World's Coolest® Long-sleeved Patch Shirt

A men's patch shirt designed for warm weather.


The word patch, short for the Telug pach'chadamu, meaning “thin pieces of cloth at Madras,” has been in use for more than 300 years to describe the lightweight patch madras used in one of the world's hottest climates. Our famous World's Coolest® Men's Patch Shirt is made of squares of pure 3.5-oz. cotton Indian madras that are stitched into a muted multipatch design. The cloth features an open weave to allow plenty of ventilation. From the cloth to the cut, designed for warm-weather wear. Button-through chest pocket. 100% cotton. Washable.
Sizes: S(34-36), M(38-40), L(42-44), XL(46-48), XXL(50-52).


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.8 / 5 based on 68 reviews


66 of 68 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Attention grabbing - 8/6/2014
    By: from Traverse city, mi

    An extremely comfortable and useful shirt for many occasions, sporting as well as casual wear.

  • 5/5

    Coolest Patch Shirt - 7/31/2014
    By: from Estero, Fl

    My recent purchase is just a great buy. I have been watching it for sometime and decided now was the time. I am glad I did many likes on the shirts. I am truly pleased with my purchase, nice!!!

  • 5/5

    The Patch Shirt - Pt. II - 7/29/2014
    By: from San Diego, CA

    This shirt was magical when it started. Each stitch masterfully sewn, making it a slightly heavier shirt - perfect for not-quite-warm and not-quite-cold weather. Initially, this shirt had much smaller sewn squares. I've had one of the older shirts many years, and cannot remember having worn it where I didn't get a compliment ... and I'm talking honestly hundreds of times. You have to remember, it is a signature shirt that you have to love in order to have the courage to wear it. The smaller pattern squares are/was much more defined than the current model. I ordered one of the new ones tonight since my old shirt is starting to go after visiting everywhere I've gone throughout the world over the last 15 years (had to even pay a seamstress to replace two squares on the shirt so I could keep wearing it. Hopefully the newer model I just ordered has the same high standards of style and comfort. Order the long sleeve version, and have it laundered with medium starch. Hope the new one's as great as my old one!

  • 5/5


  • 5/5

    Like it ! - 6/16/2014
    By: from West Chester , PA

    Great shirt ! Just as advertised ! Shipping was outrageous ! Need to change that .

  • 5/5

    Great short - 6/14/2014

    Love the shirt. Great quality and style. Fits well and is great in a casual fun setting. My son keeps trying to borrow it. As always, Orvis doesn't disappoint.

  • 4/5

    Love it, but - 6/12/2014

    This is my happy shirt. It would be a five except I had to resew one of the front buttons as soon as it came out of the packing. Soft, feels good.

  • 5/5

    Fun Shirt - 5/29/2014
    By: from Boston, MA

    Great quality and colors....this shirt is great with jeans .....or....dress it up .... wearing with kakis & a sport jacket!!!!!

  • 5/5

    worlds coolest patch shirt - 5/28/2014
    By: from florida

    my husband has had an illness and needs to ware long sleved shirts. this is the softiest , beautiful colored shirt that he has.i love to see him in it, and very happy we have it. thank you very much

  • 5/5

    Great Shirt - 5/12/2014
    By: from Conroe, Texas

    Great Fit and "Very" different that other casual shirts.

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A summer classic, 5,000 years in the making

Madras is made exclusively for Orvis in one of the world’s hottest climates. Pure cotton madras cloth comes from India, where cotton has been hand-woven into fabric for more than 5,000 years. India’s long tradition of textile production lends a distinctive air of craftsmanship to our men's and women’s patch madras clothing. This lightweight fabric is ideal for summer—it breathes so well because it is woven in a 60/40 thread count, keeping the fabric light yet strong.

India manufactures about 6 billion yards of fabric every year, more than half of which is woven by hand. Textiles are a major factor of the nation’s economy—thanks to the climate, which is ideal for growing cotton, and the skill of millions of native craftspeople. Traditional madras, named for the city where it was originally made, is a fine cotton fabric, yarn-dyed with vegetable dye in solid colors or plaid and striped patterns. These organic dyes ran or ‘bled’ every time the madras was washed, developing a telltale blurred effect over time.

Today, most madras is still made in southeast India, but it is dyed with stable chemical dyes to prevent this loss of color. Our madras clothing is made of end-to-end madras. This pastel-hued fabric is woven by alternating dyed and white yarns in the warp and weft, resulting in a subtle depth of color. The bolts of end-to-end madras are then cut into squares and sewn back together to make another single piece of fabric, a process perfected in India. Even our word patch comes from India-it's an abbreviation of the Telug word pach'chadamu, meaning "two pieces of cotton cloth joined together." By the late 1700s, patch was commonly in use in English, defined as "thin pieces of cloth at Madras."

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