The History of the T-Shirt

The T-Shirt evolved out of the long johns that were common in the 19th Century. Garment makers experimented with methods that would allow the fabric to stretch over the head and then snap back into shape.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, F.Scott Fitzgerald was the first to use the term "T-shirt" in print; it appeared in This Side of Paradise in 1920.

By the early 1950's, Hollywood’s actors began donning white T-shirts to signal their character’s rebelliousness — Montgomery Clift in A Place in the Sun (1951), Marlon Brando in The Wild One (1953) and James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause (1955) — the T-shirt officially entered the man’s wardrobe as a garment that could be worn on its own outside of the workplace.

Worn close to the skin and revealing of the body, the T-shirt’s inherent sex appeal was first picked up by actresses and singers in the 1960s. By the 1970s, the T-shirt was truly unisex. It began to be reinterpreted by high end designers such as Yves Saint Laurent & Dior.

Due to the subversive nature of wearing an undergarment on the outside, the T-shirt has appealed to generations of musicians, writers, actors and intellectuals. The T-shirt has become synonymous with an effortless cool, and in the 1990s it became a part of the new uniform from iconic collections from Helmut Lang and Calvin Klein.

Now, the T-shirt is the most versatiled style in a wardrobe. It is worn at home, casual outtings, to work and even on red carpets and cocktail parties.

From the striking simplicity of a white cotton t-shirt, to the elevated make and details of our pullover; the definitive expression of casual sophistication that you can where everywhere, with everything.

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