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13oz Shifter Tee LS - Natural Combo
Freenote - 13oz Shifter Tee LS - Natural Combo
When I tell you we've been waiting for this shirt for longer than we could handle, we mean it. It has been nearly 4 years since we first saw the shifter design. We missed it then, and we've been waiting not so patiently ever since. Well, it's finally here and we're in love. We love the combo of a plain pocket tee body with striped sleeves. It definitely lives up to its moto-centric moniker in that stripe sleeves have been a bikers uniform for ages. We like this more a fashion piece, but don't we always? We'll 100% be taking one of these home this time. We hope you will too!
- Custom open ended 13 ounce knit from USA
- Yarn dyed stripe
- Flat lock seam construction
- 1/8" double needle hems
- Custom label made in USA
- 100% cotton
- Small, Medium, Large, X-Large
- Sewn in USA
A variance of +/- .5" is within tolerance.
Fit Notes: Shop owner Tommy typically wears a small from Freenote. He is also wearing a small in the pictures. We wouldn't recommend sizing down for most of our customers, but Tommy likes the sleeves tight on these tees. We definitely recommend sticking with your true size here. It won't let you down. Tommy is 5'10," 162lbs with a 40" chest measurement.
The "Zero" fabric has been on our radar from the beginning. It's one of, if not the most famous Samurai denim. This is the original 5-button edition. They love this one so much, they send out stickers and pins to commemorate it. This fabric was first introduced in 2004 after a long development period. It broke many looms and many needles along the way. It is their tried and true. They've used an uneven No. 5 yarn for both the warp and weft for maximum fading potential. These things have a sh*tton of character. They finished it off with the gold and red selvedge ticker. We can not wait to see these fade.
The "Zero" fabric has been on our radar from the beginning. It's one of, if not the most famous Samurai denim. Well, this round they've done it with the zipper - another thing not often seen from Samurai. This is no ordinary zipper, it's a Scoville "Gripper" zipper. This fabric was first introduced in 2004 after a long development period. It is their tried and true. They've used an uneven No. 5 yarn for both the warp and weft for maximum fading potential. They finished it off with the gold and red selvedge ticker.
You already know if Samurai produces anything, they're not playing around. So would they do a chino any lighter than 15oz? Most likely not. These things are bonkers. They honestly might as well be a pair of olive selvedge denim, but they have a chino cut. The metallic silver Lamé selvedge line will make them feel even more so like your favorite pair of jeans. These might be unsanforized, but they've had a factory wash to alleviate almost all of that shrinkage. We simply had to see what a Chino from Samurai would look like, and we weren't disappointed. We absolutely love the fabric and we're enamored with the looser, super comfy fit. This is a wardrobe starter for guys looking to get out of their super tight selvedge denim.
How could we say no to these jeans? They have custom hardware designed to pay homage to jeans from the 1940s/50s. Their Otokogi denim is 100% Texas cotton known for its rough texture and impeccable vintage fading qualities. It's a short fibre cotton that creates the rough texture you see. Normally, those fibers are removed to make the cotton smooth, but Samarui adds more to ramp it up even more. They've also used 100% Texas cotton sewing throughout, something we rarely see these days. This denim is for the purist at heart. As the denim is spun at a high tension, even post soak/wash they will become even more stiff (luckily they're only 15oz to start, and not 25). This will result in some of the best fading denim on the planet.
We are absolutely blown back by this fabric. For one, it's not your traditional wabash stripe. They've used throwing stars for the pattern - an incredible idea. To us, the raw fabric is pretty contrasting up front. It can be hard to imagine how it will age. But luckily, they've done that for us and we think it takes the perfect amount of sting out of that contrast. It makes this shirt perfect for comfort and aesthetics up front. That's all not to mention that it's an indigo x black denim. That's what gives this shirt is beautiful, deep, shadowy indigo color. And if you look on the inside, you'll notice the fabric is a few shades darker...so when you roll up your cuffs you get to see that wonderful character. This shirt is simply stunning. We're so glad we brought it to the shop.