Matty matheson workwear

Forget Food, Matty Matheson is Cooking Up a Workwear Brand

Matty Matheson is well known for his cooking and television projects, so his latest journey into fashion (specifically workwear) might look like a step to the left for those who haven’t noticed the celebrity chef as a style god in his own right. We’ve long appreciated Matheson’s attention to quality garments, eyewear, and headwear, so you’d rightly expect his choice in fatigues to represent more than a bandwagon-hopping venture into 10oz cotton and double needles. You’d be right.

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Rosa rugosa factory

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In 2017, Matheson and Ray Natale connected on the belief that there wasn’t a Canadian line that truly represented the foundation of workwear and trade garments. They found a factory in Matheson’s hometown of Parkdale, Toronto, but it promptly closed in the wake of the global pandemic. Their dreams were almost crushed. That is until the factory offered to sell them the equipment to produce the garments themselves.

“It was devastating, but at that moment, we found opportunity. The factory agreed to sell us the sewing equipment needed to make the garments. From that, the Factory of Roses was born. As a result, we have been able to oversee every step of the design and production process, employ local artisans and outfit local workers.”

“We took the biggest leap of all to create something we believe in. Clothing that would allow the wearer to shine and be themselves, to be their full potential. Clothing that allowed them to be seen, to be heard, to create. Clothing that doesn’t break down,” the website reads.

At its launch, Rosa Rugosa has a selection of long sleeve shirts, short sleeve shirts, shorts, and trousers all made from a high-quality mixture of 8.5oz twill fabric or 10oz hickory cotton with a 35/65 polyester cotton blend or 100 per cent cotton. Sizing is a big focus, and shirts range from small to 4XL with pants ranging from 28-52 waist.

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Man of Many’s Rosa Rugosa Picks

Rosa rugosa long sleeve shirt in white

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Gwynne Long Sleeve Shirt

  • 8.5oz twill fabric or 10oz hickory cotton.
  • 35/65 polyester cotton blend or 100 per cent cotton.
  • Double-needle topstitch.
  • Branded buttons.
  • Two chest flap pockets.
  • Functioning sleeve placket.
  • Back yoke detail & darts.
  • True to size fit.
  • Made in Canada.

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Rosa rugosa short sleeve shirt in navy

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Dunn Short Sleeve Shirt

  • 8.5oz twill fabric or 10oz hickory cotton.
  • 35/65 polyester cotton blend or 100 per cent cotton.
  • Double-needle topstitch.
  • Branded buttons.
  • Two chest pockets.
  • Back yoke detail.
  • True to size fit.
  • Made in Canada.

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Rosa rugosa gwynne pants in hickory stripe

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Gwynne Pants

  • 8.5oz twill fabric or 10oz hickory cotton.
  • 35/65 polyester cotton blend or 100 per cent cotton.
  • Double-needle topstitch. Branded buttons.
  • Four-pocket design.
  • 18” leg opening.
  • Classic cut with pressed legs.
  • Zipper front closure.
  • True to size fit.
  • Made in Canada.

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Rosa rugosa dunn shorts in kelly green

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Dunn Shorts in Kelly Green

  • 8.5oz twill fabric or 10oz hickory cotton
  • 35/65 polyester cotton blend or 100 per cent cotton.
  • Double-needle topstitch. Branded buttons.
  • Four-pocket design.
  • Classic cut with pressed legs.
  • Zipper front closure.
  • True to size fit.
  • Made in Canada.

Buy it here

Rosa rugosa gardiner trucker hat in royal blue

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Gardiner Trucker Hat in Royal Blue

  • Adjustable snapback closure.
  • Six-panel design.
  • Embroidered patch.
  • Unstructured crown

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Ben McKimm

Ben lives in Sydney, Australia. He has a Bachelor's Degree (Media, Technology and the Law) from Macquarie University (2020). Outside of his studies, he has spent the last decade heavily involved in the automotive, technology and fashion world. Turning his passion and expertise into a Journalist position at Man of Many where he continues to write about everything that interests the modern man. Conducting car reviews on both the road and track, hands-on reviews of cutting-edge technology and employing a vast knowledge in the space of fashion and sneakers to his work. One day he hopes to own his own brand.