All of Andersen-Andersen’s designs are direct reinterpretations or variations of original naval sailor apparel. But while many brands doing a similar sort of thing tweak the designs for a modern audience, Andersen-Andersen isn’t quite so concerned about that. That’s why most of the brands items are completely symmetrical — because that’s how they were made way back when. And if they were good enough for those poor souls that braved the seas, well darn it, they’re good enough for us, too.
Apparently the whole symmetry thing had to do with putting your clothes on in the darkness of the seas before sun-up — no hassle to putting it on wrong if there’s no difference between the front and back. Also important to note, keeping it real relates to boat clothes too.
Authenticity aside, this is a pretty hardy tee. The shirt employs a fully fashioned, GOTS-certified 100% organic cotton single-jersey gauge 12 fabric. If you thought the fabric was unique (it is) the lack of raw inner edges is even more rare in a tee. The shirt is linked together and reinforced by bar-tacks on all assemblies, has a regular fit, and is made in Italy. Tee’s are having a moment, and amongst a litany of other high-price offerings, AA is offering something may actually be worth the price tag.