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With an innovative twist, the Zip Fit shirt creates a clean, athletic fit without making you feel like you're busting out of your shirt
With an innovative twist, the Zip Fit shirt creates a clean, athletic fit without making you feel like you're busting out of your shirt
With an innovative twist, the Zip Fit shirt creates a clean, athletic fit without making you feel like you're busting out of your shirt
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The Zip Fit Shirt - The Best Fitted Shirt on the Planet

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"Men, your life is just about to get more convenient." -- Blue Perk 

"Every so often, a brand rises to the top that delivers a brand new concept for men's fashion. The shirting brand Teddy Stratford might be on the cusp of one such breakthrough."-- Details 

"In addition to implementing that magic-making zipper, they thought to further improve the dime-a-dozen menswear staple with other patent-pending finishes, such as a special collar engineered to stay up right."-- Blackbook Magazine

"Not only is this an extremely beautiful and handmade garment, but the fit is also unmatched"-- The Box (Official magazine of Crossfit)

"I can honestly say that this shirt fits like nothing I’ve previously bought. The fit is incredibly good, it fits like a really good fitted T-Shirt which is something I’ve never previously experienced with a shirt, even a fitted style. It makes me wonder why this has not been thought of before."--Michael84.co.uk

After speaking to some close friends, running numbers, and negotiating pricing we realized we could logistically fulfill one of our goals as a company: To give something back to the community.

If we raise $85k we will be able to give a new school shirt to every student at the Harlem Democracy Prep Elementary and Middle Schools. Plain and simple.  

In the words of Executive Director (and friend/fellow hockey player) Steve Cunning: "The mission of Harlem Prep is to educate responsible citizen-scholars for success in the college of their choice and a life of active citizenship. Over 80% of Harlem Prep's 650 scholars qualify for free or reduced price lunch. 100% are black or Latino and 100% are college bound"

Please see our updates for more info or click the image below.

For our $60K Stretch Goal we want to do something really special.  So on hitting $60K, all backers at the two shirt or higher level will automatically be part of....

 As a member you will be able to purchase Teddy Stratford shirts for yourself (& your friends) for discount price of $95 for the next two years. 

This would be an awesome way to reward the Kickstarters who got behind us. This is something big and we know we can pull it off. You can find out more perks and info about the Founders Club in our updates section HERE

It was our best selling shirt until it was GONE.  But we got to wondering if maybe there wasn't some still buried at the warehouse.....Well, after a lot of digging, we have the swatches in hand and it is confirmed available.

Check out our update for more info HERE

Due to popular demand we will be expanding our size run to include XS and XXL sizes.

You can find our new sizing chart on our main Kickstarter page and some measuring tips in our FAQ.

Most men’s shirts are too baggy, but fitted shirts, because they fit closer, tend to pull open around the buttons, making you look and feel like an overstuffed sausage. The Zip Fit shirt by Teddy Stratford solves this problem by placing a zipper behind the placket, enabling men to wear better fitting shirts without experiencing the “Bratwurst Effect.” Whether you’re in tip-top shape or could stand to lose a few pounds, the result is a slim, athletic fit that is unmatched by traditional men’s button downs. (And don't worry, there is a placket behind the zipper that prevents inadvertent manscaping.)

"I put the shirt on. I zip it up. I like it. You’ll like it too. And if you don’t like it…well, then it’s probably because you don’t care about how shirts are supposed to fit…or maybe you don’t own a pair of pants, so why even invest in a good shirt? I can understand that."--Bryan Paulk, Writer

Differentiating the shirt even further is a patent-pending solution to another problem that we call the “John Travolta Collar”--the gradual spreading open of a shirt collar, which, if left unchecked, leads to the wearer looking like a 70’s fashion victim.

Using a standard collar stay, we created an interlocking system that keeps the collar upright by anchoring it to the collar stand. For those who prefer the disco look or want to wear a tie with their shirt, the collar can be worn traditionally, and the stay is removable for laundering.

