Gateway Shirt #1 - The White Gabardine
Gabardine was invented by Thomas Burberry in 1879 and is a strong tightly woven fabric closely related to twill. Ours is soft but not delicate and extremely versatile.
Because we want as many people to try and own a Zip Fit shirt as possible, from time to time we will release a shirt for $98 in limited supply. Generally we are able to do this because we have found an incredible deal on a quantity of fabric and we pass that savings along. However, the labor cost is exactly the same as our other shirts and the overall cost is not that much lower. This means that we are foregoing most of our profit in order to bring a handmade shirt to market at this price.
The only thing different about shirts in this program and those in our regular collection is the price. The fabrics and workmanship will always meet our standards.
Our roots are in the custom shirt world and our mission to create the ultimate shirt is guided by that history. Every Zip Fit shirt is imbued with the same qualities and standards and because we sell directly to our customers we can price them at half of what they would cost in a bricks and mortar store:
- Handmade. Never mass-produced
- 100% long staple Egyptian cotton woven in one of the world's top mills
- Single needle lockstitched & flat-felled seams means extreme durability
- A larger drop from chest to waist than any shirt on the market
- Fits athletic body types like it's custom & lends its shape to slim/average guys
- No pulling open and gapping around the buttons
- The patented Stay-up Collar prevents the collar from collapsing and spreading open.
About Teddy Stratford
When company founder Bryan Davis was pulled over for speeding in Bangkok, he noticed that the police officer's button down shirt fit him exceptionally well. Davis complimented the officer on his shirt and the cop gave him the location of the Royal Thai Police’s tailor. At the tailor he discovered the secret to the shirt’s fit: it zipped instead of buttoning, creating a closer fitting shirt without pulling open around the buttons. It turns out that police shirts all over the world have been made this way for decades.
Bryan took the shirt back to NYC where he partnered with master shirt maker Carl Goldberg (CEGO Custom Shirts), founded Teddy Stratford™, and worked with his team to develop the Zip Fit™ shirt, perfecting what he originally discovered on a policeman’s back in Bangkok.