We’ve recently partnered with New England Shirt Company and spoke with founder Robert Kidder about how the industry has changed over the past 75 years. They still make every shirt from start to finish in Fall River, Massachusetts.
What makes your shirts different than others out there?
First of all, quality. We are a single-needle factory. And our attention to detail. So many shirts are made according to customers’ particular interest so you can get the shirt the way you want it. We really make the shirt to order.
Why do you think you’ve been able to withstand the industry?
Because of the things that set us apart. We deliver a nice product and we deliver quickly with customer’s specifications.
Most popular shirt style?
The modeling is changing a lot, I’m probably a classic button- down person myself. Your business is reflective of that change. There is classic L.L.Bean and then the younger Signature line. We love what we see with the younger business— young people getting excited about products made in America.
What’s your favorite spot in Maine?
I love all of Maine and I’m about to make a trip to Portland. While in Maine I’m visiting three great museums: Portland Museum of Art, the Farnsworth Museum and the Bowdoin Museum of Art.