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Classic American Style | Our Top Picks from Taylor Stitch
Very few brands nail classic American style like Taylor Stitch. They’ve made a name for themselves by taking time-proven styles and modernizing them with upgraded fabrics, construction and features. Making for dependable wardrobe staples that you can wear chopping wood, snagging trout, or simply heading to the office.
Add in their commitment to using recycled and regenerative fibers wherever possible, responsibly operated factories, a ‘Restitch’ program to repair their used gear, and giving back through fundraising and donations, and you have a brand well worthy of kudos.
So we decided to comb through their stable of classic styles and pick out the ones we’d be happy to pack in our Weekender or travel bag.
The humble sock is arguably one of the most important elements in your day-to-day wardrobe, helping to keep your feet comfy and protected while you’re on the go. And once you’ve experienced the game-changing nature of merino wool socks, you won’t want to go back.
Enter the Taylor Stitch Merino Sock, which packs in a host of features including padding at the toe, footbed, and heel, as well as compression for arch support. The sock is made in Italy using a blend of 60% Merino wool, 30% nylon, and 10% elastane. These have been super comfortable during the last two months of wear, and have become a regular in my rotation, thanks to performance properties such as moisture wicking, odor resistance, and temperature regulation, along with added durability and stretch. Perfect for keeping your feet happy whether you’re commuting, hitting the trails, or simply lounging on a lazy weekend.
Just like socks, boxers can sometimes get overlooked. But they’re a key part of your daily wardrobe that deserves just as much attention as your shirt or pants. So Taylor Stitch created the Merino Boxer to provide premium comfort and performance where you really need it.
Made with a blend of 5 oz. 95% 18.5-micron mercerized Merino and 5% Lycra, these boxers are moisture-wicking, odor resistant, and temperature regulating, while feeling super soft against the skin but tough enough to handle machine washing. Sure, they’re not the cheapest pair around. But you’ll definitely notice the quality difference.
If you’re going to add just one Merino item to your wardrobe, you can’t go wrong with a quality Merino t-shirt. And Taylor Stitch’s Merino Tee will quickly make you a convert of this miracle material.
Just like the boxers above, it’s made with 5 oz. 95% 18.5-micron mercerized Merino and 5% Lycra. What is mercerized Merino, you ask? The Merino undergoes a nifty industrial process that increases its lustre and softness while also enhancing the fabric strength, improving the drape, and making it machine-washable for easy care.
A great all-rounder that can hit the gym or hiking trail just as easily as your local cafe, this tee is not only versatile for day-to-day wear but also a great option for your travel packing list. The drape on this shirt is excellent, making it work as a stand alone piece or an under-shirt in the colder months. The cut is the perfect tailored mix between classic (boxy) and trim (too tight). You can’t go wrong here.
A particular favorite of the folks at Taylor Stitch, the Yosemite Shirt is one of the best sellers season after season. It embodies the brand’s values of heritage style, comfort, durability for years of use, and versatility. Made with a soft 9 oz. 100% organic cotton flannel chamois, the shirt features a tailored fit that looks right at home in the city, but with the comfort and durability you want to explore the great outdoors too. The shirt can be worn as a standalone piece or unbuttoned over a t-shirt for a more relaxed feel. Two chest pockets provide easy-access storage for small items, while a range of colorways make it easy to find your perfect style match. This has become a go to shirt, both because of the comfort and style.
If you want a cleaner more formal look with a little bit of that rustic edge, this might be the shirt for you. Taylor Stitch’s Jack Shirt pulls out all the stops, blending timeless style with tough construction that isn’t afraid to roll its sleeves up and get stuck in. It’s a Taylor Stitch characteristic – items that you can trust to do it all. Made with 100% organic cotton in a range of weaves and colorways, you’ve got a wide choice of options to help you find your ideal style. Details such as double-stitched buttons and buttonholes with a button-down collar keep things tough and tidy, creating a do-it-all shirt with the versatility to adapt to weekday meetings and weekend campfires alike.
