Japan 1932 Rugby
Super heavyweight (400g / 14 oz.) 1932 Japan striped rugby jersey featuring an embroidered cherry blossom motif on the left chest. Handmade in Europe from 100% cotton and knit in the traditional 12-gauge style on vintage looms. Stunning material and craftsmanship. Feels incredible.
Rugby collar. Three-button placket. Gorgeous 1x1 rib-knit cuffs. 100% cotton. Made in Portugal.
Care instructions: Machine wash inside-out in cold water. Do not tumble dry. Do not iron buttons.
This rugby runs true-to-size (men's sizing).
The rugby shirt, to us, is a perfect garment: versatile, durable and eminently wearable, blending elements of sporting history with bold, colorful designs. That’s why our rugbies — made from 100% cotton and knit in the traditional 12-gauge style on vintage looms in Portugal — were some of the first pieces we ever made, and today, they still represent a core part of our ever-evolving identity.
According to legend, the game of rugby originated at Rugby School in Warwickshire, England during a football match in 1823, when one of the players caught the ball and simply ran with it in his arms to the opposing goal. And although its rules evolved significantly in the following years (first being passed orally from one class of students to the next before finally being codified by the school’s headmaster in 1845), one element of the game has remained essentially unchanged: the titular shirt, a heavyweight, long-sleeved cotton top with a contrasting collar and bold colors and stripes designed for easy legibility on the pitch.
Since those first few scrums, the rugby shirt has become a mainstay in global fashion, adopted by everyone from sports fans and university students to visionary cultural icons like David Hockney, Mick Jagger and Tupac Shakur.