The Inspiration Behind The Quincy Shirt

Modern architecture and design has always been a huge source of inspiration for us, and with our latest shirts we wanted to pay hommage to mid-century modern design.
There’s just something about the way practitioners like the Eameses, Eichler and Neutra went about framing space or simply designing a dining room chair. They never sacrificed utility, simplicity or livability for the sake of aesthetics. They were honest about the process and used materials that reflected that honesty. We took the same approach to building a shirt and named it in honor of one of the often overlooked architects of that period, A. Quincy Jones.
Schneidman House 1946-50, Photography: Jason Schmidt
These architects and designers celebrated readily available materials like wood, stone, glass, concrete and plywood, pushing the manufacturing processes that were revolutionary at the time. The results were design classics that stand the test of time.They let the materials do the talking, not the filigree. In this regard they also allowed the underlying structure of the buildings to carry an aesthetic load, not simply a physical one.
Exposed timber framing and natural stone chimneys became the foundation of their designs, thus enabling a building’s engineering to become the architectural centerpiece rather than something to be covered up and hidden by decorative panels or drywall.



We wanted to take the same approach to building a shirt. By highlighting structural elements like bar tacks and side gussets with contrasting thread, we allow the shirt’s construction techniques to become design elements.  
We then selected a striking dark cotton chambray that is woven with two separate yarns, each dyed a different color before weaving in order to yield a fabric with just the right amount of natural color and texture variance - not unlike the vintage barkcloth that Charles and Ray Eames covered so many of their mid-century sofas with. 

Buttons are matte aluminum rather than plastic or fake pearl – another reflection of the mid-century design philosophy – always use real materials and let them do the talking.