Inspired by the likes of Joan Didion and Steve Jobs, designer Alice Wang decided to simplify her lifestyle and adopt a daily uniform consisting of simple white shirts.
UNIFORME was created with the intention to inspire others to adopt the the uniform dressing and consumption more typical to menswear: to make well-considered purchases based on the design, materials, construction and longevity of a garment.
UNIFORME was created for the woman who values beauty, simplicity, and integrity. We created refined, tailored garments executed to standards of true luxury.
By eliminating the retail mark-up, we are able to price luxury garments 60-70% lower than the traditional retail price.
The fabrics include luxury shirting from Alumo (Switzerland), fine suiting from Holland & Sherry (Great Britain) as well as a small-batch organic linen from Germany and a luminous bleached linen twill from Belgium. The garments are manufactured in New York City's garment district.
The debut UNIFORME shirt collection is cut and sewn in NYC. The shirts are made up of Giza 45 oxford cloth woven by renowned Swiss shirting mill Alumo.
Giza 45 cotton is the highest quality of Egyptian cotton.
Egyptian cotton has long been recognized as synonymous with quality. Giza cotton is grown along the Nile River, land prized for growing high quality, long staple cotton. The fibers are harvested by hand to ensure that the cotton is harvested at the peak of growth and to avoid the damage that machine blades cause to the fibers. The cotton is then hand combed and sorted through to control the quality of the fibers, which are then graded according to length, diameter, uniformity and strength.
Based on these measurements, the fibers are then classified into 6 classes of long staple (Giza 86, 89 and 90) and extra-long staple (Giza 87, 88, 45) cotton.
Giza 45 is the finest grade in the classification system. As a result, it creates an incredibly durable, lustrous and silky fiber. Due to the high quality, the labor involved as well as the limited availability (Giza 45 cotton makes up 0.4% of annual Egyptian cotton output), raw Giza 45 cotton fiber is priced about five times the average cost of Egyptian cotton.
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Alumo is respected by top bespoke tailors as the finest luxury shirting mill in the world. Alumo is certified by Oeko-Tex 100 and Oeko-Tex 1000 standards in safety and environmental impact, respectively. The finest cotton fibers are spun, twisted, dyed, and woven in Alumo's state of the art facilities in Appenzell, Switzerland. The resulting fabrics are consistently exceptional - and machine washable!
UNIFORME garments are developed, sampled and produced in small quantities in New York City. Each shirt is finished beautifully inside and out, with french seams and painstaking edgestitching.
UNIFORME is committed to designing garments with silhouettes, fabric and construction that will stand the test of time. We promise to continually educate ourselves on sustainable production, and to encourage our customers to invest in fewer, high quality and ethically produced pieces without sacrificing aesthetics.