85 comments

  1. Blake

    June 12, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    80 dollars for a t-shirt. “I have three in navy, two in grey, and I love them all!” 400 dollars for t-shirts. And people wonder why fashion is so often reduced to elitism.

    • The Sartorialist

      June 12, 2013 at 9:48 pm

      oh blake :(
      I know your trying to make a big stir but this is really not the best post for that .

      Elitism? today (and most days in the Summer) my entire outfit cost much less than the cheapest suits – Shorts $40, Cons $50, knit Tee $80

      Like I clearly wrote, this item is really a KNIT (like a sweater) disguised as a tee. If it’s an item I’m wearing almost every day then it’s a good idea to have more than one. I consider a purchase like this an investment.

      • andreea

        June 13, 2013 at 1:25 am

        buy less, but buy better. it is the new motto :)

        http://littleaesthete.com

      • Manobeina

        June 13, 2013 at 5:36 pm

        definitely an invesment purchase, and a good one if I might add. not enough care goes into picking the perfect material and cut for tee’s. theyre pushed to the back burner! to each his own though

        much love from NYC

        http://dryycleanonly.com

      • Name*

        June 15, 2013 at 12:32 am

        How does this tee compare to Velva Sheen, Merz B Schwanen and the likes?

    • Andrew

      June 12, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    • feeclochette

      June 13, 2013 at 2:45 am

      Definitly agree with you…I wouldn’d say better

    • Lynn

      June 13, 2013 at 5:16 am

      I think Blake hit the nail on the head. The post wouldn’t be annoying except for that one line (and perhaps also the advertorial confusion). Maybe next time indicating you have them in both colors would be enough.

    • Michael Scott

      June 13, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      Also, Club Monaco is having a sale! I never pay full retail for clothes like this…it is not necessary. Now Saint Laurent…THAT I would pay full retail and expect and probably receive amazing service.

  2. stew

    June 12, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    OMG this t-shirt is so freaking amazing!!!! I love it!!

  3. Nefelibata

    June 12, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Bad boy, bad :).
    Just kidding.

    Thanks Scott! It would be wonderful to hear if there is a version for the girls?

  4. kingesquivel

    June 12, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Well, you go ahead and buy a $79 t-shirt. As long as you are happy with it.

    • ep

      June 12, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      So true, $ 79 ? rather funny …

  5. kd

    June 12, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Eighty bucks for a t-shirt that pills on the first wear does not indicate “perfection”.

    • Squeegee Girl

      June 17, 2013 at 12:38 am

      Agreed! I would bring it right back to the store and demand a refund! If it was a cheapo T (under $20) I wouldn’t be surprised if it pilled…(after washing it a few times that is).

  6. Haruki

    June 12, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Thank you it is very nice to get recommendation like from a good trusted friend.

  7. Mark

    June 12, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    That’s $75 for a damn t-shirt! You could have kept that one a secret we wouldn’t have minded.

  8. Fashion Snag

    June 12, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    I think women could wear this too.

    http://www.FashionSnag.com

  9. Stan

    June 12, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Or you could spend ten dollars at Uniqlo for a pair of Airism T-shirts. I just don’t see how the looser weave is worth the price.

  10. Ted

    June 12, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Disappointing, Scott! This reeks of advertorial. Better to keep the ads separate from content, esp. when it’s an $80 t-shirt. Monetizing your work is fine but not in the sheep’s clothing of journalism…

    • The Sartorialist

      June 12, 2013 at 9:57 pm

      Ted,
      So even though you know I love fashion and shop a lot you don’t think i could possibly just be sharing this because it’s true?

      maybe the truth is hard to take that I actually own these tees and wear them a lot. It would seem more unfair to have a fashion blog and not share the items i honestly like.

  11. Kafka

    June 12, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    I don’t think you are focussing on the demographic that views this site when you mention a 79 dollar t-shirt.

    • Dude...

