We are The New England Shirt Co. factory who has handcrafted men’s and women's dress shirts and sport shirts since 1933, making it the oldest operating ready-to-wear shirt manufacturer in America.
In 1933, the New England Shirt Co. factory began production in Fall River, Massachusetts’s historic Flint Mills, part of the National Register of Historic Places.
This granite vestige of American industry anchors us to the local tradition of craftsmanship from which we arose. From the early 1800s, Fall River was the largest cotton textile center in the United States. Hundreds of spinning mills emerged, harnessing the waterpower of the coursing Quequechan, the city's eponym, meaning 'Falling River' in the local Wampanoag language.
After nearly two centuries of thriving trade and prosperity, the textile mills all but caved under the weight of foreign competition and offshore production. Outlasting the shuttered and abandoned shadows of industry along the river, New England Shirt Co. has remained in continuous operation for over 80 years. Today, our artisans continue the American legacy established by generations prior, using traditional construction and technique to create honest, timeless clothing born of the human touch.
I am extremely proud of our team of women and men who cut, sew, press, and ship these precious products. We are sincerely grateful for your support for American manufacturing. Thank you for exploring our world.
Robert Kidder, Owner