Whenever we decide to release our own product, we always have the conversation about whether we should. This is always a long, deep conversation that dives deep into what our vendors are already making, what's missing from our wardrobes, and what we want to see go out into the world with our name stamped on it. We can make nearly anything we could want, but if there's no reason to do so, we won't.
We wanted a loopwheel tee that was just right for us, something that didn't already exist in our deep line up of loopwheel knits from The Real McCoy's and Merz B. Schwanen. The result is a t-shirt that augments and extends our selection, with a fit coming from months and months of sampling and tweaking, utilizing every bit of experience and opinion from our entire team to get it just right.
Fit isn’t simple when it comes to tees, especially when working with a textile made on vintage machines. We opted for a slightly more modern, open fit for these tees. Cut a little longer and a little wider than the other loopwheeled tees we carry, these are a fantastic length to wear either tucked or untucked, with a relaxed fit through the chest and comfortably wide shoulders.
Loopwheel tees can be tricky, with unexpected shrinkage or bodies that twist over time due to the lack of side seams. We used super long staple cotton, and pre-shrunk the shirts to eliminate those issues without removing any of the character that makes loopwheel jersey so charming. The combination of the gravity-fed, low-tension fabric and the super long staple cotton create a shirt that is soft and airy without being delicate.
Our new crewneck sweater was also designed to honor vintage styles while enhancing the product. We opted for a cut-and-sew approach rather than using a tubular body for this garment, which is part of our strategy to give each piece as much life as possible. Tubular bodies will twist and shrink over time much more than sewn panels, with little benefit other than aesthetic. The flatlock side seams adds stability to the garment without taking away comfort. The flatseamer sewing process gives a soft, stretchy, comfortable seam with very little bulk but requires quite a bit of skill on the part of the machinist, especially when sewing the complicated lines of our modified raglan sleeve.
The body is once again cut a bit longer to account for the slight shrink over time that all cotton knits experience, and we opted to keep the loopback terry rather than running the fabric through the fleecing process, again with an eye on longevity of wear.