42 thoughts on “Which brand has the best cotton t-shirts?

  1. Anonymous says:

    the highest quality basic white tees in the world, the only two companies operating loopwheeling machines, nobody else is equipped to make tees even close:
    >japan – https://www.loopwheeler.co.jp/ <– a lot of their tees are made for and sold as japanese denim brands’ tees not as loopwheeler
    >germany – https://merzbschwanen.com/

    china budget options:
    >heritage/ww2/reproduction type fits:
    >bpcall https://world.taobao.com/dianpu/33275933.htm <– best one, torso on the short side
    >bob dong kino henleys https://bobdong.taobao.com
    >co-tt-on 木白巾 https://world.taobao.com/dianpu/166125443.htm <– best one with long/tuck length torsos
    >sauce zhan https://world.taobao.com/dianpu/68744670.htm
    >bronson https://bronsonshop.com https://world.taobao.com/dianpu/112282887.htm

    >modern fashion styles:
    >arket: https://world.taobao.com/dianpu/590357399.htm
    >cos: https://world.taobao.com/dianpu/200155482.htm
    >theres more like this ask in any rep fashion community

    >i want cheap tees and i’m too lazy to use taobao
    >uniqlo supima tees. twice the price and not as good, but they are the best thing you will ever find at a mall.

      • Anonymous says:

        you’re totally right but these aren’t bottom of the barrel chinkslop stores. they got size charts and measure true to them irl. i’m not shilling random bullshit i’ve bought tees from almost all those brands. the couple i haven’t i’ve bought other stuff from and redditfags compare them favorably in reviews so i feel they’re pretty safe to include. one of those ones is owned by h&m and has stores in north america.
        the chink tees are actually pretty good. loopwheeler and merz b schwanen has the highest ‘thickness/strength’ to ‘softness’ ratio of any tees that exist. the chinese ones aren’t as soft but some of them get thicker and heavier, and are quite nice. bpcall is almost on the same tier as the loopwheeled stuff.

      • Anonymous says:

        I don’t know about the other ones but I’m wearing a Bronson tee right now and it’s actually quite nice. can vouch

      • Anonymous says:

        they only care about knock off sneakers. they don’t care that you want to buy tee shirts from a store in china. shit one of the chink stores i linked has physical locations in vancouver and boston.

        Not buying chink stuff. You always roll the dice with the sizing and you can’t return anything.

        read the whole post. here are some made in japan and made in germany options.

    • Anonymous says:

      How fitted are the Bronson tees? They look kinda baggy on the model?

      Fwiw I’m a Whitesville fan. 5’9 and 180lb. Athletic build, and the XL fits perfectly snug in the chest and arms while being loose around my stomach

        • Anonymous says:

          I have 5 of their white 215 shirts, but in all honesty my favorite has been the 215 in the charcoal color. So far, I’ve probably washed it 12-15 times and the combination of the softness and off-black color of the fabric is incredible

  2. Anonymous says:

    >Which brand has the best cotton t-shirts?
    best price-value-ratio has in my opinion the Danish brand "ID", more specifically their model "t-time"

  3. Anonymous says:

    the fit on these brands isnt some chink skeleton twink shit either. they would look fine on that frame but the ones i posted are mostly faithful 1940s era military garment reproductions or styled in that fashion.
    the thickest tees in the world happen to come from china right now and dont have western facing storefronts it is what it is.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I went full autism mode and bought like 15 Merz b Schwanen tees in the last year. I also own a few other cotton loopwheel tees from Buzz Rickson, Toys McCoy, and Samurai. Out of all of them, the Merz b 8.6 oz tees have the nicest fabric. Holds its shape extremely well, not lightweight but also not too heavy, and it softens up NICELY. Worth $100 per tee? Probably not, but if you’re into high quality stuff you pretty much can’t get anything better

    • Anonymous says:

      the collar’s constructed differently than cheap tees so they wind up lasting many more wash cycles. if that helps swallow the price tag a little. colors like white/black/gray are easy to keep looking nice a long time.
      from a strictly utilitarian point of view the chinese ones are gonna be the best value tees. or just going on ebay and buying vintage heavyweight blanks.
      but the merz b really nails everything: fit, fabric and construction. i’ve had a lot of nice designer tees, those are usually like $2-400 a pop, but the fabric being so nice on merz really elevates them above most of that except i guess really stylized stuff like rick which is kind of its own category anyways.

