Kamakura recently unveiled a new unlined OCBD called the Sport model. Here’s the description:
The traditional button-down shirts of America from the 1960s captured the hearts of so many in the past. Now, those button-downs have been reproduced using all the techniques available to Kamakura Shirts.
It is said that the button-down shirt was born because polo players attached buttons to their collars in an attempt to prevent the collars from flapping while playing the sport. As this new line of button-down shirts are casual in nature, the new collection is called “SPORT”.
While recreating the fine details from the past, the fit and body are identical to the current “Manhattan Model” available at Kamakura Shirts. The SPORT line is a hybrid of nostalgia and modernity.
SPORT, a new collection of button-down shirts from Kamakura, is finally here after a year of careful research and painstaking corrections. We believe that this is what button-down enthusiasts around the world has been waiting for.
Is this what you’ve been waiting for? Only you can answer that question. I’m wearing one right now, and I can say it’s exceptionally comfortable. I don’t normally think of comfort and really only notice if a shirt feels uncomfortable for some reason. But I’m sitting here typing away and can barely feel the shirt on me. The sleeves are the right length (despite conversion from the metric system) and aren’t riding up. The fabric is a very lightweight oxford, so good for those in warmer climes or who enjoy wearing oxfords year-round.
The collar is a bit shorter, so may hold appeal to guys who like to channel the heyday and who like their lapels and ties in the three-inch range.
Now don’t ask me about collar roll, as I’ve learned that it’s a very much your-mileage-may-vary issue. I’ve been informed by octogenarian shirt expert Tom Davis that my neck is long and slender and that shirts tend to ride low, which makes them not roll particularly well. However, my other Kamakura shirts with the engineered roll flare out just fine, more so than this shirt. But that may change with some washings and wearings.