Coen Chambray Shirt

Jan 27, 2011

A mysterious shirt I picked up on eBay earlier this month from Japan. Fits slim and boasts single-needle stitching throughout, navy cat's eye buttons, two buttoned work pockets and a modern collar. I originally purchased it for the simple design that is very close to the original US Navy issue shirt, but what I love most about it is the fabric. Unlike most brands available in the US, this chambray fabric isn't too papery or stiff. It has a very soft, organic hand, and is breathable much in the same manner as my SEXSC06 denim. The color is beautiful in person, and I much prefer navy buttons and white stitching over any other combination. A shirt like this doesn't need to be over-designed; quality fabric and construction trumps bells and whistles every time.

Label comparison with a mid-century Sears work shirt (via Riveted)
A Buzz Rickson replica of the 1944 USN chambray work shirt at Self Edge, $170
Me in the Coen chambray work shirt



I got a Mister Freedom shirt that has the same fabric. I don't know why kids are buying these nonsense chambray shirts at Target and Sears for like $50. Seems pointless. The way this material winkles and hangs is what it's all about.

Beth Dunn

Looks great!

My Affair with Michael Bastian

Lookin' sharp!


Yeah, this is an interesting brand. I have a bunch of shirts from this brand that I've purchased at IT at the Langham Place mall in Hong Kong. They bill themselves as a Japanese brand, but I've never actually seen this brand in Japan. Google search turns up nothing.

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