The Rite Stuff Wabash scarf is made in Japan by John Lofgren & Co with a 5.7 oz Wabash fabric, the kind made famous by J.L. Stifel & Sons, originating in West Virgina around 1835. They were the most famous of all the dyers/printers of Wabash fabrics in their time. The dotted line fabric was recognized as railroad workwear since they wore the hickory stripes and dotted fabrics. Each fabric is unique and easily identifiable from the others.
Legend has it that Stifel, an immigrant to the US from Germany, walked in search of work to Wheeling (West Virginia) from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, barefoot to preserve his shoes. Being trained in Germany in calico printmaking, he eventually got hold of a bolt of fabric in Wheeling, dyed it with indigo and then sold it, using the money gained to make more. In time, he'd make discharge prints, including the famed dot stripe, or "Wabash" pattern and other styles like myriad diamonds, floral and calico.
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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