"The Teddy Stratford is the only shirt that has ever fit me the way a shirt should fit. Wide enough in the shoulders and zero extra material around the waist. Every time I zip it up it fits perfectly and looks great untucked, which is essential when I need to dress up my mountain attire." - Billy O'Donnell, Pro Skier. Founder: RIDGE Mountain Academy

  • Shaped like an athlete so that everybody looks like one.

    Since well before the Renaissance, heroes and athletes have been depicted with wide shoulders tapering to a slim waist in a v-shape. With this in mind, we found the ideal ratio between a guy's shoulders, chest, waist and hips and applied it to the innovative Zip Fit design. The result is a shirt that fits athletic guys like it was custom made for them but also lends that shape to slimmer guys and guys who could stand to lose a few pounds.

  • Premium Tailoring with the Best Materials on the Planet. While we believe that we have developed the best fitted shirt on the market, our mission doesn't stop at fit. Superior quality is also a guiding principle.  We use shirting fabric from one of the top mills in Europe and stitch everything together using single-needle tailoring and flat-felled seams, which are more durable than the seams used on most shirts on the market. 
  • Handmade in the Garment District of NYC.  In 1960, 95% of clothing sold in the U.S. was manufactured in the New York Garment District, now that number has decreased to approximately 3%.  But when you’re a small operation like we are, the best way to ensure the highest quality craftsmanship is to keep it close to home. That’s why Teddy Stratford shirts are cut, sewn, and finished around the corner from where we work and live, in the New York City Garment District. Producing our shirts in New York City costs almost five times as much as producing the same thing overseas--but it's worth it.
Carl Goldberg
Carl Goldberg
  • Quality Control. Teddy Stratford’s Master Shirtmaker, Carl Goldberg, has been making custom-tailored men’s shirts in New York City for over thirty years. He inspects each shirt before it leaves the shop to ensure that it meets Teddy Stratford’s rigorous standards. 
  • Patent Pending. The Zip Fit shirt has two patents pending for its innovation. Right now, it can't be purchased anywhere in the world other than Kickstarter.
  • Sold Direct to You. A shirt made in NYC of this quality would cost over $200 in a department store or at an online retailer.  Add a brand name, and it would cost close to $300.  The nature of Kickstarter's platform allows us to sell it straight to you for our wholesale price plus shipping and handling. 

"I love the fit and style of the Teddy Stratford shirt and being in the fashion business over 20 years I know quality. Teddy Stratford is a beautifully curated line of mens tailored shirts with an ideal fit for any physique." - D'Angelo Thompson, Make Up Artist

When company founder Bryan Davis was pulled over for speeding in Bangkok, he noticed that the police officer's shirt fit him exceptionally well. After slipping the officer some cash for the location of the Royal Thai Police’s tailor, Bryan set off to have a uniform made. At the tailor he discovered the secret to the shirt’s fit: it zipped instead of buttoning, creating a closer fitting shirt without pulling open around the buttons. Bryan took the shirt back to NYC where he partnered with master shirt maker Carl Goldberg (CEGO Custom Shirts), founded Teddy Stratford, and worked with his team to develop the Zip Fit™ shirt, perfecting what he originally discovered on a policeman’s back in Bangkok. 

"I don't normally wear shirts. But this is not a normal shirt." - Idriss Nouar, Web Developer

  •  Single Needle Stitching 
  •  Soft Canvas Interlining     
  •  Sturdy Flat-felled Seams
  •  Superfine 100/2 x80/2 100% Cotton Fabric        
  •  Unbreakable Custom-Engraved Buttons    
  •  Durable Locker Loop for Hanging     
  •  Premium Gunmetal Zipper

Small adjustments can make all the difference in the world when it comes to how a shirt feels on you.  This is something that men know and we strive to deliver that feel in every Teddy Stratford shirt we make. 

