Interested in Taylor Stitch? Here’s everything you need to know about the internet-famous brand’s classic design and durable construction.
Over the past decade or so, digital native menswear brands have shaken up the whole men’s clothing scene.
We think this is for the better — because even though it can take some trial and error to find the right fit when you’re ordering online, these direct-to-consumer sales have opened up a whole new range of possibilities for brands and designers to sell their highest-quality wares at fair prices.
And when we think of online-born menswear brands, Taylor Stitch is always one of the first to come to mind.
Recently, we got in touch with the brand to put together a comprehensive review, including three items: A pair of their ever-popular jeans, a heritage-quality overshirt, and a brand-new waxed jacket.
In this Taylor Stitch review, we’ll share our thoughts on each of those items individually, as well as give some context for the brand as a whole.
About Taylor Stitch
One of the most endearing things about Taylor Stitch is how transparent the brand’s three founders are about their company — from their initial struggles to their biggest successes, and how to keep making the best quality clothes possible even as the brand has grown bigger and bigger.
Founded in 2008 in an apartment on the corner of Taylor and Clay Streets in San Francisco, Taylor Stitch started with one thing in mind: Making the best custom-made button-down shirt possible.
Hundreds of measurements taken and design choices made over the next two years led to their first big success — their Oxford shirt — which they sold in pop-up shops around the city for years.
Now getting well into their prime, Taylor Stitch has continued to commit themselves to making the best heritage-quality clothing possible by partnering with experienced manufacturers around the world.
And while the majority of their stock isn’t made in the USA anymore, the consensus around the web is that the quality is still there in all of their essentials.
For reference, I’m 6’3″ with arms that are much longer than they rightfully should be. That makes getting exact sizes for tops difficult for me, but I generally start with a large and then adjust from there.
I weigh around 190 pounds with an off-season athlete’s build, and I usually wear size 34 pants.
What We Tried
For this review, we wanted to get the fullest sense possible of the Taylor Stitch brand — what they’re best at, what they’re known for, and where their style is headed in the future.
Let’s get into the details of each one in turn.
The Yosemite Shirt
The Yosemite Shirt is one of Taylor Stitch’s longest-running pieces — and as such, it’s also one of their most dialed-in designs.
Made from a nine-ounce 100% organic cotton flannel chamois, it’s both rugged and comfortable. The sturdy medium-weight fabric feels great as an outer layer on the first chilly days of fall but works equally well as a mid-layer when the temperatures drop further.
We especially appreciate the cut and fit of the Yosemite Shirt. It’s made with a tailored fit and high armhole, as well as a shorter tail length which means it’s meant to be worn untucked.
Altogether that makes it a handsome layer to throw on anytime, whether you’re headed out to a coffee shop or taking a hike in the woods.
Overall, we’re exceptionally satisfied with this shirt. It seems to be getting softer with each wear, and the construction is durable enough to last for a very long time.
The Democratic Jean in Sawyer Wash Organic Selvage
Selvage (or selvedge) denim has an almost cult-like status in the jeans world for a good reason: It’s a higher quality fabric overall that breaks in beautifully over time, but it’s harder to produce.
That makes selvage a more expensive option too — as evidenced by the price tag on Taylor Stitch’s Democratic Jean — but if you’re in the market for a great-looking and extra-durable pair of jeans, these are an excellent choice.
Made from a medium-weight 13-ounce organic cotton denim, the Democratic Jeans are meant for year-round wear. They’re designed with a good amount of room around the hips and groin, with handsome tailoring through the legs.
Just one caveat here: Though the Democratic jeans are available in waist sizes from 28 to 38, they all come with a 34-inch inseam. If you’re a smaller guy, that means you’ll either be cuffing these (which they admittedly pull off very well) or getting them hemmed at a tailor’s.
The Bomber Jacket in Bark Everwax
This particular iteration of the Taylor Stitch’s Bomber Jacket is a new addition to their lineup — but it’s still made with a super classic style and fit.
A medium-weight nine-ounce organic cotton exterior combines nicely with a five-ounce organic cotton lining to make this jacket fully prepared for fall and winter temperatures. But the real magic here is the Everwax treatment.
As opposed to standard waxed canvas, Everwax uses a proprietary blend of plant-based waxes and oils to create not just a particularly rain-proof jacket, but also one that has a natural matte finish that will patina beautifully over time.
We found the fit for the Bomber Jacket to be right on point, from the overall dimensions to the lay of the sleeves and the tautness of the cuffs and hem. Even in just wearing it for a month or so, it’s already begun to take on a gorgeous and unique color.
Review: Taylor Stitch Pros and Cons
There’s no doubt that Taylor Stitch’s entire lineup of clothes has a lot going for it.
They offer an excellent combination of style and durability, all with a classic look and feel that’s easy to pair with just about anything in your wardrobe.
And because they’ve been in business as an online retailer for quite some time, their product selection and customer service are on point.
We only see two real ‘cons’ of the brand. First, their clothes are fairly expensive; not luxury clothing expensive, but definitely on the higher end of casual clothes.
That makes sense given their quality, but it’s still an important consideration. And second, finding the exact right fit for the item you want might be a bit of a challenge — especially if you’re a smaller guy.
Frequently Asked Questions
And before we wrap things up, here are a few Taylor Stitch questions we’ve heard guys asking online.
Who Owns Taylor Stitch?
Mike Maher is the original and ongoing co-founder and CEO of Taylor Stitch.
Does Taylor Stitch Clothing Run Small?
Taylor Stitch’s sizing depends on the item you’re looking at, but their fits generally run quite tailored and trim-fitting.
How Do Taylor Stitch Pants Fit?
Most of Taylor Stitch’s jeans are made with a tailored fit, but their lounge pants have a more generous cut and fit.
Overall, Taylor Stitch is definitely The Modest Man-approved. They’re making some seriously good-looking and long-lasting clothes.
Taylor Stitch is always coming out with new options through their Workshop, where you can get a significant discount by signing up as part of a crowdfunding campaign for their next big releases.
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