans. Fabrics and trims are always chosen for their capacity to develop character with time. 3sixteen aim is that, with diligent wear, the customers are rewarded with something well-aged, never "old."
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