I feel like in some ways we’ve forgotten about the humble t-shirt. It’s always there, hanging around, being simple, yet awesome. Often reduced to Sunday afternoon in your trackies and slippers. But man, I love them. I would wear them all day every day if I could. However, sometimes it’s hard to find a good t-shirt. You know, one that fits perfectly and doesn’t fall apart or stretch after a few washes? It’s like a rare, casually dressed unicorn.
We’ve rounded up Sydney’s best shops to score some great t-shirts, from el cheapo basic goodness, to avant-garde cult label wildness. So regardless of the weather, like they always say, it’s t-shirt weather somewhere.
Bondi and Manly
If you’re after a local label that are willing to push things just a little, it could be worth checking out Assembly Label. Perhaps unsurprisingly, given their Bondi and Manly locations, their prints tend towards the nautical—Gaultier-esque stripes featuring prominently. They do some nice things with their fabrications as well, the slub knitting and cotton piquè standing out.
CBD and Newtown
If you’re just after basics, and aren’t we all, it’s hard to go past AS Colour. With a huge range of cuts, necklines, fabric, and colour choices, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find at least some-thing you like. A variable pricing scheme helps you to buy in bulk, if you’re a seriously loose cannon you can even order wholesale and not buy another t-shirt for the next five years. AS Colour can be found in The Galeries and down in Newtown.
One of the big success stories in Australian fashion over the last decade, Bassike have made their mark tweaking classic silhouettes. Leaning towards the oversized and slouched, they follow a commitment to high-end construction and sustainable manufacturing. Made in Australia from su-perfine organic cotton, they’re worth the price point. Bassike have stores in Avalon, Balmain, Mosman, Paddington, and can be found in David Jones as well.
Vanishing Elephant occupy a similar space to Bassike, offering modern updates on classic pat-terns and sits somewhere between a sort of clean modern Nordic look and old-school Ivy League prep. They’ve got stockists all over the shop—Incu, Maplestore, Clever Ain’t Wise—but it’s worth checking out their flagship at Westfield Bondi for the full experience.
You know what you’re going to get at Incu. Clean, fresh, modern, labels. Nothing too extravagant, nothing too flashy, all the little things done just right. Look out for shirts from the quintessential French label A.P.C; Norse Projects out of Denmark, and the Swedish Filippa K. Style, simplicity, and quality. That’s what it’s all about. You can find Incu Mens in both The Galeries and down in Paddington.
Harrolds stocks arguably the finest range of menswear in the country, so it’s well worth checking out to find some of the finest t-shirts around, both from Australia and overseas. Look out for the always fun pieces from the Comme des Garçons diffusion line, Comme Play Mens; bold prints from the French luxury house, Kenzo; and Japanese-inspired avant-garde looks from Sydney’s own Song for the Mute.
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Image credit: Incu Mens, Paddington