Our Story

The Difference is in the Details

A History Of Craftsmanship

Our story begins almost 100 years ago, with a small brick-and-mortar store in downtown Homewood, where S.G. Shaia carefully cultivated his customers with the same care and personal attention he gave to his garden behind the store. Over four generations, Shaia’s has evolved from dry goods and notions into a premier men’s clothing store that has been recognized by Esquire Magazine as Best of Class for 12 consecutive years.

With Shaia’s Medical Heritage, Ken Shaia brings to physicians the same exacting craftsmanship that has defined our clothing for three generations. The process of creating our medical coats was long and careful to ensure that every aspect of the product represented in style your professional achievements.

  • Ken studied the coats of dozens of physicians to understand the wear they endure over years of use.
  • His team of pattern cutters, tailors and stylists used their years of expertise in fit and comfort to craft the finest details of our physician’s coats.
  • Using our prototype designs, Ken tested multiple fabrics until he was satisfied that his team had created something truly unique.

The Process

A Shaia Medical Heritage Coat is made, not in a shirt factory, but by craftsmen who specialize in coats. It’s just one of the characteristics that distinguish our physician’s coat from all others.

The Fabric

Our coats are crafted from long-staple Egyptian cotton twill. They will not only stand up to years of wear, they look better the more you wear them. They can be laundered or dry-cleaned.

The Details

Cloth-knot buttons provide an authentic heritage finish. Our unique yoke and sleeve lining allow the coat to slide easily and comfortably over clothing, and four strategically-placed pockets enhance the coat’s functionality. Sleeves have surgeons’ cuffs that turn up smoothly and quickly.

The Fit

At Shaia’s, we have a long history of tailoring our clothes to an impeccable fit. That is equally true for our Medical Heritage Coats. The silhouette is tailored to a contemporary fit. The lapel and collar are crafted to ensure a snug fit around the neck so that the lapel rolls properly.

The Outcome

These elements combine to create a unique, stylish, yet functional, garment that has been hand-crafted and fits to perfection; a coat worthy of your career. Our clients agree—85% of our business is with repeat customers.