Fabrics in order:  Red Royal  -  Indigo Blue  -  Metal Gray     -     Black Twill    -    White Twill    -    Lt. Blue Twill
Fabrics in order: Red Royal - Indigo Blue - Metal Gray - Black Twill - White Twill - Lt. Blue Twill
  • Our 100% cotton twill looks exceptionally rich, with a soft and supple yet durable texture.
  • Our superfine 100% cotton oxford looks great off the rack or off the floor. Photos don’t do the incredible depth of the fabric justice. Look like a million bucks without trying.

 Size Chart:

 Needing tips on how to take proper measurements? Check out our FAQ.

Many thanks to our creative friends who helped us with the campaign: Video by Adam Sabh with contributions by Leighton Pope, Music by Graham Wheeler, Animation by Garth Beams, Still photography by Marc at Studio Scrivo.  If you would like to contact any one of them, please reach out to us and we would be happy to make an introduction.

Risks and challenges

Our fabric, lining, zipper, button, and label sources are ready to rock and roll. Our pattern has been tweaked, optimized and graded. Our factory is on board and we have made several samples with them to assure that their quality standards match our own. However, fashion production has many moving parts and steps along the way that need to be coordinated to assure timely delivery. The main obstacle we could run into is a manufacturing delay, but we think that this is unlikely since we have projected a February delivery date (which should give us plenty of time). Challenges can always arise, but we think we're prepared to handle whatever they might be.

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FAQ

  • No, not unless you want it to be. There are working buttons on the placket above and below the zipper and when they are buttoned, the zipper is completely concealed.

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  • Not at all. The tailor that I met did not invent the shirt. In fact, after discovering the zipper in Bangkok and doing some research, it appears that many police and security shirts around the world utilize the same concealed zipper. However, it has never been done on dress or casual, non-uniform shirts before which is why we (and probably you) have never seen it before.

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  • At the conclusion of the campaign we will be sending out a "survey" and you can select them then. We will be giving more information on sizing and offering some more detailed guidance on sizing at that time.

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  • They are not. Our fabrics are 100% cotton and not treated with chemicals to make them wrinkle free. However, they are very high quality and 2 ply with a high thread count. Because of this they will wrinkle less than the average twill or oxford.

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  • Yes, women can wear this shirt. The best way to determine your size is to look at the chest measurement and fit it to your bust size. However, because the shirt is not a women's shirt, it will look like you are wearing a man's shirt- albeit and damn nice one. Because of the reaction to the shirt by our female friends and other people on Kickstarter, we see a real need in the market and will be launching a women's line in 2015. Please stay tuned.

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  • Here are some simple pointers for properly taking your measurements to refer to our sizing chart.

    NECK: Measure the neck circumference where a standard button type collar might be fastened

    CHEST: Measure the chest circumference at the fullest point keeping the tape horizontal around the body.

    WAIST: Measure the waist circumference at the smallest part of the waist, often at or above the belly button, keeping the tape horizontal around the body.

    HIP: Measure the hip circumference at the fullest part of the seat, keeping the tape horizontal around the body.

    SLEEVE: Measure the distance from the prominent bone at center back neck, across the shoulder, over the bent elbow to the center of the wrist bone.

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    Thank you so much for your support! You will receive a personal thank you note as well as a custom Teddy Stratford luggage tag for wherever your travels take you.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL:
    One authentic Zip Fit shirt hand made in NYC in any of our twill or regular oxford colors. Retail value of $185. $10 S/H in USA or $30 to Rest of World.

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    LIMITED EDITION:
    Red Royal Oxford Zip Fit shirt (as seen in our video). Hand made in NYC. This is a unique color in an especially fine fabric of limited availability. $10 S/H in USA or $30 to Rest of World.

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    Two authentic Zip Fit shirts hand made in NYC in any of our twill or regular oxford colors. Retail value of $370.

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    Three authentic Zip Fit shirts hand made in NYC in any of our twill or regular oxford colors. Retail value of $555. $20 S/H in USA or $40 to Rest of World.

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    All six Zip Fit shirts (including the Red Royal Oxford) hand made in NYC. Retail value of $1,125. $40 S/H in USA or $60 to Rest of World.

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