Sliding Scale: Denim Western Shirts

Welcome to the sixth installment of Sliding Scale, a series in which we bring you a single product for every budget. This month we’re rounding up Denim Western Shirts. Thrown over a tee for an easy summer look, or casually dressed up with a soft-shouldered blazer and tie, a good denim western is as versatile as it gets, and a great addition to any warm weather wardrobe. Here are our nine responsibly-made favorites.
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Seven Questions: Victor Athletics

Victor Athletics wants to save the American garment industry. And they just might do it. Founded by the creators of the artisan jean label Noble Denim, Victor is as much a clothing company as it is a vessel for change. The brand is driven by two goals: to make American-made goods more affordable, and to help domestic manufacturers recover from decades of outsourcing-induced decline. To achieve these ends, Victor is offering a range of vintage-inspired, organic cotton basics, all of which are made in the USA out of American materials, and sold directly to the consumer without a middleman mark-up. And, they’re reinvesting 5% of their after-tax profits back into their factories, so that the factories can recoup, rebuild, restaff, and, ultimately, thrive once again.

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