In 1932, Max Gitman left New York and opened the Ashland Shirt & Pajama Company in the coal mining town of Ashland, Pennsylvania. With his two sons, Alfred & Sheldon, he ran the factory as a contract shop up until 1978 when the Gitman Bros. brand was born.
Today, Gitman Bros. is one of the last remaining American shirt makers with all manufacturing still based in the USA. While our methods have evolved with the times, the trademark aspects of our production remain. Our shirts are made by workers who have been sewing clothing for generations and bring all their history and skill to each individual garment they make.
Gitman Vintage, a division of Gitman Bros., is a curated shirt collection that pays tribute to its heritage, but with a distinct difference. Each season, we dust off the old line books to create an authentic interpretation of the past by appropriating our favorite fabrics and having them remade.
Each of our shirts is made with the utmost attention to detail using time-tested methods of construction and finishing. More than 80 minutes and 50 steps go into the creation of a shirt, which is made from 25 separate pieces.
Using the knowledge and experience we’ve gained throughout our history, we’ve updated the fit for a more contemporary silhouette. With a trim body, higher armhole and narrower sleeve, it’s neither super-slim nor crazy boxy. In other words, it fits just right.
Our classic oxfords feature a three-inch button down collar with single breast pocket and incorporate retro details like original chalk buttons, locker loops and double-track stitching.
We've created our shirts with the wearer in mind, to strike a healthy balance between comfort and durability. Many of the shirts we sell today have been part of the Gitman range since the very beginning and, just like us, they only get better with age.
Nestled among the foothills of the Appalachians, the town of Ashland is now a sleepy remnant of the mining and industrial boom that once characterized the area. Much has changed since Max Gitman first moved here in the 1930s, but our factory still remains.
Blending old world technique and new world automation, our production methods have evolved with the advent of new technology but our focus on wearability and durability is still at the forefront of everything we do. Many of our sewers are third and fourth generation shirt makers and their collective expertise is always our most valuable asset.
From the early hours of the day, the factory floor is abuzz with the continuous hum of sewing machines as a colorful medley of fabric moves from the cutting tables through to the various stages of production before taking its final form as a finely crafted shirt.