Anti T-shirt medium indigo
Shown here with our Water Master Pants.
The first thing I learned while living in the mountains is that stretch fabric does not exist in nature. Who knew? That's because spandex is a man-made material made from fossil fuels.
At the time, I was writing the script for my TED animation, "The Lifecycle of a T-shirt," and discovered how polluting it is to make the average t-shirt. It left me depressed for weeks and inspired me to make its complete opposite.
So how can one design a t-shirt style without stretch, but still feel casual and comfortable? Alas, the open-back solution!
The fabric wraps around the shoulders, drapes dramatically in the back, and is held together by an adjustable neck tie. Perfect for a hot summer day when the warm breeze cools you from behind.
The cropped boxy cut is best worn with high-waisted pants, tucked slightly in the front for an effortless look.
Hand-embroidered contrast stitching sits atop hand-sewn french seams that follow the curves of the body.
Dyed in natural indigo six times over two weeks to achieve a deep saturation. As an herbal medicine, indigo is a natural antiseptic and cooling on the skin. Farmers wear indigo-dyed clothing in the fields because it repels insects and mosquitos.
The original prototype was made for a Smithsonian exhibition, took two years to perfect. It was the first style we made entirely by hand.