      • Anonymous says:

        Pretty much this. I’m not really wearing my Merz B tees for any manual labor, more so just for casual every day wear, so I’m not worried about them needing to be absolutely built like tanks. That being said, they certainly stand way above the majority of tees not just in their build quality, but also just pure comfort, fit, and with how well the loopwheel fabric holds its shape and feels bouncy. If plain t shirts are not your thing, then its useless buying the Merz stuff, but if you’re getting a bit older and don’t give a shit about graphic tees anymore, any loopwheel stuff is going to be your friend

    • Anonymous says:

      Hows the fit on 215? The 1950s fit fine in shoulders and arms in medium but were a little long. Small is way too small in shoulder / bicep but perfect for length.

      • Anonymous says:

        Depends on your body type. I’m 6’1”, 190 pounds with an athletic build and wear the xxl in the 215. After washing, it shrinks to the equivalent of a size xl. The fit is really great especially once it softens up after a few washes. Not too tight, not too wide. I also own a few of their 214 relaxed fit in the same size and it’s great. Slightly less snug in the shoulders and the sleeves are a little longer and wider, but it doesn’t look too baggy. It all depends on your body type. If you are skinny fat or overweight the 215 is not going to look “amazing” on you

        • Anonymous says:

          I’m 5’6” 140s athletic build as well. To draw a comparison the Whitesville Ts in medium fit me perfectly.

          How much does the Merz B shrink? The 1950 mediums fit great along shoulder / arms but the collar is too big (can see clavicles). Would definitely consider the 215 if it’s slightly tighter along the neck but it’s hard to find exact measurements for the circumference.

          I’m looking for something with a fit similar to Whitesville but with colors other than black/navy/white and grey. There were recommendations for the warehouse 4601 but not really into the whole shirt pocket look.

          • Anonymous says:

            They shrink almost a full size, which would be about 1.5” in length and a smaller amount in the shoulders and chest. I personally have not tried the whitesville tees, so I can’t really provide you a good frame of reference. I will say though that the 215 is a tiny bit shorter than the 214, in my opinion it’s a perfect length. The collar is a bit open, but personally it doesn’t show my entire clavicles. If you want some tight collars, Samurai just released some wonderful 7 oz loopwheel tees that fit that bill. However, I still think that in terms of balancing fit, construction quality, and quality of fabric, you can’t really beat the Merz B 8.6 oz tees

          • Anonymous says:

            Appreciate the response! I’ll definitely give both of them a look. Finally – after how many washes did you notice shrinkage?

            I only did a single wash on delicate/low (as per several online reviews) and there was hardly a difference from when they were fresh out of the box (just got these over the weekend.)

          • Anonymous says:

            I’d say the very large majority of the shrinkage was completed after one wash. I didn’t take any measurements or anything, but to me there wasn’t any impressionable amount of shrinkage after the second wash. That being said, all shrinkage should be out with 2 cold washes. If you want, you could just throw the shirt in the dryer on a low heat setting after washing. I bought a couple of my Merz shirts at Self Edge and the dudes there said it would be totally fine to do that for the first wash to make sure you get all the shrinkage out. I ended up doing that and there was no damage to my shirts at all. You just don’t want to make a habit of throwing them in the dryer, it’s the repeated heating process that degrades the cotton much quicker

          • Anonymous says:

            I ended up picking up some 215s, studio dartisan 9913s and warehouse 4601s, all in medium (2 a piece) for fit comparison’s sake. I think Asian cuts will probably fit me best (given my experience with whitesville) because of the higher collars but giving them all a fair try.

            I had 3 1950s in medium and ended up giving away two since the collar felt a little large – but the one that I kept is absolutely perfect. There’s a lot more variability than I thought even in loopwheeled Tees.

    • Anonymous says:

      I bought a ton of new tshirts from various designers last year, had a mixed experience. Really into ones blending cotton with silk, or silk/cashmere tshirts. If you haven’t tried those OP give it a shot

      I might give one of these a try anon, they sound nice

        • Anonymous says:

          The cotton/silk blends were from Loro Piana and Isaia, both were great. Really soft but strong, lightweight, nice deep solid color. The cashmere/silk ones were from Cesare Attolini:
          They’re ridiculously soft. Very stretchy too, they hug chest/shoulders/arms in a really flattering way. The grey one has a great melange color, lots of little bits of dark and light mixed in, it’s really nice. Works great as an undershirt in the winter or a t-shirt in the summer.
          Those three brands are the ones I really recommend, if you ever want to splurge on something stupid (for tshirts).

          • Anonymous says:

            Phew, I was expecting pricey, but that is up there! Looks amazingly comfy though, worth it if you’ve got the money to throw out.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I like banana republic shirts, can find then below $20. Make sure to buy the thick ones not the thin ones that skimp on fabric.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I used to buy Los Angeles Apparel t-shirts but I’ve grown to hate them as I get older. The Uniqlo shirts are not bad but they have synthetics in them. I’ve yet to find any others that are good.

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