May
5
2010
By
The Staff
of Valet.
 
  • Originally, rules were agreed upon before each game, like Calvin Ball, until 1870.

$36, by Columbiaknit

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 Even if you've never scored a try, a rugby shirt is an excellent addition to your spring/summer lineup—filling the gap between a polo shirt and your closet full of button-downs. Our pick? Portland, OR-based clothier Columbiaknit. The original suppliers of rugby shirts to Lands' End and L.L. Bean, Columbiaknit has been churning out American-made clothes since 1921. Today, they sell direct from their website and produce private label goods for some of your favorite brands (sorry, we can't say who). Since their Rugby shirts are actually built for the pitch, they sport functional details like gussets under the arms, rubber buttons and narrow collars that stand up for themselves, unlike most wimpy polos. We appreciate the added character and authenticity but whatever you do, don't baby a Columbiaknit rugby. Go beat the heck out of them, they'll look better for it. - Jon Gaffney

 

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