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New England Shirt Co.

Established: 2010  |  Country of Origin: USA

Founded in December 2010, the New England Shirt Company is located in the famed former Alden Street Shelburne Shirt factory building. The factory is one of the last remaining of its type in the United States. Skilled seamstresses expertly craft a carefully curated collection of men’s and women’s dress and sport shirts, trousers, vests, and neck-wear.

The label’s founder, Robert Kidder, is an industry veteran with tours of duty at high-end menswear brands like Hart Schaffner Marx. He was an executive at the company that owned the mill when it was decided that the factory would be closed down in 2009. That was when Kidder, who has as much respect and affection for the fine craft of shirt making as he does for the factory in which it takes place, decided to launch his own line and reopen the mill. The shirts themselves are made in two fits, classic and trim. They’ve been washed for softness and the collars come in a few different styles, from classic button-downs and club collars to an interesting take on the cutaway. “It’s all single needle shirting,” says Kidder. “A slightly modern version of classic American style—it’s not fussy.”