About Us

Nearly one hundred years of shirtmaking

  Aetna Shirt was founded in Baltimore in 1916, and since then has produced top quality casual, sport, dress and formal shirts for retailers, international designers, and aspiring shirtmakers.   Aetna has traditionally been a wholesale manufacturer of private label shirts, and continues in that path, while also carrying a limited collection of its own shirts.  We offer a diversified portfolio of shirt varieties, including oxford buttons downs, Italian style formals, pilot shirts, and military formals.  
  We have a loyal and experienced staff, and while we maintain traditional individual marking, cutting, and sewing operations, we also offer computerized digitizing, nesting, marking and cutting with twenty-first-century technology and machinery.
  As a small facility, we can offer close personal attention, and accommodate requests for special detailing and delivery.


Made in the U.S.A.

  Since Aetna's founding in 1916, all of its production has been in Baltimore, Maryland, initially downtown on Paca Street, and now in eastern Baltimore County.  

Our Clients

  In the past, Aetna made shirts and formalwear accessories under designer and retail labels including Adolfo, After Six, Bill Blass, Christian Dior, Halston, Joseph A. Bank, Kenneth J. Lane, Nicole Miller, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Tallia.  More recently we have made shirts for a number of contemporary retailers, both domestic and overseas.  We can make shirts under our own label, still made in the U.S.A.
  We offer a spectrum of styles from classic dress and formal shirts to unstructured casual.  


Tutorials in Shirt-making

  For aspiring shirtmakers, we can offer half-day or full day tutorials.  We walk you through the shirt-making process and help you better understand the challenges and advantages of making shirts domestically.  We can also refer you to sources of fabric, trim and related components.