I made the necks high because all t-shirt necks tend to stretch out and flop eventually, so I front loaded the process. You will thank me when the neck is just perfect for the majority of the T-shirts life.
I also made the shoulder seams short for no other reason than making the wearer look buffer than they are.
I made the short sleeves long enough to reach your elbows because I am from London where it isn’t exactly tropical. You can always role the sleeves up in the tropics.
Thirdly I made all my T-shirts a bit oversize because I always buy a T-shirt at the right size, wash it, and end up with a T-shirt that is too small.
I used 190grm Cotton because these are Man T-shirts after all. Although my girlfriend has one and I can vouch they make quite good summer dresses (especially because of all the details mentioned above and below).
On the back I removed the side seams and just made one seam down the centre back. This gives it a nice shape and stops the T-shirt from twisting.
I also gave it a shoulder yoke to make the whole thing sit perfectly as if slightly tailored.
All the models are wearing size M. On average they were about 6’2 tall. I am 6’2 as well but prefer an XL because I am just a normal guy
You can read about the origin of all the prints or even buy them here !!
For AW15 the entire Mr. Hare Sneaker line is made from Vegetable tanned Vachetta leather.
I have always been a big fan of vachetta not just for it’s ecological qualities, but also because of the way it looks, handles and ages. I have always been of the opinion that there are no shortcuts in life. Everything worth having is worth striving and waiting for. Vachetta is the same. It is tanned without the use of Chromium Sulfate, a chemical used in 80% of the worlds leather tanning which speeds up the process and makes the leather more maliable to further processes. With Vegetable tanning, at the end of the process, we don’t have a deadened uniform leather, we have a natural, honest leather where every piece has it’s own unique characteristics. That leather then goes on to age and patina in it’s own unique way.
There are many times I have opened a box of vachetta shoes and found the left shoe a slightly different shade to the right shoe. Over time the Patina evens out and their idiosyncrasies become a huge part of the charm of those shoes. I have many customers who will vouch for this process.
Vachetta requires a bit of care, because it needs to be waxed to protect it from water. There are many products on the market to care for Vachetta, but I recommend a pot of Mr. Hare PLAN BEE Neutral bees wax polish (on any colour) and a regular polishing. If you give them a quick polish every week you would have little to worry about. The wax will keep the water out, but will also remoisturise the leather should they get wet. If it does get wet, it is imperitave that you let it dry naturally.
DO NOT DRY ON A RADIATOR OR IN HEAT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES !!
Here is what Wikipedia says about Vegetable tanned leather.
Vegetable-tanned leather is tanned using tannins and other ingredients found in different vegetable matter, such as tree bark prepared in bark mills, wood, leaves, fruits, and roots. It is supple and brown in color, with the exact shade depending on the mix of chemicals and the color of the skin. It is the only form of leather suitable for use in leather carving or stamping. Vegetable-tanned leather is not stable in water; it tends to discolor, so if left to soak and then dried it shrinks and becomes harder. In hot water, it shrinks drastically and partly congeals—becoming rigid, and eventually brittle. Boiled Leather is an example of this, where the leather has been hardened by being immersed in hot water, or in boiled wax or similar substances. Historically, it was occasionally used as armour after hardening, and it has also been used for book binding.
Vegetable-tanned leather does not contain any toxic substance harmful to man and is highly tolerable for those who suffer from metal related allergies.
Vegetable-tanned leather productive cycle is strictly monitored to ensure a low impact on the environment:
No animal is killed for its skin. On the contrary, the raw hides used by our tanneries are the discarded by-products of the food industry producing meat for human consumption.
Being tanned with natural tannins, a vegetable-tanned leather object can be easily disposed of at the end of its life, thanks to its chemical-biological characteristics.
Our tanneries have made huge investments in depuration systems and waste recycling that make them work in full respect of man and the environment.
Many of the substances used during the tanning process are recovered, recycled and reused in different fields. Hair removed from raw hides is transformed into agricultural fertilizer; sludge produced by the depuration plants is reused in the construction field to make bricks.
Vegetable-tanned leather, recognizable from its trademark, does not contain any toxic substance such as azo-dyes, nickel, PCP or chrome VI