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In the Field:
GITMAN VINTAGE™

Since 1932, the Gitman family name has been synonymous with some of the best American-made shirts. We traveled to the company’s factory in Ashland, Pennsylvania, and teamed up with its vice-president Chris Olberding on an exclusive collection of oxford shirts made entirely here in the USA.

Our Gitman Vintage for J.Crew garment-dyed oxford shirts in vintage merlot, passport greenraw indigonile blueclassic pink and golden maize. Shop all shirts here.

Alfred, Max and Sheldon Gitman with the factory team in 1957. 
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HISTORICAL REENACTMENT
At Gitman, nearly everything that goes into its shirts is still done by hand, from shaping the collar to sewing the brand’s distinctive double row of stitching at the side seam. That’s been true ever Max Gitman and his sons, Alfred and Sheldon, first set up shop in Ashland, and it’s still true with Gitman’s recently created Vintage line. “I wanted to create something that incorporated our history and heritage, using the label, chalk buttons and other details from the original Gitman shirts,” explains Chris.
  1. 01.Alfred, Max and Sheldon Gitman with the factory team in 1957. 




“I wanted to create something that incorporated our history and heritage.”

FABRIC FORWARD
“Our philosophy has always been to bridge the old and new,” says Chris, ”Every season, we use our archives but also maintain a certain awareness of what’s happening in the world of contemporary menswear.” While 30 years ago the factory made almost exclusively blue and white shirts, today everything from pineapple prints to embroidered western shirts—all designed by Chris—bear the Gitman Vintage name. 





“We use our archives but also maintain a certain awareness of what’s happening in the world of contemporary menswear.”

A HOMEGROWN SHIRT
Our collaboration with Gitman is part of the brand’s “Seed to Sew” collection. Starting with American-grown cotton and finished with locally sourced thread, it’s a made-in-the-USA shirt that uses entirely U.S.-produced materials. The six unexpected and supersaturated colors of overdyed oxford cloth we selected also pay tribute to Gitman’s distinctive approach to fabrics. “It was fun and seamless,” says Chris, “We collaborated [with J.Crew] over colors and landed on an offering that feels really strong and fresh. None of the colors are going to appear anywhere else. They’re true exclusives.”






Photographs by Bryan Derballa. 

Shop all Gitman Vintage for J.Crew here

Shop our men’s collection here.
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