Shirting is one of Robin Saidman’s passions. Carrie Ann Salvi
Duck and Weave, a specialized clothing boutique in Sag Harbor, is like a bright closet filled with dozens of copies of the same shirt in an array of colors and patterns.
“We make shirts,” said its owner, Robert Saidman, “and they are without comparison.”
The shop, tucked in the sun-filled Shopping Cove off Main Street, offers men’s and women’s button-down shirts — the Murph’s shirt for him, the Sagaponack for her — in a crinkled, lightweight, 97-percent cotton fabric imported from Japan, with pewter buttons. They are made in New York.
The shirts, which sell for $185, come with or without a pocket in plaid, solids, stripes, or checks. They are sold wholesale, online, and elsewhere locally at Gloria Jewel’s in Bridgehampton, Amagansett, or Westhampton Beach, and at Rube in Amagansett Square. Mr. Saidman said they can be worn wide open or buttoned and with sleeves rolled up or rolled down, but should never be tucked in.
The former photojournalist traveled internationally, which inspired not only his love of shirting, but an Organic Philosophy line, sewn by those in indigenous communities in Africa and Asia, with organic cotton, natural dyes, and eco-friendly practices. Pictures of the project are displayed on the shop’s walls.
He funds projects in Mali and Senegal, where organic cotton is grown in villages, but the quality of the material is suitable only for home decor and cushions at this time, he said.
Shoulder bags, a new arrival in the boutique, may be made in Senegal next year, he said. The unisex bags can fit an iPad, cellphone, writing instruments, and wallet. Banana Republic has been ordering them 500 at a time, he said.
Duck and Weave is also expanding its merchandise slightly to offer short, cotton boxers, made by a designer friend of his with a high-quality Italian fabric, as well as shimmery skinny jeans, yoga pants, jewelry, and belts.