Words by Caleb Bushner. Photos by Gregor Hochmuth.
Like many great brands, Taylor Stitch was founded as a solution to a problem. Co-founders Mike Maher, Barrett Purdum and Mike Armenta launched the company after observing that, despite having average builds, they were unable to find quality shirts that fit. Maher explains, “Barrett’s dad would always bring custom shirts back from business trips and we became enamored by the color, pattern and the fact that they actually fit. It was a revelation: shirts that fit.” Using Barrett’s father’s revelatory shirting as their guide, the trio set out for Hong Kong in search of a shirtmaker that could produce top-notch goods that matched their high standards. “We looked around but were just …over it. The manufacturing was terrible. Conditions were awful. We simply couldn’t make our shirts there.”