The first run of the shirt — a pleated, raglan-sleeved, french cuffed shirt made of moisture-wicking material — sold through in days. It was the kind of buzz most start-ups dream about.
American violinist Kevin Yu has created a strechable, breathable formal shirt. He told us why he came up with the idea and how musicians have reacted.
Mr. [David] Itkin said that it felt “like something between your running shirt and your jammies” and that it did not need to be dry-cleaned. “... It doesn’t cling to the skin; you don’t feel soaking wet and clammy an hour into a Mahler symphony or an opera.”
Cue the drum roll for the Gershwin tuxedo shirt by Coregami — a new form of orchestra attire that takes the same hi-tech, breathable fabric used by cyclists to make tops fit for the Proms.
[Frank] Huang said that playing the violin could be an "athletic endeavor, ... and that it had been good to test out a [Coregami] shirt that had been designed for flexibility and comfort."
“From the outset, we did not design something that a lot of people like. We designed something that a few people love. Our customers are some of the most elite musicians on Earth, and their needs are specific. We bring comfort and functionality where it has never existed before.”
The brand promises to keep musicians “cool as a cat all night long,” with a soft, stretchy, moisture-wicking fabric that helps to manage body temperature and draws sweat.
The comment that we hear the most is that it is extremely light and breathable because they no longer have to wear an undershirt. The trifecta of formality, comfort, and high performance has never come together – until now.
The best way to play and remain cool. And the material and construction really allows for freedom of movement. Just the best!
Thank you - my exchange went very smoothly!
Have not worn it yet but will 7/4 for a concert. I have a black Bernstein that I have worn and like so this should be the same.
I am always looking for something a bit different to conduct in so tried the mandarin style. Just like the other shirts I have (Gershwin and a black one), they are extremely comfortable and easy to take care of.
Bought for my husband for musical theatre gigs, it's SO sleek and comfortable, prevents him from sweating when setting up / tearing down, he LOVES it.
Bought as gift .... gift receiver loves it. Professional trombone player ... shirt flexible and helps with body heat !!!!
We used this for a dancer that needed a tux shirt and needed to not show sweat. it was FANTASTIC. Will slowly be adding to our stock!
I bought one of the 'first round' of these shirts after reading an article about Coregami when they were first starting out, which I loved from a utility perspective but had issues with as far as some tailoring and stitching details. The new shirt corrects all of these issues, and is just as comfortable!
Love this shirt! Gives me freedom to move whilst managing Richard Strauss or Mahler! The customer support is excellent, I had an issue with fraying button holes and they replaced the shirt immediately! I will give this a 5 star rating if the new shirt holds up.
great shirts, great company excellent service !!!
This shirt is awesome! Thank you to Coregami for helping me exchange for the right size. Totally worth the price, can't wait to wear it!
I bought this for my college string bass player. He says it breaths and moves with him, and makes him feel more free as he performs. GI've a decent tux shirt is still pricey, spending the extra bucks for this makes tons of sense. Get one!
The Gershwin Tux shirt is generously cut and has a soft material that breathes and stays cool even under a tux jacket or tails in a concert situation. The best answer to long performances that are taxing is to remain cool—and this shirt is the answer.
This was my second purchase and I absolutely love the shirts. They look great and are very comfortable in performance.
He truly appreciates having a shirt to perform in that doesn't restrict his movements and keeps him cool. He loved it so much we bought him the Gershwin Tux shirt!
I bought the Gershwin for my 16-year-old. He's been complaining for years that he doesn't feel like he can move freely in traditional cotton tux shirts. After wearing the Gershwin Tux Shirt for a performance last night he said, "Definitely the most comfortable shirt I've ever worn on stage. I could actually move my arms!" He loved it and thanked me for buying it for him! Worth the money and Sumo was terrific with helping us get the right size for him.
My son plays cello in Kamloops & Prince George Symphonies and has worn it for two concerts already. He absolutely loves it! I also bought him the black shirt which he recently wore for his string quartet in Vancouver.
Made pianist's job easier and comfortable. Good service. Prompt for exchange
Amazing looking. I didn’t end up like a wet dishrag at the end of a concert. My spirit is uplifted wearing this!
My son is 16 and loves the shirts. He can move freely and stays much cooler while wearing them.
Shirts really breath well!
These are the best shirts I have ever purchased and wear them for all occasions. Would love to see these in colors for more regular wear in addition to concert wear!
Beautiful product, excellent customer service.
I wore it for concerts in 80+ degrees and it was awesome
Easy to care for, comfortable and looks great... what else is there?
Excellent product with superb styling. Fits so well. Delivery is always fast.
AMAZING! After two hours of pre-concert rehearsal followed by a half an hour recital and finally a 1 1/2 hour concert I feel FANTASTIC! Compared to the old traditional penguin suit that is very constricting and odiferous, wearing Coregami is like frolickingin a Swedish nudist camp! Yeah BBAABBYY! I love it!
They are great shirts (I now have 4 - two Gershwin, one black, and the most recent Mehuin manderin style). Extremely comfortable to conduct in and easy to take care of!
Very comfortable, looks & feels good while moving musically. Nice for dancing as well as performing instrumentally.
These shirts are awesome. I use them for both performances as a musician, and as my go-to ballroom dance shirts.
My husband loves your shirts for performing! Cool and he can move freely.
Best tux shirts and best service.
Breaths, moves, stretches. Nice Clean lines. our Dancers LOVE it!
Great customer service. Easy ordering process. Quality product that meets all my needs.
Best shirt for a heavy sweat-er or for someone that needs non-restrictive movement but still needs to look like they are in a tux shirt. Thank you for having a slim variant!
My husband loved his present.
comfort in hot halls is amazing. I have been all over the world and specifically in the older halls in europe with terrible air circulation and these shirts are a savior!
awesome product. looks good feels good. finally someone made formal attire designed for a performer. we sweat under the lights playing rigourously with jackets and ties on. coregami shirts are made with athletic moistur wicking materials. Brilliant. it looks formal.
Fit and feel is fantastic!
I LOVE my Coltrane! Just had my first successful weekend with him last week, and I'm looking forward to many more to come! I will recommend your shirts to anyone and everyone! Now to figure out which shirt to purchase next! Thanks!
Feels great, not hot under stage lights
Great product, great company great service
Great product and great service!
Very comfortable for both playing and conducting
Excellent quality and great comfort.
For the purpose they are designed, being used with jackets, Is give a 10. The designs don't look great without a jacket which limits their use somewhat.
I ordered 4 shirts: 2 for my son (professional cellist, Vancouver
The shirt fits great and is extremely comfortable to perform in. It also arrived really fast.
Wore my Coltrane shirt for the very first time two days ago. It fits extremely well, is incredibly comfortable, and it looks great! I am definitely recommending Coregami to all of my musician and conductor friends.
first saw your shirts at a music festival in Verbier, they are perfect for a classical musician.
Great customer service. The shirt fits perfectly, and looks great!
The customer service was excellent and the product is very high-quality.