Traveler (PALPA®) - Easy Care Dress Shirts for those on the go
We took the finest materials from around the world to create the best easy-care dress shirts that boast the perfect shade of white, gloss, fabric tension and feeling against the skin. The thread used for these unique dress shirts is “PALPA® Premium”, a type of polyester thread coated in cotton. It is the polyester of the PALPA® Premium that helps create our very own wrinkle-resistant dress shirts.
Carefully selected raw cotton
Because the cotton exterior touches skin directly, we were especially carefully in choosing raw cotton that would serve a functional purpose while remaining comfortable against the skin. The cotton used is a blend; it has been blended to balance the supple, luxurious texture of Indian cotton with the bright, glossiness of Australian cotton. It took many attempts to reach the perfect ratio, the perfect blend of these two world-class cottons.
The fruit of Unitika's technological endeavors
Unitika, a spinning mill based in Japan, possesses one of the highest levels of spinning technologies in the world. In collaboration with Kamakura Shirts, Unitika created a “two layer structure yarn” that promises the fast-drying properties of cotton as well as wrinkle resistance expected of a wash-and-wear shirt. The internal polyester layer is covered completely in cotton. The technology used here is called “compact spinning”, and this process also limits unwanted floss to a minimum.
The wrinkle-resistant essence of our TRAVELER shirts was achieved by passing polyester through cotton. Our aim was to collaborate with Unitika to make a shirt that would change the way people saw wrinkle-free shirts. It needed to be fashionable. It needed to be comfortable. What we have created is a unique dress shirt that requires very little ironing. Just wash at home and hang to dry on a clothing hanger. Make sure to stretch the fabric as you leave it to dry so that ironing is virtually redundant.
To create a traditional feel, the curve of the collar pattern has been reduced. The new pattern employs a lowered neckline to create a relaxed look when the collar is opened.
Compared to the slim fit, the sleeves and body have been kept spacious. By preserving the size of the back panel, together with bringing the side seams forward, we have incorporated the essential ideas of traditional British and American tailoring.
The special characteristic of our model is its sleeves that naturally point forward. The curve of the sleeve has been tailored to match that of the jacket, which in turn means the cuff of the shirt sleeve and the jacket are parallel.
To preserve a traditional look, the shirt has a wider front and sleeve plackets, and also features a wider stitch width in comparison to the Slim Fits. The sleeve plackets employ double stitches to keep this taste. Inspired by the Ivy League style, only the yoke has been narrowed.
The pocket has been placed slightly slanted on the shirt so that it will appear straight when worn. As an added Ivy Look detail, the stitch on the pocket is straight. (*Button-down shirts only.)