How We Make Our Clothes

Fabrics

We start with fabrics that are beautiful, but also feel great, are easy to care for, are versatile, and last.

QUALITY

Our fabrics are made by some of the most renowned mills in Europe, whose multi-decades of experience and dedication to doing things the right way result in superior textiles. All of our mills are part of the Better Cotton Initiative.

All of our fabrics are natural, breathable, soft, shape retentive, color-fast, and free of harmful chemicals like formaldehyde or ammonia. And they are never see through.

EASY CARE

Our fabrics are machine- and hand- washable and quick drying (most will air dry in under 1.5 hours). This reduces the energy needed to launder, eliminates the financial and environmental impacts of dry cleaning, and means that you can wash and quickly dry your clothes almost anywhere.

VERSATILE

Our core collection features classic hues that are suitable for year-round wear and work with what’s already in your closet. Our limited-edition fabrics and patterns are more seasonal, but always classic and sophisticated.

Want to see the fabric in person? Request a complimentary fabric swatch here.

 

Fit

We pay attention to five points of fit so that each silhouette will comfortably take you from dawn to dusk and pair with everything from shorts to suiting. Making it easier for you to get — and stay — well-dressed no matter what your day holds.

SLEEVE LENGTH

We design sleeves to flatter and allow for comfortable movement and minimal fuss. We believe in seeing your watch, bending your arms, and avoiding sleeves in your dishwater...without having to roll (and re-roll) cuffs all day.

ARM OPENING

Cut for air flow, but structured enough to fit under a blazer or sweater. And never any pinching in the armpits.

BACK WIDTH

Whether we use a bias cut to add stretch without adding volume, a rounder cut to keep fabric away from the body, or a fabric with natural stretch, our goal is to have you reaching all day with ease.

HIP WIDTH

We utilize side vents, curved front hemlines and curved side seams to provide movement in the hips (and avoid the “faux roll” in the stomach area) while remaining tailored.

BODY LENGTH

Graduated front-to-back lengths keep things structured in front and longer in back so you can reach up and bend down with coverage while still remaining tailored. 

 

Production

Our emphasis is on craftsmanship and respect.

CRAFTSMANSHIP

We partner with pattern makers experienced in both haute couture and high-end ready-to-wear lines to ensure the details are both luxurious and hardworking. We partner with factories and mills who are committed to the preservation, practice, and building of their crafts.

MADE IN THE U.S.

Each of our shirts is designed in Virginia, patterned in North Carolina, and cut and sewn in New York's famed Garment District.

SMALL-BATCH PRODUCTION

We produce our shirts in small runs. This is a mutually-beneficial arrangement—our order sizes respect the factory's production capacity and ensure we do not produce more than we can sell. 

This makes our product more expensive, but it is how we feel right about doing business.

A NOTE ABOUT PRODUCTION DURING COVID-19

We honored all of our production orders during COVID-19 and have paid/continue to pay all of our bills to the mills, factory, and our partners on time and in full. 

 

Current Efforts to Reduce Waste

The following are efforts we have made in our first six months in business. These efforts make our product more expensive, but it is how we feel right about doing business.

We are committed to listening, learning, and continually improving. We'd love to hear what's important to you—please reach out to us at hello@fieldtripbrand.com or you can contact our founder directly at dominique@fieldtripbrand.com.

SMALL-BATCH PRODUCTION

We produce our shirts in small runs. This is a mutually-beneficial arrangement for us and the factory—our order sizes respect their production capacity and ensure we do not produce more than we can sell.

REDUCING FABRIC WASTE

We purchase fabric in small amounts. Although this affects our economies of scale—and thus our prices—this helps to reduce potential fabric waste. We aim to use no more than we can sell.

We proactively seek to limit waste in production by laying out the pattern markers in the most efficient way possible.

A portion of our excess fabric is made into fabric samples available for our customers. Remaining fabric scraps are recycled in partnership with Material Return, a North Carolina textile recycling company. 

ENERGY-SAVING RECOMMENDED FABRIC CARE

Our fabrics are machine- and hand- washable and quick drying (most will air dry in under 1.5 hours). This reduces the energy needed to launder, eliminates the financial and environmental impacts of dry cleaning, and means that you can wash and quickly dry your clothes almost anywhere.

RECYCLED, REUSABLE, AND RECYCLABLE PACKAGING

We ship our shirts in 100% recycled poly mailers from Eco Enclose. These packages have two adhesive strips so they can be reused for product returns, or they can be recycled again.