The Zip Fit Difference

The Zip Fit shirt was created to address three common problems with button downs:

#1: The Bratwurst Effect

In 2020 the traditional baggy button down is a non-option. Fitted shirts are a vast improvement, but present an entirely new problem: because they fit closer to the body, they tend to pull open around the buttons, making you look like an overstuffed sausage. We call this The Bratwurst Effect. The Zip Fit shirt (US Patent no. USD775,457 S) solves this problem by placing a zipper behind the placket.   

US patent no. US D775,457 S - Worldwide patents pending


#2: The Athlete's Dilemma 

Most shirt brands cater to as many body types as possible, leaving athletically built guys in limbo.  Because they are bigger across the chest and slimmer in the waist, their shirts will either fit perfectly in the chest but be too baggy in the waist or will fit in the waist, but stretch too tight across the chest.

To address this dilemma we studied the archetypal male form, found the ideal ratio between shoulders, chest, waist and hips and built our shirt around it. In doing so we discovered something pretty radical: When your shirt is shaped like an athlete, you look like one. 


#3: Travolta Collar 

Solution: The Stay-up CollarUsing a standard collar stay, we created a patent pending interlocking system that keeps the collar upright by anchoring it to the collar stand.  If you prefer a more relaxed look or want to wear a tie with your shirt, the collar can be worn traditionally, and the stay is removable for laundering.    

Zip Fit is a registered trademark of Teddy Stratford. US patent no. US D775,457 S worldwide patents pending


The Zip Fit in the Real World

For sizing and fit reference 

To submit a photo email: [email protected]



5'9" / 165lbs

Empire Ottoman - Size 2



Black Twill- Size 3



Navy Wrinkle Free - Size 4



Light Blue Twill- Size 2

The Second Shirt

Second Shirt Logo

At Teddy Stratford, Freedom is our core value and we believe that education is the key to Freedom. This is why we started The Second Shirt program. A portion of the purchase price of each shirt goes into a fund that is used to buy a uniform shirt for every student at a school in an underserved community.

Don’t get us wrong, we know that a free shirt isn’t going to get a kid into college but fashion is about confidence and if having a second clean shirt helps a kid feel better about themselves when they go to school to learn...then it isn’t hard to connect the dots.

This year, we were thrilled to visit Harlem Democracy Prep Elementary School and present them with their new shirts! 


Teddy's $50 Wager

We bet that you’ll agree that your Teddy Stratford shirt is the Best Fitted Shirt on the Planet.  If, in your opinion, it isn’t, you keep the shirt and we will send you $50 immediately.  No questions asked.

This is not a money-back guarantee. We already have one of those here. 

You can take us up on this even if you LOVE our shirt. If somewhere on Earth you have tried on a better fitted shirt-even if you don’t own that shirt- let us know and we will send you $50 and you keep your Teddy Stratford.

We are well aware that you may have a few go-to shirts that fit you like they were tailor made (perhaps they were) and that “Best Fitted Shirt” is subjective and completely up to you.  We are also aware that you might be tempted to lie just to get a Ulysses S. Grant out of us. 

Frankly this is fine with us.  We want you to try our shirt because we think you will love it and order more.  


To claim your $50 email us:

[email protected]

Fine print: This wager is for new customers only and only applies to the first shirt.  Customers using a promo-code with a discount of $30 or more are not eligible. 

Intellectual Property

Teddy Stratford Apparel LLC has been awarded patents, trademarks and other intellectual property protections by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and other countries. Teddy Stratford LLC has a duty and a right to inform the market of our patent and trademark rights, and Teddy Stratford LLC will enforce its rights when necessary. As part of those efforts, below find our virtual marking.


Teddy Stratford LLC's products are covered by one or more of the following patents and trademarks, registered in the US and other countries. This is a non-exhaustive list. 

Zip Fit Shirt®

Teddy Stratford®

US Patent No. US 9,750,285,B2

US Patent No. US D775,457 S

EUIPO Design No. 002868018


When using the marks in publication materials that will be distributed only in the United States, include the appropriate ™ or ® symbol on first use. For publication materials that will be distributed outside the United States, do not include trademark symbols.

Always use the appropriate trademark credit notice: "The Teddy Stratford name and trademarks are the property of Teddy Stratford Apparel LLC, registered in the U.S. and other countries."

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