      June 13, 2013 at 1:27 pm

      What demographic would that be? You know all of those people who get their photos taken for this site of which you are now viewing? Chances are their entire outfits cost more than what you would make in a month. Many of these people have spent a lot of money on their outfits. If you’re looking for a blog that features cheaper clothing, this blog might not be for you.

  12. BF

    June 12, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    you cqn get the same T shirt in a very flattering stretch fabric from H&M for $9.95.

    You you spend 80$ for a t shirt, you need your head examined.

    • Michelle

      June 13, 2013 at 11:05 am

      I have to disagree with you here. While, I won’t be joining the Sartorialist in purchasing $80 tees anytime soon (unless they’re deeply discounted), H&M is the not the place I think of when I think of long-lasting quality. I go to H&M when I want trendy pieces to mix in with my staples.

      I also thought the piece had the faint odor of paid advertising, but there’s no way for me to know for sure. Still, why such harsh comments because he chose to share an item he liked? It’s not the first time his love for an expensive item. I think a lot of people are getting upset because it seems outrageous to pay so much for a tee-shirt, but that’s actually on the low end when it comes to fashion tees and you can choose not to purchase it, use it as inspiration and find a similar piece for less.

  13. Phoebe

    June 12, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    What about Everlane Ts? Butter soft, and don’t pill

    • The Sartorialist

      June 12, 2013 at 9:50 pm

      I bet Everlane are great too.

      the pilling on my tee happened because a hard plastic piece of the camera strap was rubbing on one section for about 5 hours. That will happen with looser knits.

  14. gabrielle

    June 12, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    I never normally post on these things but here i go…
    Scott– to buy an $80 shirt is fine if you love it and have the money. The point you are missing is that for most people $80 is A LOT of money. And yes, sharing things with your readers is nice but only if you can connect with them by doing so ! Really think about the world right now, the recession, the people who are out of jobs and then think about the fact that most people just want to put food on the table. I am lucky enough that if I really loved an $80 shirt or sweater I could go and buy it. But most people aren’t. Step back, get some perspective and really think about why people are outraged here. It’s not about elitism and my goal is not to put you down, etc … its simply to step out of the fashion world for a minute and realize that you’ve overlooked your audience and their needs….

    • The Sartorialist

      June 12, 2013 at 10:33 pm

      gabrielle
      the majority of my audience is here for the fashion. If I step out of the fashion that is when I potentially neglect the audience.

    • Amy

      June 13, 2013 at 8:08 am

      I think 79 is a crazy lot for a t-shirt too, but I am factoring in my income and my needs.

      But as far as your statement that he should think about the economy and jobs, the people who design, manufacture, transport, market and sell those t-shirts have jobs too. The fashion industry has products and jobs at every price point, and sometimes folks want to spend a little more to get the exact product or quality we want. Not every t-shirt needs to come from Bangladesh sewn by people who make $6 a week.

      • Michael Scott

        June 13, 2013 at 1:14 pm

        Fashion folks probably can’t shlep around in $12 poly-cotton t-shirts from Old Navy. And frankly, it is a challenge to find a decent quality, well-cut all cotton t-shirt under a certain price point. I have tried. BTW, when Club Monaco is having a sale it is more like $60 or less.

        • Diane

          June 15, 2013 at 8:30 am

          I gotta tell you Uniqlo rocks it and rocks it hard for price and quality. I’m an east coast girl and I could potentially buy any tee I wanted and when it comes down to it, it’s Uniqlo.

  15. shack

    June 12, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    interesting comments and sad you have to defend yourself. i am uncertain of what others think a t shirt should be used for, is capable of, or should cost. if anyone has spent anytime researching fast fashion and the idea of quick, temporary, throw away pieces they might applaud your commitment to real fabric- 100% cotton – and quality that has to be cared for. i appreciate your club monaco recommendation and that a good piece you love and wear often is worth the investment

  16. Charlie

    June 12, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Geesh, the backlash is a bit ridiculous- daily on this blog there are pictures of designer clothes and $$$$ handbags but it’s the $80 t-shirt that’s got people angry, that’s a bit of a misnomer! Investment dressing is a great option. If you want four t-shirts from Target then that’s ok but some people would rather spend that money on one quality item that they love! Bassike Tee’s are also lovely as are Jac + Jack.

