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February 23rd, 2010

The Work Shirt w/cigarette pocket

Posted by michael lavorgna in Stuff

reliance work shirt ad

big yank

Reliance Big Yank, NOS work shirt from the ’30s or ’40s
$2,125.00 on eBay

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Engineered Garments Spring 2010 Collection, EG Workshirt

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kt&h work shirt
K&TH Manufacturing Co., Work Shirt with cigarette pocket

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FOB Factory, F3208 Work Shirt

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Studio D’Artisan, Heavyweight Chambray Workshirt

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Sugar Cane, 1930′s & 1940′s Asymmetric-Pocket Mini-Wabash Work Shirt Red

Inspiration is the mother of the sincerest form of flattery. The classic American work shirt was made from 100% cotton and included eminently practical details like a pocket for a pack of cigarettes (patented by Reliance!) that opened at the bottom so you could slip your smokes out in a flash, the still popular sewn in pencil slot (why people puts pens in their shirt pocket tip-down remains one of the world’s great mysteries), and the extra long chest pocket to hold extra long stuff.

Today a number of companies make their version of the classic American work shirt or you can pay a few grand for an original. I’m a fan of everything K&TH does (check out that button!) but when practicality and price exert their sobering slap, there’s always the trusty Carhartt 100% cotton (no blends please) Work Wash Twill Shirt for about $25 smackers. But you’ll have to do without that cigarette pocket and extra long stuff.

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  1. Jonathan said,

    on February 23rd, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Cigarette pocket and no shrink… I’m sold.

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