HOW Do We Do It?

by Beth Donovan


There are SO many steps that go into the making of a Kitsbow Icon Shirt. Ever wonder how we do it? Here the key steps to making an Icon in our Old Fort factory.

Start with Pendleton® wool.
The comfort, durability, and classic ombre fade of Pendleton® wool is without rival. For the Icon Shirt, it has been our fabric of choice since the beginning.

Sew front placket and set snaps.
Sewing the front placket is the first step in sewing an Icon. Like some vintage work shirts, our Icons use a two-needle chainstitch for the upper placket, a small but important detail not found on many shirts today.

Set pockets and pocket flaps.
We’ve learned that positioning and shaping the pockets is critical to the quality of the shirt. Which is why don’t leave it to chance. Instead, we use a proprietary, Kitsbow-designed, set of jigs and machines to sew the pockets perfectly, every time.

Complete lining and mesh assembly.
An Icon is unlike any other wool shirt because it expands and moves so well in the shoulders. Accomplishing this requires a sophisticated stretch mesh assembly that moves independently to the outer shirt.

Back vent and attach sleeves.
Another feature that supports the freedom of movement is the expandable back-of-shoulder vents. Great care is taken by our makers in constructing the back vents ensuring that the vents move freely, though are secure when stretched fully.

Set cuffs and snaps.
Like the pockets, setting the cuffs and the snaps are an important detail. To set the snaps precisely, we’ve developed a laser-aided attachment to our snap setting machine.

Attach collar with zig-zag detail.
The collar and the collar stand are unique to the Icon as well. The zig-zag topstitch detail adds structure to the collar stand, and the added Schoeller® technical fabric adds softness and durability to high wear areas.

Quality Check Folded and done!