  17. Archana

    June 12, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    Aaah, the moment we find our perfect basics that quickly become staples and most loved items !

    And Scott, i am waiting for you to write your take on ‘psychology of cheap purchases’. To answer all the 70$ for a tshirt sorta commenters who read your blog. Lot of creative field bloggers are writing their take on it. Photographers for one. And the post went viral. I would love to hear your take on it.

  18. abigail

    June 13, 2013 at 1:17 am

    is this not just fashion at it’s most fickle. it’s not like he’s asking you to buy them off him. he’s merely giving a recommendation as someone in the fashion know. and lest we forget the fashion is why we’re all here. let the man enjoy his tee.

    abigail
    http://www.farandwildjewelry.com

  19. Name*Sarah

    June 13, 2013 at 1:23 am

    All “tees” are knits! I think you mean the gauge of the fabric, not the “weave”!

  20. abigail

    June 13, 2013 at 1:40 am

    well if this isn’t fashion at it’s most fickle. it’s not like he’s asking you to buy the shirts off him. he’s merely giving a recommendation as someone in the fashion know. and lest we forget the fashion is why we’re all here. let the man enjoy his tee.

    abigail
    http://www.farandwildjewelry.com

  21. Alexander

    June 13, 2013 at 2:22 am

    Scott!! You must look into Bassike! They’re an Aussie brand that do the most AMAZING organic jersey tees! They’re the same price as the Club Monaco ones, but I have to tell I’ve had mine for over 3 years and they get better as the years go on! They have the best slouch and are very VERY comfortable! I live in my Bassike tees on a daily basis and have had no problems with pilling whatsoever! Check them out!

  22. L'oliphant

    June 13, 2013 at 3:47 am

    Bit expensive, but seems nice!

  23. Daniel

    June 13, 2013 at 6:59 am

    This reminds me of an old story around 15 years ago. I was shopping and my eyes fell on this lightgrey basic tshirt. The price was reduced from 210 DM to 80 DM (Deutsche Mark, cut aprox. in half for EUR now, but of course the value of 200 EUR back then) . It was a brand i have never heard of before or after and the material was really crappy, like i could tear it apart with two fingers. The worst quality shirt i had ever seen for the highest price ever (at least for me).
    Never again have I been so angry because of a piece of clothing. The shop still exists, afaik.

  24. LesFleurs

    June 13, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Quick! Grab a torch and a pitchfork, the creature’s hiding up at the old abandoned T-shirt mill! I see the attraction; it’s in the weave and the comfort and you can afford it because you work hard to pay for it, but maybe this one was too easily parodied. We all spend money on needless luxuries every day and I’d hate to be held morally accountable because I choose to spend my money on a concert ticket while children starve elsewhere in the world. This is a style blog not the UNICEF newsletter. Lighten up.

    • kenny s.

      June 16, 2013 at 5:52 am

      haha lesfleurs, u totally nailed it! more tolerance would be great. for my part i like to think that i can spend my money on whatever i desire – priorities differ. and some may want to spend big bucks on clothes while others spend it on partys, cigarettes & drinks.

      viva democracy! ;)

  25. debbie

    June 13, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Would I spend $80 on a t? Maybe, maybe not. It’s not my place to diss anybody who does. It’s Scott’s ‘uniform’ or work clothing, same as somebody sitting in an office might be wearing a suit or dress. If it makes him comfortable doing his job, so be it. My question is…how is the fit? I might be interested in buying one myself.

  26. Göran Löwenberg

    June 13, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Hi there everybody!!

    Don´t by a price or a brand, by a product!!

    A t-shirt is worth the price as long as it is unique and satisfy the customer with his or hers needs.

    And the most important don NOT compare this item with mass-produced t-shirts from factories that don’t take care of human rights.

    Sew it yourself and calculate what it should be worth with your effort???!!

