Samuel Zelig is a brand to watch out for, featuring inspired riffs on workwear and sportswear classics that drip with personality - from every fabric to each individual embellishment. Either thanks to or in spite of their maximalist design, SZ pieces play well with others, blending extremely well with both the vintage styles that inspired them and more the more contemporary pieces they evoke.
Primarily focused on knitwear, SZ produce "Uniform" style basics with extensive customization and personality, with each patch or embroidery designed in-house for each specific garment. Thanks to their unique design and shocking versatility, Samuel Zelig pieces have become a staple around our shops, easily worn as statement pieces or intermediate layers without ever feeling out of place.
Based on vintage knitwear from the years around the great depression, the Ritual Crewneck features patches and embroidery that evokes the renaissance (I'm not an art history guy, I don't know). Samuel Zelig themselves claim that the design was inspired by band tees from the 80s and 90s that would incorporate Victorian imagery and illustrations - to properly create the black and white embroidery effect, twelve different tones of gray thread were used.
It's made from a 15oz, 100% cotton french terry cloth from Japan that's been given a vintage wash to prematurely patina the fabric and manage all shrinkage. Following that, it's given a custom finishing dye that mimics the effect of sun fading at the surface of the fabric. The collar, hem, and cuffs feature a 1x1 rib knit for extra security, with v-knit inserts at the front and back of the collar for extra ventilation and moisture-wicking.
The construction is solid, from the inset raglan sleeves to the double-needle coverstitched seams - it's built to last a long time. The inside of the knit is unbrushed, giving it a more dry and airy hand that is more suitable for year-round wear.
These run large - go true to size for a more relaxed fit, or size down for a more standard one. Wash cold and lay flat to dry.
- 100% cotton
- 15oz heavyweight French terry cloth milled in Japan
- Chainstitch embroidery
- 1x1 rib knit at cuffs, collar, and hem
- V-knit collar inserts
- Set in raglan sleeve construction
- Double needle coverstitch seam construction
- Rinsed for shrinkage
- Wash cold and dry flat
- Custom woven label
- Made in Los Angeles, California