This company is really into T-shirts

Why Buck Mason bought a Pennsylvania factory to make T-shirts.

Everybody’s got a favorite T-shirt, but fashion brand Buck Mason has iterated on its humble design 50x in pursuit of “a superior T-shirt,” per The New York Times.

Three white T-shirts aligned in a horizontal row on a pink background.

The company, founded in 2013, now sells pants, button-ups, and other apparel, but its T-shirts account for ~30% of overall sales. The shirts aren’t exactly cheap, starting at $45, and featuring flattering details like curved seams and angular sleeves.

In December…

… Buck Mason purchased a Pennsylvania sewing factory and cloth mill previously owned by Stitch Fix, which halted production in October 2022 and laid off 56 employees — some of whom have since been hired by Buck Mason.

The operation produces ~10k shirts/month with plans to ultimately quadruple production.

It’s certainly cheaper…

… to outsource labor to other countries — but with a commitment to domestic production, Buck Mason can:

  • Entice customers who prefer American-made clothing.
  • Have more oversight and, thus, better quality control.

The latter seems essential for crafting the perfect T-shirt — though they do start at $45 each.

Is there a market for that?

Many Americans are shifting away from fast fashion, toward longer-lasting products with less environmental impacts. A 2021 report found fast-fashion retailers could face a 10%-30% decline in revenue over the next decade.

And while companies like Shein draw ire for cheaply churning out a boatload of options, companies do find success with less.

Case in point: Sustainable underwear brand Parade, recently acquired by underwear company Ariela & Associates International, was valued at $200m in 2022.

Topics: Clothing

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