    Best Regards!!

  27. Aunt Vocus

    June 13, 2013 at 8:10 am

    I love your blog, but this seems unabashedly commercial. Are you getting paid to post this?

  28. jenn

    June 13, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Sorry, I cant help it, $80 for a t-shirt is not just expensive, it is obscene. Having said that, the cost per wear if you wear them a lot will make this less offensive. And it is your money. But—-I’ve been to 3rd world countries, and this does leave a bad taste in my mouth.

    • Dude...

      June 13, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      $80 isn’t even the most expensive t shirt you can buy. I’ve seen t shirts selling for close to $300. In comparison, $80 doesn’t seem that bad.

  29. Lindsey

    June 13, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Beautiful tee! Too bad it’s for men
    http://www.shopopal.com

  30. paulo

    June 13, 2013 at 9:46 am

    $80 for a t-shirt that’s most likely made in china is not worth that price!

  31. proletarian Great Gatsby

    June 13, 2013 at 10:32 am

    There’s a place for everything.We’re here for fashion and our love to beautiful clothes.You can love a tee of 80$ or 800$ and if you share what you like with us ,I’m grateful.We can love clothes that we can’t afford.That can be a problem…if you could’nt live without it.To estimate some expensive things like haute couture,food,travels,cars …doesn’t make as blind to reality,misery and suffering of people.

  32. Sara

    June 13, 2013 at 10:44 am

    I’d spend $80 on a tee shirt if I loved it and would wear it a lot. I keep my things for years and years, if they work for me and I love mixing old and new things for a more unique look. But you lost me when you said it pilled. I wouldn’t be stocking up on tees that pill. To me, that’s not a good sign that these will go the distance and get better with age.

  33. MB@FabricUiPhoneApp

    June 13, 2013 at 11:00 am

    I’m not opposed to the occasional advertisement…and in fact, I found Sart’s obsession with this particular tee fascinating. How many of us stock up on undergarments, jeans just because we like the fabric, fit and how they wear? How many of regret not buying something while it was still available….that said, I love the fit of t-shirt I’ve sewn. It fits. It’s great fabric (unlike so many RTW tee-shirts…they practically become sheer after a few spins in the wash), and it’s a conversation starter. “You sewed that??” “Wow.”

  34. Monsieur Marcel

    June 13, 2013 at 11:23 am

    This isn’t a case of conspicuous consumption; rather, as Scott explained its function– this falls under the category of “tools of the trade.” It’s easy to take for granted his wonderful street photography and be unaware of the daily physical grind of finding those shots. He rides a bike in New York, for crying out loud! risking his life so we can enjoy his beautiful images. Whatever helps him feel and perform his best: money’s no object. The results are self-evident.

  35. Jake

    June 13, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Although I wouldn’t buy a tee for 80 bucks I can take the fact other people do, just as other people pay a lot for, let’s say LV handbags I consider totally ugly.
    While fashion by itself does not have to be elitary, high fashion and designer brands sure are and have always been, big deal.
    One thing I’d demand from an 80$ bucks tee is “green” background, though.

    • Lady

      July 3, 2013 at 10:52 pm

      Yup. Agreed. Thanks for this.

  36. New to You, Inc

    June 13, 2013 at 11:38 am

    There have always been many levels of quality in fashion, and it’s entirely a personal choice of how much you want/can afford to spend. At our shop, we love good quality and expensive labels, but as it’s designer resale, you can get the quality for much less. It ends up being a win-win situation! It really is about discretionary spending: Some people would spend it on a new iPhone, a new car or $60 a month at Starbucks. I do remember something about casting stones…

  37. long time reader

    June 13, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Where is it made?

  38. Lisa

    June 13, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Can’t believe the grief you’re getting here. Thanks for the post and your recommendation based on a textile weave, style, and comfort.

