Our Oil Washed Tees are an example of true garment experimentation utilizing a special dying method which gives each piece a one-of-a-kind finish.
We start with the perfect base - our classic crew neck tee sewn right in the USA. We use 100% organic cotton with a solid 5 ounce weight. Then we get old-school. It's called an oil wash. The entire garment is washed and dyed with pigment dye and a binder at very high heat. After that, the garment gets another full wash. The result being a natural fading of the base color in totally unique patterns. Each shirt is a bit different and displays an amazing range of colors. This one is in rich navy base.
Fit is much more important on a t-shirt than you might think. We set out to strike the right balance between a tailored fit and an easy to wear piece. The shoulders are fitted, which keeps the overall look clean. The sleeves hit at just the right point on the arm and are tight enough to prevent them from winging out. The body is slightly tapered, but easy enough to not be mistaken as an undershirt. Finally, the length hits just right so it falls below the waist line, but does not cover your entire backside. Overall this shirt can stand alone or layer with a button down.
Construction details are classic and sturdy. We start with an inset collar using rib. Neck and shoulders are taped, which adds effort to construction, but provides an extra touch of structure to the garment. Double needle hems finish the sleeves and bottom and a slightly narrower gauge is used to lend a small element of refinement. This is the right way to make a t-shirt, without cutting any corners.
Oil washed t-shirts made in the USA are typically priced over $45. The Gustin model allows us to offer you a radically better value.
Note: Because of the unique dying process, this garment is prone to color transfer. We recommend washing it alone before wear.