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Our signature 10 oz. indigo-dyed selvedge fabric woven in Japan on vintage Imamura looms. A faithful reproduction of a pre-1930s quality, this fabric facilitates a traditional drape and ease of movement whilst ageing gracefully. Loaded with nep that provides a grainy pop amongst the deep indigo, this uniquely-textured fabric will fade into a palette of rich blues and chalky whites.
Arguably the most coveted US military issue garment of the Vietnam War, the ‘Advisor’ Shirt was part of a two piece uniform set first issued in the early 1960s to member of the US Special Forces and US Advisors that worked with South Vietnamese units. Constructed from cotton in a variety of different weights, they would all feature the distinctive tigerstripe camouflage that became synonymous with the war in South East Asia. While tiger patterns would vary significantly the pattern of the shirt itself remained the same - a boxy cut with large chest pockets, a jacket style button front and a third smaller box pocket on the sleeve commonly referred to as a ‘cigarette’ pocket. The pattern of the shirt would often be utilised as a block for custom made garments either worn in combat or on R and R. These items would be procured either incountry while in Saigon or on R and R in Japan or Thailand. Traditional Japanese fabrics were popular among servicemen, as were Aloha patterns.
Each shirt is handmade in Dawson's Brighton, England workshop.