Making the Perfect White T-Shirt

MR PORTER reveals the secret behind producing the perfect white T-shirt in a YouTube video, and it’s a fascinating story. “A white T symbolizes more than any other garment a sort of 21st century modernity,” explains Frances Walker, MR PORTER’s head of design. “It’s the one piece a guy reaches for time and time again.”

With something so pivotal, it’s imperative that it be of the highest quality. The process starts with a team of people in Spain who have 25 to 30 years of experience in the textile industry. The shirts start with weaving long staple fibres together to get the right material. Once a bolt of cloth is created, the cutting begins.

Mr P White Tshirt close Up

Based off of a pattern created by MR PORTER, each individual piece is cut out and then sent to a team of seamstresses, who sew each shirt individually. After the shirt has been put together, it goes to finishing. Here the labelling is done by hand, sewing each into the neck of the shirt.

A white T-shirt is a staple in any man’s wardrobe. Too often, it’s overlooked as a simple article, but a dedicated team goes through rigorous detailed work to create the perfect T for you.

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