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Innovation

Mastery of our Craft

Since our founding in 1993, we have tirelessly engineered higher standards of shirtmaking.
Our full name, Maker's Shirt Kamakura, honors our relationship with skilled Japanese craftsmen.
We are proud to bring the efforts of our work here to the states.
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Expert Construction

Our shirts are sewn carefully in Japanese workshops, one stitch at a time. Though the process is time consuming, single stitch construction allows for a more streamlined, comfortable shirt featuring expertly hand-rolled seams, a process that drastically affects the quality of a shirt both inside and out. We firmly believe in the merit of soft, natural cotton; only our specialty one-piece collars utilize fusible interlining. All other shirts we offer use a meticulously sewn interlining.
Our standard shirt collection reflects our core standards and sensibilities while providing a solid backbone to the every day working wardrobe.

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PALPA® Wrinkle Resistance

PALPA® is a material developed in collaboration with UNITIKA, a Japanese textile manufacturer at the helm of technical fabric innovation. Many retailers flaunt the idea of a "non-iron" shirt, and we also admit that the idea is tempting. More often than not, though, these non-iron shirts are coated with a layer of chemicals to prevent wrinkles from occurring. With washing, wearing, and age, we know how these shirts are known to degrade in value and softness, and sought an alternate route. PALPA is a unique cotton/polyester blend, where the harsher polyester is completely encased in a cotton yarn. The final product is a comfortable shirt with a core wrinkle-resistant fiber that doesn't even touch the skin,and has no risk of degrading over time like chemically treated shirts.

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Natural ball of cotton

Premium Fabric

What constitutes a high quality fabric? Two terms apply: thread count and ply. Ply refers to the amount of yarns used to make a thread. Thread count refers to the resulting amount of threads used in the weaving of any given fabric. As the thread count grows, the threads become thinner, and the final weave develops a more compact and lustrous texture. We aim to raise the bar, collaborating with state-of-the-art factories to innovate delicate, high-density fabrics. In the case of the 150 thread count Suvin Gold, the very cotton we source is the first batch of hand-picked Indian cotton, resulting in a luxuriously soft fabric.
Our premium fabric collections span the 200, 300, 400, and Suvin Gold shirts.

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Shuttle loom in motion

Selvedge

Selvedge(a portmanteau of self and edge) is a fabric produced on an old shuttle loom, woven into itself to keep from unraveling at the edge. These looms of yesteryear feature a shuttle that moves from side to side through the yarn, sparking like a rocket as it weaves the fabric. There was a time when fabric was commonly made in this manner, but were eventually phased out by much larger, efficient machines that could produce a higher volume of fabric more quickly. These modern weaving machines, however, are unable to achieve the unique puff of fabric visible in selvedge. While many mills have discarded or decommissioned any shuttle looms that could be left, certain Japanese mills have acquired these elusive relics. The mark of selvedge cloth can be found in a red line running along the edge of the fabric, which we proudly feature in our selvedge oxford shirts.

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Hand working selvedge denim on a shuttle loom

Japanese Denim

In the same vein as oxford selvedge, denim (especially selvedge denim) production has wound down universally. Most jeans and denim shirts on the market today are made with budget composite materials and poor construction, all to keep costs down. Mastery of this essential workwear textile has fallen into the hands of but a few mills determined to preserve the iconic legacy of quality denim. Many of these mills are concentrated in Okayama, Japan. The epicenter of modern denim production, mills such as Kaihara Denim use both old and state of the art machinery to manufacture the finest denim and chambray in the world.

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