Original Button-Down dark indigo
Worn here with our Biasha Palazzo Pants.
Also looks great with our Water Master Pants.
Layer it with My Favorite Shirt.
This button-down shirt was the challenge that started the collection. Would it be possible to turn to make a shirt entirely from scratch?
What did people do before the invention of the button-hole machine? Before plastic and metal buttons? How would we make these in a forest where neither existed?
Credit goes to the artisans for pulling off their embroidery skills and hand-stitching buttonholes that look like they came from a Saville Row suit. Traditional hand-knot buttons made from fabric cording fit perfectly through the button-holes.
A relaxed fit with dropped shoulders, the wide shirt is cropped for high-waisted pants, and looks great half-tucked in the front for that effortless "Je ne sais quoi" look. Cozy hand-sewn french seams follow the curves of the body.
The fabric selvedge runs down the front of the button placket to remind you that it's the real handwoven stuff.
Dyed in natural indigo six times over two weeks to achieve a deep saturation. As an herbal medicine, indigo is a natural antiseptic and cooling on the skin. Farmers wear indigo-dyed clothing in the fields because it repels insects and mosquitos.
The original prototype was made for a Smithsonian exhibition and took two years to perfect.