Columbiaknit, based in Portland, Ore., is, to my knowledge, the leading domestic manufacturer of classic rugby shirts. In anticipation of her imminent return to school, I picked one up for Frannie, at a very reasonable price. The women’s rugby shirts appear to be produced under the Metroknit label.
They put just about any other rugby shirt I’ve ever seen to complete shame. The cotton is wonderfully soft and sumptuously thick, and the shirt sports the rubber buttons that are the hallmark of classic rugby wear.
Unlike Columbiaknit’s Breton shirts, their rugby shirts are very generously cut. Frannie normally wears a medium in a shirt, but she easily could have gotten away with a women’s small. However, a medium will give her more options for layering.