There is something special about the perfect t-shirt. It’s a seemingly simple garment, but when the fabric is right, the fit is spot on, and there is true care in its construction, there’s almost nothing better. This is what we set out to create with the USA T-Shirt.
This USA T-Shirt is made from organic cotton jersey knitted right in California. Our goal for this tee was to find the perfect everyday wear fabric and we found it. The right weight is key -- too heavy and it’s a less versatile, too light and it may not be sturdy enough for hard wear. Five ounces is the sweet spot. This jersey has enough heft and strength to stand alone, but is also breathable and thin enough to be a great layering piece. A soft feel is also a must. We garment wash and dye each shirt, which softens the fabric up wonderfully. Finally, picking the right shade is a must. We keep it classic, with a dark wine. Pair this with a pair of raws or a khaki chino and you’re set for the day.
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.
Quality t-shirts made in the USA with domestic materials are typically priced over $35 each. The Gustin model allows us to offer you a radically better value.