holy grail white t-shirt from Whitesville

The talked about "The Bear" white t-shirts are the Merz B. Schwanen 215 and the Whitesville t-shirt from Toyo Enterprise. I got the Whitesville t-shirts from Rodeo Japan Pine Avenue at a pretty good price of $62 which includes FedEx shipping (no taxes). Not a bad deal at $31 a shirt. I'm more of a navy blue or black t-shirt person so I picked up the shirts in navy blue too. For sizing, I'm a XXL in Japan, XL in Europe, and M/L in the United States.

What makes a white t-shirt great is the feel of the cotton, fit, construction (no seams down the side), and a collar that lasts and doesn't get stretched out too badly. This Whitesville t-shirt is it then because it does feel great, construction is in fact Quali-T, and the collar looks pretty solid.

A few more notes:

  • SelfEdge has the Whitesville t-shirt for $95 and Redcast Heritage out of Madrid has them for $75. I'm happy with $62 all in.
  • I also have Zimmerli shirts but they're pretty expensive, especially the Sea Island. Their Sea Island boxers are for sure a holy grail candidate for boxers that is until you go bespoke ;-).
  • Sea Island cotton vs wool vs some blend make the holy grail t-shirt debate tough. Every material has their strengths and weaknesses.
  • I haven't gotten the Merz B shirt yet, it's a bit pricey so I probably won't. I have boxers from them and they are nice, not as nice as the Zimmerli ones.
  • The James Bond shirt from "No Time to Die" is the Rag & Bone classic flame henley and it is also cool looking if you can pull it off.
  • I'm not sure how you justify Visvim or other white t-shirts from ultra high premium brands. I'm curious about them but not curious enough to buy and try. $690 for 3 white t-shirts? I don't think so.
  • White t-shirts from these old American standbys are fine, not great. Hanes, Fruit of the Loom (fruit.com? really? Fruit of the Loom is also a Berkshire Hathaway company).
  • I'm a little curious about Los Angeles Apparel (I guess was previously American Apparel) but not enough to spend to try out.
  • Also curious about CDLP and their Lyocell shirts, but not enough to buy and try out. I do have a few pairs of their boxers which feel a bit sportier (dry-fit like).
  • Randomly, Is Allen Greenspan men's underwear index still a valid indicator when discussing the US economy? Hard to say.

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