Has Banana Republic ruined their popular Pima Cotton Tee?
Has anyone reached out to you regarding Banana Republic changing their perfect Pima premium undershirt to a horrible performance undershirt?
Check out the reviews to see how everyone is complaining about them (link)
Now looking for a replacement which had the same higher v neck, thicker material, and looser (on the tummy) fit.
Here’s a pic:
Banana Republic Pima Cotton Tee
good to hear from you buddy and thanks for your question!
i had not heard that the banana republic pima cotton tees had gotten worse, so thanks for sharing that news with me.
in looking back, i see the blends banana republic used to use was a pima cotton / lycra (or spandex) blend of 96/4 or 95/5.
now the blend is pima cotton & modal.
i could see how that could make for a lighter t-shirt, but personally it sounds like a blend i would like.
of course, it may be of shitty quality, so that’s not good at all — but the blend itself is pretty solid in my book, so i wouldn’t blame it on the blend.
as a t-shirt, the weight should be heavier, but there are lots of guys that like lighter-weight tees, so maybe banana republic is trying to get ahead of this transition, but isn’t delivering a quality product.
unfortunately, it sounds like they’ve disappointed a lot of prior customers with the change to a lighter blend.
the photos on your twitter didn’t seem to help much.
i couldn’t discern why the new banana republic v-neck pima cotton / modal tee shirt was worse than your old one from your photo.
if you’re looking for alternate v-neck t-shirts, you should check out this article:
you’re bound to find some good options in that article (:
if you find something from that article that you love, be sure to email me back and let me know which one it was!!
Tighter Fit, Deeper V-Neck
Shahryar got back to me with some additional thoughts:
Wow, what a detailed, thoughtful response.
I wish I took better pictures of the old Pima undershirts alongside the new ones.
I could live with the lighter fabric if I needed to.
In fact, BR a decade or so ago had another great undershirt which had Lycra for a stretchy effect AND a neck that didn’t get bunched up.
It was rolled up – I think the correct term is ribbed? I’m not sure.
The shirt was very light. It didn’t last long but I loved how it sat underneath other shirts.
But it was the combination of the larger/deeper v-neck and tighter fit on the tummy that made the new “Pima performance tee” a deal killer.
I took the new undershirts back.
I’ll definitely check out the alternatives you linked to and let you know what works out for me.
Thanks again for taking the time to respond. I’m definitely sharing your site and FB page.
On your end, I think a post addressing the new BR undershirts with what you said to me could definitely get some reads because there’s a lot of people out there shaken up by BR’s move as you saw in the comments.
Looking forward to talking to you again. Thanks for the site.
You’re doing God’s work with it for us men.
Banana Republic Pima Cotton / Modal Tee
Have you tried it? Were you a fan of the Pima / Spandex version?
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