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We make great men's dress shirts using premium organic cotton, thoughtful design, and expert New England craftsmanship.
Building A Better Dress Shirt - Organic Cotton, Italian Fabric, & New England Craftsmanship
Building A Better Dress Shirt - Organic Cotton, Italian Fabric, & New England Craftsmanship
255 backers pledged $30,267 to help bring this project to life.

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OUR SHIRTS

We’ve thoughtfully reimagined the dress shirt from the ground up:

  • Slid the second button slightly higher to ensure the collar stays upright under a sport coat with or without a tie
  • Adjusted the hem so that it’ll stay nicely tucked-in for work but will look equally good with a pair of jeans
  • Used a superb trim fit that is both flattering and comfortable
  • Because doing good should be fun, we added a signature green cross stitch to our buttons as a subtle reminder of what we stand for and why we’re doing this in the first place

We believe that if you’re going to do something it’s worth doing it right:

  • We've invested in premium materials, from the finest Italian organic fabrics to premium corozo buttons
  • We've partnered with one of the world’s best shirt factories to ensure that each shirt we put our label on lives up to the most stringent standards
  • From single needle stitching to the quality of our interfacing, everything has been thought through well in advance

OUR STORY

We started as a young couple with a simple desire to find quality clothing that was fun, fit well, and whose origins we knew something about. The reason was simple. Every time we pulled something off the rack we found ourselves having the same frustrated conversation: why could we find organic and eco-friendly alternatives in almost every other industry — from Method soap to Honest Tea — yet had so few options when it came to our clothing? Curious by nature, we started asking questions, and what we discovered wasn’t pretty.

“Fast fashion” — the business of producing clothing quickly and cheaply — relies on chasing cheap labor around the globe and using subpar materials. And it’s not only that, the way clothing is made is an environmental mess. One of the industry’s mainstay materials — cotton — is a far cry from “natural” and is one of the most chemical intensive crops in the world. In addition to the commonly used toxic dyes, many shirts are treated with a formaldehyde resin — a known carcinogen — to make them non-iron before being shipped off to customers. When you add it all up, the textile and apparel industry has the second largest environmental impact of any in the world, second only to oil and gas!

Clearly there has to be a better way. We created this company with a simple goal: to build the highest-quality clothing that could actually make a difference in the world. After calling nearly 300 suppliers, we sourced organic fabric from one of Italy’s best broadwoven mills. We worked with second and third generation garment makers in Fall River, Massachusetts to refine our pattern and ensure the quality of every product we put our label on. You'll look great in our shirts, and you'll feel good knowing it was sustainably produced with uncompromising craftsmanship.

MISSION

That’s what we were told the first time we asked suppliers about using organic cotton, which is grown and processed without pesticides and other harmful toxins. In a literal sense they were perfectly right — we weren't, in fact, planning on eating our shirts — but we felt that it missed the larger point. So we built our own supply chain with partners who were willing to go the extra mile to do things the right way. While we are just getting started, below are a few of the ways we do things differently.

Quality: We are first and foremost focused on producing great products, and it’s not just a matter of pride: well-designed, long-lasting clothes can be worn for years to come, giving our customers the value they deserve. 

Environment: From our premium organic fabrics and corozo buttons to the interfacing that lines our cuffs and collars, we've found that many of the best materials are also the most environmentally friendly. 

People: There are many people involved in bringing clothing from “dirt to shirt.” We chose — deliberately — to work with suppliers who embrace fair labor practices and safe working conditions. 

Transparency: Curious about where things come from? Take a look around our supply chain map to learn more about the making of our shirts: http://www.tuckerman.co/our-shirts/#transparency

Benefit Corporation: We're a benefit corporation, a new kind of company that allows us to write our environmental and social goals into our legal charter. You can learn more about benefit corporations here: http://benefitcorp.net/

Rewards

Shirt Colors

Purchasing fabric generally requires large minimum orders, particularly when mills are weaving specialty fabrics as they are with our organics. Because of this we are opening up our color options as we hit our goals and we’ll be doing so in the following order:

Shirt Sizing

Our Other Rewards: Pocket Squares & Bamboo Collar Stays

Note: If you want to give any of the following as a holiday present, we’ll give you a great card that you can send while we are hard at work making a shirt for the lucky recipient.

Why Pledge? 

We've worked hard to line up our fabric and our factory and do all of the little myriad things needed to get Tuckerman going — but you’re the one who can make this happen.

Why do it? Because you love a great shirt. Because you are sick of buying clothes that fall apart and supporting brands that don’t seem to care. Because you love knowing where things come from and how they’re made. Because you’d rather get a little more shirt than subsidize an outsized advertising budget. Because you think that a lot of small things can add up to a big difference. Because you prefer quality over quantity. Because you know that while businesses and companies aren’t perfect, you still think they ought to try and make the world a better place. Because you love the idea of betting on a small, passionate team with big dreams.

Risks and challenges

We’ve worked closely with our factory to schedule production and our fabric mill is standing by ready to start weaving. While producing anything with a global supply chain is a challenge and there are unknowns, our pledge is this: we will work our hardest to deliver you a great product and keep you updated on our progress along the way.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Thanks so much for your support! You’ll get a thank you note from us and your name listed on our website as one of the original backers. You’ll also get a set of bamboo collar stays to keep your shirt collars looking good. This pledge gets us $5 closer to making great shirts that also make the world a better place!

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    A classy pocket square made from our premium organic cotton fabric. Wear it with pride knowing that you’re supporting the cause and looking great doing it. We’ll throw in a pair of our bamboo collar stays as well.

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    Pledge $110 or more About $110

    You’re the proud owner of one of the world’s best shirts. Made with 100% premium organic cotton, woven at one of the finest mills in Italy, and made right here in New England. A set of bamboo collar stays are included, of course. You’re going to look great and you’ve saved more than half a pound of chemicals from being used in the process. We can’t wait to get you your shirt!

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    Pledge $210 or more About $210

    When it comes to great shirts, two is better than one. Keep them both for yourself or give one as a gift to a lucky friend. Collar stays included.

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    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    Three shirts and three sets of stays will get you most of the way through the week. Thanks so much for your support of Tuckerman & Co!

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    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    We’ll give you 3 shirts, 3 sets of collar stays, 3 pocket squares, and best of all we’ll name our next shirt after you*. We really consider you a key backer of Tuckerman and can’t wait to pick your brain for advice. If at all possible we’d like to try to meet in person to hear your thoughts or at the very least talk by phone about where you think Tuckerman should go. You’ll be a key part of helping us get rolling and off the ground!
    *Just about the only caveat here is if your name happens to be inappropriate or the same as an evil dictator or something. In that case, we'll work with you to come up with something good.

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Funding period

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