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Glad Hand & Co. Standard T-Shirt Review

This review is a piece of our  Great White T-Shirt Review series, in which we tested nearly two dozen plain white t-shirts to help you understand what’s on the market today. In it, we tested for qualities like fit, construction quality, fabric density, shrinkage, and see-through-ness, amongst many others.


What a strange piece of work this tee is, I am almost at a loss to describe it. It’s from a company I’ve never heard of before who’s based in Japan but “using American fabric” and “knitting in Japan”, and I haven’t even mentioned the Victorian-era homunculi adorning the packaging.

I included this shirt in our tests because it was the only one that met our standards available at Blue in Green. And their Standard T-Shirt is a solid entry not for what it does do, but more for what it doesn’t.

By The Numbers

  • Fabric: 100% cotton
  • Made in: China
  • Postwash Fabric Density: 1.64g/LI (Heavy)
  • Postwash Total Weight: 176g
  • Construction: Overlock side seams
  • Postwash Measurements (inches):
    • Front Length: 23.75
    • Pit to Pit: 21
    • Shoulder to Shoulder: 18
    • Hem Width: 20.5
    • Neck Width: 6.5
    • Sleeve Length: 8.5
    • Sleeve Height: 9
  • Sizing Recommendation: True to Size/Size Up
  • Shrinkage: 1.61%
  • Weight Loss: 3.30%
  • Price Per Shirt: $53
  • Available for $53 at Blue in Green

Fit

The shirt won’t win any awards for originality. It’s your standard shape that’s not too slim nor too wide, and drops the shoulders at the right spot.

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The body is a bit short for my liking and the collar rides up a bit high. It’s an odd proportion for how large the sleeves are in comparison.

Fabric

The fabric is where this tee really shines. It is a slightly off white color, although not nearly as noticeably so as the Knickerbocker and its hand is just as luxurious. Stretchy, soft, and supple, this is a tee that reminds you you’re wearing it by its pleasantness.

The drape is similarly dialed in. I think it would take a significant effort to make a wrinkle in this tee and makes me almost question that it’s 100% cotton.

The sheerness obfuscates our logo sticker well.

Construction and Details

From the outside, the details look minimal except for that creepy dude beckoning you on the woven label. There’s another one with care instructions on the hem. But what’s more impressive about this tee is just what works about its construction without you ever noticing it.

Yeah, it has side seams but there’s no puckering on the collar, the fabric doesn’t wrinkle, and they used blind stitches on both the bottom and sleeve hems but neither have the “flipping up” problem that nearly every other blind stitched tee in our test experienced. A lot of thought went into how this tee went together and it shows.

The Verdict

Glad Hand & Co. is a subtly strange company and they made a subtly strange tee. While the fit is only ok, the fabric is amazing and they put it together with period details in a way more workable package than nearly every other tee we tested. If you’re looking for a tee that looks normal on the surface but has significantly more going on under the hood, consider heeding the call of the guy in the bowler hat.

Consider if:

  • You’re 5’9″ and under (or at least have the torso of someone 5’9″ and under)
  • Fabric feel is very important to you
  • You currently iron your t-shirts but would rather not

Avoid if:

  • You want something more form fitting
  • That guy on the tag is gonna weird you out (because he weirds me out)

Available for $53 at Blue in Green


As mentioned, this was just one of many other reviews of plain white tees. Have a look at the full comprehensive review including all the other t-shirts.