Blue & Cream Horizontal Stripe Short Sleeve Shirt - Ronald
Made in the USA: Blade + Blue shirts are made in limited runs here in the USA. I work with master craftsmen whose family has been making shirts since the 1950's.
It starts with the fabric: Blade + Blue sources premium Japanese fabrics from some of the finest textile mills in the world.
Then the details: Blade + Blue is small, so each shirt gets plenty of attention in the design & manufacturing process. I like to focus on the small things that make a big difference; like finding unique buttons or selecting the thread color that best complements each fabric. My favorite feature on the Ronald is the convertible short sleeve:
You have the choice to have your short sleeves rolled up or down, depending on your style. Each sleeve has a tab which can be buttoned on the outside or tucked in and buttoned on the inside. Button it on the outside and roll the short sleeves up 1950's style. Or button it on the inside and roll your sleeves down for a little more coverage. Either way, you will look great.
And the fit: I set out to create a shirt that was comfortable and flattering. I was tired of feeling stuffed into the skinny fits and then frumpy in all the boxy fits. The Blade + Blue cut was designed to provide room for comfort in key areas like the chest and shoulders but slightly nipped at the waist for a clean look. The lengths of Blade + Blue shirts were also designed to make you to look great tucked in or out.
Ronald Horizontal Stripe: Oh, there is a special place in my heart for Ronald. Why? Because, when this fabric was first made, I'm not going to lie - Ronald had some haters!
But I said, just wait until you see what I do with it.
For starters, I cut the fabric so that the stripe pattern moved horizontally = BIG DIFFERENCE. Then I added chambray to the collar, pocket and sleeve tab. And VOILA - a stunner of a shirt. I got the last laugh after all.
Ronald is composed of 2 layers of 100% gauzy cotton fused together by a blind stitch. It is striped on the outside and solid cream on the inside. And my god, it is SO INCREDIBLY SOFT. He is trimmed with white marbled buttons and navy herringbone tape.
Ronald Isley, Musician
Ron Swanson, Fictional Character
Ronald Benitez, Thank you for being such an important supporter of Blade + Blue.