Wear the shirt RM wore
RM Williams was never without his uniform – a light blue Grazier Shirt, five-pocket moleskins, plaited belt, Craftsman boots and a proper hat. It’s as close to a national dress that Australia has.
STORY by Terri Cowley
The thick woven sky-blue cotton shirt is timelessly stylish and still forms part of our core collection of men’s clothing. Our Grazier Shirt has been made in Australia since the 1950s.
In response to the colonial bush experience, Australian dress developed by stockmen and diggers had a preference for tough cotton drill. With two large, practical chest pockets, double-stitched seams and an extra long tail to ensure the shirt won’t come untucked when you’re bending over, the Grazier Shirt has always been practical as well as durable. There’s a gusset in the back for extra freedom of movement and collar stays to keep things neat. It’s available with either short or long sleeves.
At R.M.Williams we believe that shirts should not only look good, but also that every manufacturing detail should be there for a purpose.
A sense of Australian lifestyle can be found in the history of R.M.Williams. The label was founded in 1932 by RM, who had been a bushman, camel-boy, drover, horseman, businessman and, of course, a grazier.
An R.M.Williams catalogue from the 1950s proudly displays the Grazier Shirt that RM wore on every occasion: “Looks just right whether for work, saleyard or casual occasion. A medium-weight open-weave all-cotton cloth … will withstand hard wash and wear. The two shoulder epaulettes add a smart touch. $8.00.”
In the 1990s our catalogues were still proudly selling Grazier shirts, touting the benefits of superior cottons. “One piece collar is fully fused with collar stiffeners, which combine to give a neat set,” it says. “Classic lapel looks good with a tie or open necked. Button lockstitched – you can’t pull them off. Stylish body gives room for action.”
Today our Grazier Shirts are lovingly made in our Adelaide workshop to the same exacting standards they always have been – smart enough to wear out and strong enough to work in.