Taylor Stitch Review: Favorite Picks From The Rugged San Francisco-Based Brand (& Why We Love Them)

by Beau Hayhoe  |  in Casual Style

We admire brands at Effortless Gent that are a one-stop shop for modern essentials for every type of guy. That’s probably why we admire Taylor Stitch, purveyors of both menswear classics and fresh, modern style staples.

You might have heard of the brand, since they seem to be everywhere and yet… they’re still run by a small, dedicated team. Based out of San Francisco, Taylor Stitch has been a smash hit since the brand first launched more than a decade ago.

To know a brand, it helps to consider its specialties. What’s the Taylor Stitch specialty? A little bit of everything, but not in a way that compromises quality.

man wearing white jeans and a light blue jacket leaning against an old ford suv
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About Taylor Stitch

Think of the building blocks of your Lean Wardrobe: Oxford shirting, chinos, denim, quality knitwear, rugged outerwear. Taylor Stitch does all of this, and then some, but they started with a heavy focus on shirting that carries through to this day. 

Any Taylor Stitch review has got to cover a wide range of gear, though. That’s great news for all of us. 

Taylor stitch does it differently 

Taylor Stitch does a little bit of everything. But even better? They also do it differently than nearly, well, any other brand.

Step inside the Taylor Stitch Workshop, a fan favorite: The brand offers the chance to crowdfund all manner of pieces. Yup, this even includes signature styles and new launches.

No matter what you buy, you save around 20 percent by funding in advance, no matter what. Then, be patient: You’ll wait about three months to get your gear.

However, the brand also stocks plenty of classics and current favorites for immediate purchase.

Whether you want to plan ahead for the next season or are alright with waiting a bit longer to get a new color of a quality classic (like an Oxford shirt), it’s an innovative model that makes a ton of sense. 

The crowdfunding aspect means the brand only produces what’s been ordered, making it much more eco-conscious.

Sustainability is also at the heart of the Taylor Stitch brand. Its gear is built to last, not to be replaced every season.

The San Francisco-based brand also is “committed to using recycled and regenerative fibers wherever possible.” Plus, they also use both organic cotton and upcycled/recycled materials, especially in their rugged knitwear.

Every base is covered from A-to-Z, and that’s an understatement. 

Here are some of our Taylor Stitch favorites.

The Best Essentials to Buy Now from Taylor Stitch 

  1. Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt in White Everyday Oxford

    This one is an iconic style that helped start it all for the brand. This Oxford shirt is trim but not overly tight, made to be worn tucked in or untucked. It also features a pleasantly sized collar with a slight roll. It’s the Oxford shirt every guy needs.

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  2. Taylor Stitch Workhorse Jacket

    Head to the Taylor Stitch Workshop nice and early to snag a pre-order edition of the brand’s durable take on a classic workwear jacket. As with all things in the Workshop, the hardest part will be waiting to get your own.

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  3. Taylor Stitch Slim Chinos in Organic British Khaki

    Talk about the right blend of style (a classic pair of trim chinos) and sustainability (via the organic cotton construction). These are a perfect pairing alongside your new Taylor Stitch Oxford shirt, or really, any other item in your wardrobe (even a T-shirt). On that note …

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  4. Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Tee

    Upcycled cotton and recycled polyester are two keys that elevate this hard-wearing T-shirt above the rest of the market in an eco-friendly way. This tee is sturdy and substantial, and a nice match if you want to wear it day in and day out with durable Taylor Stitch denim.

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  5. Taylor Stitch Suede Ranch Boots

    Fully lined with soft natural pigskin and featuring an absurdly comfortable foam insole, The Ranch Boot offers some exceptional, sneaker-like comfort right out of the box, and it’ll only get better with wear. -Taylor Stitch

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  6. Taylor Stitch Slim Jeans in Organic Selvage

    Taylor Stitch denim is yet another area in which the brand has nailed both the fit (think slim-straight, like the old Levi’s 513) and construction. It’s hefty at 13 ounces, but not insanely heavy like other types of denim. The medium rise is also just-right in terms of comfort.

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  7. Taylor Stitch Long Haul Jacket

    The Long Haul Jacket is another Taylor Stitch fan favorite. It’s the brand’s take on a trucker jacket, available in an array of cool-as-can-be fabrics (including a rich cotton indigo sashiko). Get one for every season, seeing as you can also snag it in a dependable waxed cotton.

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  8. Taylor Stitch Apres Shorts in Olive Pin Dot

    Looking to keep things breezy and comfortable? These drawstring waistband shorts harness the expert Taylor Stitch attention to detail in matters of fabric (a washed organic cotton) and wearability. Another great alternative to the Apres Shorts would be the Taylor Stitch Easy Shorts. Team either pair with a Taylor Stitch polo or Oxford shirt.

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  9. Taylor Stitch Short-Sleeve Jack Shirt

    The Jack Shirt loses some fabric for the warmer months in this short-sleeve take on the timeless style. This is nothing like Dwight Schrute’s short-sleeve buttondown shirts. Plant-based fibers blend with cotton to give this shirt a light and breezy finish

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  10. Taylor Stitch California Shirt in Washed Indigo Crepe

    The California Shirt is another much-loved TS model. It’s the definition of a perfect casual shirt, built with a substantial collar that looks great when worn sans tie, untucked. Plus, the indigo crepe fabric is distinctive and eye-catching.

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  11. Taylor Stitch Slim All-Day Pants

    Want pants that toe the line between denim and chinos, but offer the comfort of jeans and the styling potential of the aforementioned chinos? You want the aptly named All-Day Pants, built with rustic selvedge chino twill in a midweight 8oz. Construction.

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  12. Taylor Stitch Band Collar Moto Jacket

    The moto jacket gets a revamp that perfectly showcases what the brand is all about, from the rich Espresso Steerhide leather to the fact that TS teamed up with a fellow San Fran favorite, the iconic jacket maker Golden Bear.

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Here’s What Else We Love About Taylor Stitch

The list really does go on and on when it comes to a brand that’s become a modern favorite for guys.

The Workshop offers up new and increasingly inventive styles that fit right in with today’s trends without going over the top. A huge bonus if you ask us!

The brand also does a great job at unearthing hidden gems and then reinterpreting them for the modern man (see the Band Collar Moto Jacket, for starters).

It goes without saying that the rest of the brand’s line is packed with standouts for daily wear. It’s also hard not to love the use of organic cotton and upcycled materials, which come to life in seemingly straightforward style staples like chinos and T-shirts.

As with all great brands, you can also get dressed from head-to-toe in TS gear without missing a beat (the brand even makes merino socks and underwear).

Whether you want a badass leather moto jacket or a refined Oxford to wear to the office, TS is quite simply the way to go. Your new wardrobe staples await.

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