COWBOY WESTERN SHIRT
Style 1 - 1940s
100% Rayon Gabardine
|MORNING SILK, BLACK
w/ COPPER BROWN TRIM
These matchless fancy
Cowboy Shirts of 1930s-40s lineage in Long and Short Sleeve always amaze. They're simply
unavailable elsewhere at any price. And given the detail and painstakingly accurate
materials, they're reasonably priced. Ralph Lauren was once quoted as saying that the
reason he became a designer was to make the shirts that Randolph Scott wore in the
movies. We understood completely. For those of us who grew up on great westerns --
River, The Dark Command, Western Union
-- and on Roy Rogers and Gene Autry hokum
-- in the best sense -- the classic movie cowboy shirts hold dear places in our collective memory, creating a mythic
past that never existed but should have. See, in fact, Roy Rogers' 1945
Don't Fence Me In, where the
hero wears a virtually identical shirt.
Your mood will change
whenever you put on one of these remarkable shirts. Past and present will link up again,
if for a little while -- the rupture of past and future denies us peace and a measure of
happiness, stranding us in a waiting room present. The dilemma of the modern? (The
post moderns -- Generation X -- aren't even alive ... walking zombies in thrift shop 70s
nerd knits and those egregious wool condoms on their heads (when emasculated one
unconsciously favors the missing "head," like one who's lost a limb!).
These Shirts are made, of
course, of Rayon Gabardine,
with yards of intricate Antique Pale Ale Rayon braiding. What's Rayon Gabardine?
Rayon is called the first synthetic but actually extruded cellulose, wood pulp,
chemically processed to render an extraordinarily soft, draping fabric of
elegant, silken hand in ultra-fine gabardine weave with, however, plenty of
body. It's not a skimpy, thin textile. Excellent, sturdy weight. No cotton of
similar weight has the same drape and shape. Rayon became the fabric of choice
in the 1930s-50s for both men's and women's clothing until pure synthetics like
Nylon (another great fabric), then awful plastic polyesters, proved much more
care-friendly when suburban, newly middle-class America all bought washing
machines and the dreadful casualizing of American dress and culture began. These
Western masterpieces, however, should be dry-cleaned, just like the best dress
Horsehide pocket tips,
Rau pearl snaps.
In a variety of Solid and
combinations. (Depending on availability.) (XS-XXL).
0053 VINTAGE COWBOY
Cowboy Shirt: Black, Navy, Red, Gray, Burgundy, Cream
Black/Red, Red/Black, Navy/Red, Red/Navy
Burgundy/Gray, Navy/Cream, etc.
0053 Solid or Two-Two Tone Cowboy Shirt
Black, Dark Copper,
Pearl White, Gray, Pale Honey
Heavyweight Silk Satin
0053 Two-Tone Cowboy Shirt
Trim: Black/Oak, Navy/Oak, Red/Black, Gray/Black
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