  39. will

    June 13, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    BTW Scott a T shirt is (most of the time) by definition a “knitted” garment usually made of some kind of jersey which is not woven but rather linked in the same way a sweater is. I do understand that you are pointing out that it is more substantial than a regular T shirt but it is one my little peeves regarding descriptions. Knowledge is power dude.
    The comments though are rather amazing especially regarding the pricing of said T shirt. Having not touched the T shirt I can’t attest to it’s price to value relationship but…..I would note that the description say a lot about the price. For example it is made with Italian yarn (a crepe yarn no less which adds to cost) and yarn dyed, as opposed to piece dyed or garment dyed hence it would automatically make it a more expensive garment since there is more to it in terms of quality, value and initial cost.
    That said you get what you pay for regarding anything and a cheaper T shirt likely won’t last as long as this one.

  40. Claire

    June 13, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    This is ridiculous. All you people criticizing him for his purchase should evaluate your purchase history. You may justify your $40 iPhone case or $100 Nike frees as ‘necessities’, but I could very well say the same “who would dare pay that much for a ___” that you said to Scott. You say, “Considering my income and current financial situation, I’d never buy spend that much money on a t-shirt.” Maybe not a t-shirt, but you’ve probably bought something else that others think is frivolous. Relax people–we are all materialistic. There is no need to make harsh criticisms.

    • Gwen

      June 16, 2013 at 1:48 am

      THIS. It’s his own prerogative if he wants to spend $80 on a “basic”, and get multiple pieces of each colour. He doesn’t have to justify to anyone how he allocates his expenses or prioritizes his spending.

  41. Sarade

    June 13, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Oh, wonderful to know – thanks for sharing! You can never have too many t’s, and I have been meaning to check out Club Monaco for a while now.
    https://www.etsy.com/shop/navarejewelry

  42. Terence Patrick

    June 13, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    “Expensive” is such a subjective thing. If one cannot afford or find value in a purchase, do not criticize those that can.

  43. dus

    June 13, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    i don’t know the quality of club monaco t-shirts. but generally to say, that a t-shirt that costs 80dollars is not worth it, is a little bit ignorant. you are all interested in fashion, but you know nothing about the manufacturing. try to find out, what a good quality yarn of 100% cotton costs, and then you will see, that the total production costs of a t-shirt (not made in bangladesch, china) will be much higher then 10dollars. try to understand what quality is… of course it may be, that it does not have the value for you, but thats another thing.

    • danny

      June 15, 2013 at 12:26 am

      BUT THESE TEE’s ARE MADE IN CHINA!

      • dus

        June 17, 2013 at 6:44 am

        i told it, i don’t know the quality of club monaco. and not everything what is made in china is bad. also not everything made in italy or made in usa is good… directly on my skin i prefer high quality, because its my skin.

  44. westcoasttiger

    June 13, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    I’ve said it previously elsewhere – fashion is a luxury, otherwise it’s just clothing. So the mention of a $80 T-shirt’ s value is relative; is a stylish coat or handbag worth more than $1,000? Or is it affordable to us? Two different questions. We are all here to enjoy people’s expressions through fashion and naturally those are inherently coupled with different value systems. However, Scott, I think your personal suggestion rubs some of us the wrong way because you are our eyes and barometer and have often championed the “street style” style rather than just runways; that’s at least how I came to find you via my Fancy app. I’ve only recently started following your blog but I’ve scanned a lot of your past posts and I can say the one that made me a fan was of the young girl on the streets of Mexico City, I believe, because more than anything it defined style as an attitude rather than a designer label. Perhaps her clothing was closer to just that, clothing, than fashion, but her manner and presentation of what she owned made a fashion statement to me – she cared about her look despite her scruffy sneakers. So perhaps the $80 Tee is a tipping point for a lot of us but we must remember as others have stated, it’s relative, and dollar signs are secondary to the way clothing makes one feel about themselves.

  45. Colin

    June 13, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    $80 for a tee shirt?! I call that getting swindled and pimped.
    I call that getting tricked by a business.

    Sorry I just had to. I honestly have no problem with anyone spending whatever thay want on clothes. I have a few items people would have apoplectics if they knew what the sticker was.

