The Sleep Shirt

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As old or traditional as they may be, some styles never grow tired. Central Saint Martins College MA in fashion design alumnus Alexandra Suhner Isenberg found a distraction from her studies when she came upon a 19th century chemise at vintage menswear stall in Spitalfield’s Market, London. So in love with the smock, she bought it, brought it home, washed and wore it, and was sawing logs in no time. Using the softest 100-per-cent cotton fabric, Isenberg is now reproducing the garment with a Canadian shirt maker who assembles the half placket, collarless tops by hand. The Sleep Shirt comes in one shape, one size and two choices of length—short or long. Hello, comfort. Goodbye, counting sheep.

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September 24, 2012