Short Sleeve Democracy

October 07, 2015

A RETROSPECTIVE OF THE MODERN T-SHIRT

Brave Star Selvage American Made T Shirt Organic Cotton with Selvedge DenimLike Jeans, the T-shirt has become one of the most universal pieces of clothing on the planet. The history and symbolic importance of the knitted cotton jersey is often overlooked, despite being a classic American icon and ultimate medium of branding in modern culture. Whether you have the budget of a president or peasant, everyone owns a t-shirt. Dropping Oct 7th, we'll be bringing the classic American staple to your doorsteps. Cutting out the middleman and making the aspirational attainable. Affordable American made goods; that's our mission. 

 

THE SHIRT BECOMES HERO 

Navy sailors in California began wearing the undershirts because the cotton had a faster drying time than the flannel material they were using for their button up shirts with collars. The undershirt eventually became so synonymous with the American navy that the ease of slipping on the shirts became known as the "american armhole." This eventually gave way to the 3/4 sleeve after orders to better cover their tattoos (which is maybe why all sailors had forearm tattoos?).

The lack of collar and open neck gave a sense of informality and attainability to the U.S. Navy, which was the pinnacle of "cool" during the WWII time thanks to government advertising hoping to entice more recruits. The shirt continued to entrench itself in war culture because of the many uses of the shirt: wash rag, knapsack, even white flag when necessary. Eventually more color dyes were brought in because white was too easy of a color for the military to see. By the end of WWII, the sight of people showing up in their 3/4 sleeve knitted jerseys became synonymous with hope and liberation and thus the t-shirt established itself as the symbol of democracy. 

Brave Star Selvage American Made T Shirt Organic Cotton with Selvedge Denim

The T-shirt entrenched itself as the new "American Cool," transcending social classes and worn by the likes of the working class, Elvis Presley, James Dean, and JFK. and it was no longer just aspirational, it was attainable to all. As a Sears ad in the late 1950's portrays: "You Shouldn't Be a Soldier to Have your own Personal T-shirt." We agree Sears, we agree. 

Stay Raw, 

Mik 





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SIZING CHART

  

The comparison to LEVI'S fit styles is merely a reference point for those unfamiliar with how our jeans fit since there is no industry sizing standard. Most people have at some point in their lives owned a pair of LEVI'S and is the greatest common fit denominator when trying to gauge jean sizing. Our pattern blocks are unique to Brave Star and have been developed and fine tuned over the years with our head pattern maker and could feel completely different on your body in comparison to a pair of LEVI'S due to fabric weight & composition. One other factor to keep in mind is that the single pair of LEVI'S that we purchased here in Los Angeles to measure and feature on our size chart is not necessarily indicative of how that same style of LEVI'S fits on you when you purchased it since we have found quite a large variance in their sizing depending on where the jean was manufactured, the weight of the fabric and the wash applied to the jean.                                        

Fit Model is wearing size 31 in all fits.

Please allow for a +/- 1/4" tolerance in the waistband vs listed spec.

SIZE 28 29 30      

BRAVE

STAR

31

LEVI'S

510

31

32 33 34 35 36
WAIST 14 3/4  15 1/4 15 3/4  16 3/4 16 17 1/4  17 3/4 18 1/4 18 3/4  19 1/4
F.RISE 9 1/2 9 3/4 10 10  11.5

 

10 1/4   

10 1/2 10 3/4 11  11 1/2
B.RISE 12 1/2 13 13 1/2 14 1/2 15 14 3/4 15 15 1/4 15 1/2 15 3/4
THIGH 10 1/4 10 5/8 11  11 3/8 11 1/4 11 5/8 11 3/4 12 1/8 12 1/2 12 3/4
KNEE 6 1/2 6 3/4  7 5/8 7 1/2 7 3/4  8 1/4 8 1/2 8 3/4

OPENING

5 7/8  6 1/8 6 3/8 6 1/2 6 5/8 6 3/4 7 1/4 7 1/2 7 3/4

INSEAM

34 34 34 34 32 34 34 34 34 34

 

 

                             

SIZE 28 29 30

BRAVE

STAR

31

LEVI'S

511

31

32 33 34 35 36 38 40
WAIST 15 1/4 153/4 161/4  163/4 16 5/8 171/4 173/4 181/4 183/4 191/4 201/4 211/4
F.RISE

9

9.5 10 101/2 10 1/4 11 111/2 12 12 121/2 13 1/2 141/2
B.RISE 12 1/2 13 13 1/2 14 13 5/8 141/2 15 151/2 16 161/2 17 1/2 19 
THIGH 10 5/8 103/4  11 3/8 11 3/4 11 5/8 121/8 125/8 123/4 131/8 131/2 14 1/4 143/4
KNEE 7 7 1/4 7 1/2 7 3/4 7 3/4 8 8 1/4 8 1/2 8 3/4 9 9 3/4 101/4
OPENING 6 1/2 6 3/4 7 7 1/4 7 1/4 7 1/2 7 3/4 8 8 1/4 8 1/4 8 1/2 8 1/2
INSEAM 34 34 34 35 32 35 35 36 36 36 36 36

 

 

SIZE 28 29 30

BRAVE

STAR

31

LEVI'S

505

31

32 33 34 35 36 38
WAIST 151/4 153/4 161/4 163/4 161/2

 

171/4      

173/4 181/4 183/4 191/4 201/4
F.RISE 10 101/4 101/2 103/4 12 103/4 11 111/4 111/2 113/4 121/4
B. RISE 123/4 131/4 13.75 141/4 143/4 141/2 143/4 15 151/4 151/2 16
THIGH 105/8 11 113/8 11 3/4 12 12 121/4  121/2 123/4 13 131/4
KNEE 7 1/4 7 1/2 7 3/4 8 8 1/4 8 1/2 85/8 8 3/4 9 5/8
OPENING 6 1/4 6 1/2 6 5/8 7 67/8  7 1/8 7 3/8 75/8 77/8  81/4
INSEAM 35 35 35 35 32 35 35 35 35 35 35

 

 

SIZE 29 30

Brave

Star

31

LEVI'S

504

31

32 33 34 35 36 38 40 42
WAIST 16
16 1/2 16 3/4 17 17 1/4 17 3/4 18 1/4 18 3/4 19 1/4 20 1/4 21 1/4 22 1/4
F.RISE 10 1/2 10 3/4 11 10 3/4 11 1/4 11 1/2 11 3/4 12 12 1/4 12 3/4 13 1/4 13 3/4
B.RISE 14 14 1/2 15 14.5 15 1/4 15 1/2 15 3/4 16  16 1/4 16 3/4 17 1/4 17 3/4
THIGH 11 1/4 11 5/8 12 12 12 3/8 12 3/4 13 1/8 13 1/2 13 7/8 14 5/8 14 7/8 15 5/8
KNEE 8 1/4 8 1/2 8 3/4 8 3/4 9 9 1/4 9 1/2 9 3/4 10 10 1/2 10 3/4 11
OPENING 7 3/4 7 7/8 8  8 8 1/8 8 1/4 8 1/2 8 5/8 8 3/4 9 1/4 9 1/2
INSEAM 35 1/2 35 1/2 35 1/2 32 35 1/2 35 1/2 36 36 36 36 36 36