The Rite Stuff Heracles Shirt – Red Chambray


The Rite Stuff Heracles Shirt is based on the style of scalloped yoke work shirts that first appeared in 1912 in Chicago and soon spread to workers across America who desired a smart, durable, and versatile work shirt. Made in Japan by John Lofgren & Co.

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The Rite Stuff Heracles Shirt, the titan of work shirts, has returned with a new name, new details, and is now better than ever. Based on the style of scalloped yoke chambray work shirts that first appeared in 1912 in Chicago and soon spread to workers across America who desired a smart, durable, and versatile work shirt, the Heracles sits at the top of the heap.

The Heracles features scalloped shoulder yokes and a deep, scalloped back yoke for extra durability. Ventilation holes line the underarms and back to let your body breathe in warm conditions. The chin strap allows for a cleaner, neater appearance when buttoning the shirt up.

Speaking of buttoning up, the Heracles features reproduction 1920s-style painted metal cat’s eye buttons that are made in Japan, are unbreakable, and will patina with wear.

The double-row-stitched pencil pocket can hold a pencil or pen, a tire pressure gauge, and even modern smoking accoutrement. The button-through chest pockets are bar-tacked for strength.

The sleeve plackets feature a one-piece design, strengthened with bartacks, that is tear-proof.

No more blown-out elbows thanks to the double layer of fabric at the elbow that runs down to the wrist. All main seams are triple chain-stitched for extra durability as well.

Rounding out the Heracles are selvedge gussets, chain stitch runoff, and a garment workers’ tag with my name on it. It’s my guarantee to you that all The Rite Stuff items are ethically made.

And as always, the Heracles shirt is made in Japan with John Lofgren & Co. to John’s exacting level of quality and fair treatment of workers at every step of the way.

Key Features of The Rite Stuff Heracles Shirt

  • One wash; expect little to no shrinkage
  • 5 oz. selvedge chambray, 100% cotton, milled in Japan
  • Unbleached ecru stitching, 100% cotton, made in Japan
  • Scalloped shoulder yokes and back yoke
  • Ventilation holes at the underarms and back
  • Painted metal cat’s eye buttons, made in Japan
  • Chinstrap
  • Triple chain-stitched along all major seams
  • Selvedge gussets
  • One-piece sleeve cuffs
  • Chainstitch runoff
  • Cotton tags, made and printed in Japan
  • Made in Japan

Small, Medium, Large, XL




Japanese Chambray




The Rite Stuff Heracles Shirts have been washed once, so expect no further shrinkage. For those who bought the original Heracles, the new model has refined sizing. Please see the measurements below.

If you have any questions you can contact us at [email protected].

Size Guide



The Rite Stuff Heracles Shirt is tough and durable so doesn’t need any specific care. It has been washed once so expect very little or no further shrinkage. Wash when needed on 30 degrees.

Shipping & Returns

We want shopping with Those That Know to be easy. To make sure you’re completely satisfied with your experience with us we have a simple Shipping & Returns process.


We use Royal Mail to ship orders. We charge a flat rate shipping cost per order based on your location. This is:

  • UK – £3.55 (Delivery in 48 hours)
  • Europe – £4.80 (Delivery in 3-5 working days)
  • Rest of World – from £6.50 (Delivery in 6-7 working days)

You can find out more about our shipping methods and international zones on our shipping page.


We’re happy to accept return or exchange of orders in new and unworn condition with original packaging within 14 days of receipt. To return your order, please contact us first on [email protected].

For more information about the process, see our returns page.