    Myself, I was pleasantly surprised by the short sleeve henley at Target for $12.99. I expect them to be abrasive cotton and lose shape instantly but those are soft and a decent cut and color.

    • Ernesto

      June 15, 2013 at 12:37 am

      Probably for this brand it would be considered swindled. But for other t-shirts for the same brand (i.e. Velva Sheen and Merz B Schwanen) it is not. The brands that I have said focus only on the quality on their product and completely disregard trends.

      • jen

        June 16, 2013 at 2:02 pm

        Add James Perse to the list. But Club Monoco? Nah.

  46. Ryan

    June 13, 2013 at 9:37 pm

  47. Molly

    June 14, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I’m sure the shirt is nice, but I could live on $79.50 for a week!

    • pz8402@gmail.com

      June 15, 2013 at 10:10 am

      Best reply so far. LOL. I said before I wouldn’t be paying that much for a shirt, but it’s not because it’s too expensive. I just think of all the food, transport, essentials I could get with that $ in lieu of the shirt or whatever other expensive item catches my eye.

  48. elise

    June 14, 2013 at 10:21 am

    if i may, their women’s vintage V-neck t-shirt is AMAZING.
    long and narrow.
    PERFECT V DEPTH.
    perfect feel.

  49. Nanna

    June 14, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Scott, you will wear these enough to get your money’s worth, so don’t let the naysayers bother you. You can wear them all summer, layer them the rest of the year. When I was younger, I often bought doubles of quality basics I knew I would wear and wear and wear, it just made dressing easier for a busy life. Now I’m retired, and if I have extra $ I would rather spend it on my grandkids. But I still love fashion and style. I could name a fashion blog that sells women’s clothes that has more expensive tees of lower quality. I also regularly visit another site that sells basic shorts for $175! I go there for inspiration, as I come here for inspiration. And I quite often shop at thrift and second-hand stores. But style – seeing there are people out there who care about what they look like – makes me happy. So – don’t let them get you down, Scott. You GO!

  50. brochacho texicaine

    June 14, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    i feel sorry for the people who think that $80 is expensive for a shirt. maybe you should get a new hobby.

  51. Rafael A. Castillo

    June 14, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    I won’t say it’s a veiled advert, I’m sure you love the knit Tee and it feels great, but I can’t say $80.00 is money well spent on something that’s basically a thin sweater that pilled after a day from your camera strap. I don’t think it’s worth $80.00 to spend on such a basic piece. Now, I’ll agree on spending $300.00 on a great pair of shoes that you’ll keep for 10 years or over $1000.00 on a great classic suit.

    I really do like your work and thank you for this blog.

  52. Luc

    June 15, 2013 at 8:53 am

    80$ per una t-shirt? Ridicoli siet ridicoli

  53. whymacaron

    June 16, 2013 at 3:20 am

    u people on one hand think that it is wrong to deprive the workers, to have blood sweat factories, to extract resources with wrong methods that would kill the environment, on one hand do not reflect that things are too cheap now (esp. in the U.S.), prices cannot reflect the true value of the goods anymore, I do think USD80 for a tee shirt is not cheap but can be reasonable if all the people involved in the supply chain were paid reasonably and the eco system is protected / not harmed (or brought to the lowest) during the production and transportation..
    afterall, it is a capitalist world, people can decide freely on how to spend thie hard earn money.

    also, agree to some of he comments above, funny how no one would react when super expensive fashion items are posted / introduced here, but a USD80 tee shirt can stir so much grievances

    weird

  54. Mouse

    June 17, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Please share more of your favorites. Much appreciated.

  55. Sophie

    June 17, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    I love Club Monaco T shirts but they pill like crazy and become really disgusting after one wash… So not a good investment, but they do look great the first time.

  56. James C. Taylor

    June 18, 2013 at 10:27 am

    I love Club Monaco but $80 for a t-shirt is nuts. I wouldn’t buy it even if I could afford it.

  57. Sunita

    October 7, 2013 at 7:17 am

    Great !!! Fabulous! it looks great …..

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