The classic henley pairs easily with a host of outfits but can lack the warmth you want in colder months. But the Hudson Sweater offers an alternative, blending the cozy performance of Merino with henley styling. Made with 100% merino wool, the sweater has inviting texture courtesy of the racking stitch construction and ribbing at the cuffs, collar, and hem. The mid-weight feel of the sweater makes it suitable as a standalone piece for autumn weather or the perfect midlayer in winter. Paired with the Merino tee and field jacket, you have the perfect layering system for almost any adventure! With Merino’s awesome performance features including temperature regulation, odor resistance, and moisture wicking, this sweater-Henley hybrid brings chic functionality to your wardrobe too.
A great pair of jeans is a wardrobe staple and the Democratic Jean definitely delivers on style, durability, and comfort. We’re particularly digging the Sawyer Wash Organic Selvage for its vintage vibes and lived-in feel but there are several excellent options to choose from to suit your personal tastes and fit preferences. Hard wearing, and quick to break in, these jeans are a pair you can rely on for any task. Details such as map print pocketing and custom YKK hardware give these jeans an elevated look and feel, while the range of handsome and hard-wearing material choices ensure that each pair will keep going strong and look even better with wear. There are two cuts from Taylor Stitch, the Democratic that we tested is a classic, looser style, but there’s also a slim if you prefer your jeans tapered, too.
Effortlessly classy and capable in all the elements, the Lined Watts Jacket lets you step out in confidence no matter what the weather has in store. The Watts is a wonderful halfway piece between overshirt and jacket. It features a 7 oz. dry-waxed organic cotton shell for protection from rain and snow, while the herringbone texture offers an understated elegance. The 12 oz. Sherpa lining uses a blend of acrylic, polyester, and recycled polyester to create soft and cozy warmth that’s perfect for cooler days and nights. A variety of thoughtful features take this jacket to the next level, including a snap flap chest pocket, dual hand-warmer pockets with concealed snaps, and snap tabs at the back to adjust the fit around the waist. The jacket also features a two-way zipper and antique brass eyelets at the armpits, making it easy to ventilate if you’re getting toasty on the move; while the front storm flap helps keep the elements at bay. This is the type of jacket that will get better and better the more you wear it, and trust us, you’ll want to be wearing it often!
Taking inspiration from military silhouettes, the Field Jacket is built to handle whatever the weather can throw at you. It’s made with a 9 oz. 100% organic cotton waxed canvas custom-developed with Halley Stevensons (who happen to be one of favourite heritage fabric manufacturers).
Complementing the cotton waxed canvas is an organic cotton twill lining and organic cotton corduroy detailing at the cuffs and collar. The two-way zipper is an absolute must on a field jacket, and it is protected by a storm flap, while five pockets provide flexible options for stashing EDC or outdoor essentials and keeping your hands protected in inclement weather. The two bellow pockets on the waist are large enough to store most handheld items such as wallets, cameras, phones, gloves, hats, or whatever else you may find yourself needing while out and about.
Tough, dependable, and timeless, the Field Jacket brings excellent functionality to your wardrobe in a piece that will embrace adventures for many years to come. The Field Jacket is the epitome of Taylor Stitch’s design philosophy, taking iconic pieces from our wardrobes and making subtle updates that fit the day-to-day of the modern man.
The utility of a tool bag with the refinement of a weekender? Not an easy balance to get right, but Taylor Stitch nails it with their Utility Bag. Built for weekend adventures away, the bag features a burly blend of 16 oz. cotton canvas and leather that will take travel scuffs in their stride and look even better with use.
While this bag is tough, it isn’t stiff, and this accentuates a great carrying experience. It’s a pleasure to carry in hand or on your shoulder, and the leather detailing has already begun to soften up on our version – we can only imagine how great it’s going to look after more years on the road.
The bag does a solid job on the organization front too, offering plenty of pockets both internally and externally while still retaining an uncluttered feel. Add in the flexible design that can handle large loads at the office just as well as travel gear and you get a great all-rounder that will lend itself to a wide variety of day-to-day and travel adventures.
Taylor Stitch are a brand who focus on creating excellent products and manufacturing them sustainably. Their style is timeless and they listen to their audience, you can always find special items in their workshop section (where you can help fund new product designs at a discount), and as you can see from our selection here, their staples are impeccable too. If you’re looking for clothing and accessories that are timeless but stylish, thoughtfully made, and excellent value for money, then Taylor Stitch is a brand worth supporting.