The Harvester ecru long-sleeve impresses at first sight for its amazing real mother-of-pearl buttons and for its quality cotton unbleached ecru single-jersey fabric.
It is made in Japan by John Lofgren & Co. and based on the kind of Henley shirts that became popular around the turn of the century, both as sportswear (it was the traditional uniform of rowers from the British city of Henley-on-Thames, home of the Henley Royal Regatta in the 1890s), and as an undergarment for warmth. The Harvester shirt can be worn as a standalone shirt or as a warm undershirt (It is not thin or heavy).
The soft, unbleached, ecru fabric recalls the rustic feel of the 1800s and early 1900s. Those dark-coloured flecks in the fabric are cotton plant material, including leaves, burrs and bark.
Lockstitch construction ensures durability at points of stress. The placket curves slightly at the top in a unique design. Brown genuine mother-of-pearl cat's eye buttons are period-correct and glisten in the sun, revealing myriad subtle colours.
The Rite Stuff is a label created by Bryan Shettig, a devotee and great connoisseur of the workwear used in American factories in the early and mid-20th century. All the products from The Rite Stuff are painstakingly made in every detail in Japan by John Lofgren and his staff of highly qualified Japanese workers. John Lofgren is a Californian living between Japan and the USA, known for taking to extremes his obsession with quality and detail when producing one of the best Engineer Boots in the world under his own label. As well as boots, John Lofgren produces for The Rite Stuff some of the highest-quality garments in the world.
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