The US Navy adopted Denim and chambray as their work uniform in the early 20th century. The US Navy needed a uniform which was suitable for most climates and gave the wearer protection from work environment as well as offer good breathability. Therefore they introduced the chambray shirt. Chambray as a fabric has been used for several centuries already and the properties were well known. It was rugged and hard wearing on the one side and breathable on the other side. Different and fast changing temperatures on and under deck could make sailors sweat fast. Chambray has the ability to transport moisture away from the body. So it was very much favored by sailors.
Original USN Chambray shirts were available in long and short arm versions. Again depending on the regions ships and sailors were deployed. Some original shirts have a USN stenciling and the wearers name on the back.
For our reproduction we decided to use the most common pattern with two front pockets and the typical cat eye buttons. The chambray we have used for this special series is woven in Japan on vintage shuttle looks. So all shirts have the selvage edge at the bottom of the shirt marking it a true piece of workwear.