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T-SHIRTs


KENCHEN Tenno Crew Neck Pima Cotton Tee
We all have them. Those reliable jersey tops with round or v-shaped necklines. They've found their way into our wardrobes as essentials at work, on the town or simply hanging out at the home.
 
To celebrate our introduction to the t-shirt industry we'd like to note of some history and iconic wearers of the classic fashion workhorse.
 
Surpassing the union suit as the preferred undergarment in the early 1900's, the T-shirt was first issued by the navy to be worn underneath their uniforms. Miners and agricultural workers then adopted it as a lightweight garment that could be worn in hot conditions.
Union Suit
UNION SUIT
Navy Solider in t-shirt circa 1940s
NAVY SOLIDER IN TSHIRT circa 1940s
Throughout the 1920s soldiers were commonly seen wearing just the t-shirt and their standard issued pants. It wasn't until 1950s that the t-shirt took center stage as a fashion item thanks to Marlon Brando's brutish and sexual portrayal of Stanley Kowalski in Street Car Named Desire.
MARLON BRANDO in Street Car Named Desire (1951)
MARLON BRANDO in Street Car Named Desire (1951)
From there the t-shirt exploded into popular culture and a staple of an American wardrobe. Supported by iconic images and larger than life personas this little shirt made it's way as a timeless fashion piece.
JAMES DEAN in Rebel Without a Cause (1955) 
JAMES DEAN in Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
 
 
BLONDIE circa 1970s
BLONDIE circa 1970s
JOHN LENNON (1974)
JOHN LENNON (1974)
MICHAEL JACKSON
MICHAEL JACKSON
KURT KOBAIN poses with Nirvana bandmates Dave Grohl and Krist Novoseli.
KURT KOBAIN poses with Nirvana bandmates Dave Grohl and Krist Novoseli.
ASAP ROCKY (2015)
ASAP ROCKY (2015)
How do you wear your T-shirts? Let us know!
Now available: KENCHEN Tenno Crew Neck Tee

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