The T-shirt’s been getting a lot of press this week. First off, last week’s NY Mag, The Fashion Issue pays tribute to the perfect tee—created by Loden Dager. And, this weekend, Josh Sims in the FT waxes poetic about the evolution of tees. Excerpts after the jump.
FT: Once upon a time a T-shirt could be all things to all people. Teenagers could use it as a symbol of rebellion, thanks to films such as The Wild One and Rebel Without a Cause, while grown-ups could leverage its workman-like past to suggest manliness and maturity. Then came the skatewear market with its slogans, and Katharine Hamnett with her political statements, making the T-shirt a difficult thing to wear for anyone over 30. On hot summer days, how we mourned. Not this summer, though. A movement is gathering force to take the T-shirt back as a more functional, grown-up garment – a summer staple rather than a conduit for rock ’n’ roll angst or advertising. (read the full story here)
NYMAG: The T-shirt that changed my mind about T-shirts might not impress you much at first glance. But that’s because you’re not wearing it. Sure, it’s plain heather gray, and maybe you do have some treasured rag in your drawer that looks a bit similar. But trust me, you don’t have anything in there that remotely feels like it. This shirt, if you’ll excuse me for sounding ridiculous, may be the most perfect garment I own. The fabric is thin to the point of almost being sheer, made of high-gauge long-fiber Sea Island cotton that is difficult to describe without resorting to clichés: soft as a buttered, cashmere baby’s bottom? Yes, that soft! I’ve sampled some of the comfiest shirts out there, like the popular line by James Perse. But this takes it to another level. Designed by a New York fashion company called Loden Dager, the T-shirt is loose though not baggy, with shorter-than-usual sleeves, and it hangs just below the belt line. “It is a basic tee done in the most luxurious way we currently know how,” says Loden Dager designer Paul Marlow, who added that “we will keep exploring that limit and hopefully come up with something even better.”(Read the rest here)