JCPenny discontinues the Towncraft undershirts. But, the brand’s 50/50 undershirts have a huge fan-following. If you’re here, you’re probably wondering where you can get some of those original tees.
Keep reading because you just might find what you’re looking for below!
Looking for an undershirt just like the Towncraft 50/50?
Check out the Retro Fit undershirt line from RibbedTee.
These original Towncraft undershirts were great, but for some reasons JCP stopped making them. From time to time, you may be able to find some on eBay, where they normally sell for $20 – $35 USD.
If you want a little more background on these tees, read below.
— Original Article on Towncraft Undershirts–
Ever since I mentioned the TownCraft undershirts, I’ve gotten about 50-75 emails from readers who are in search of these undershirts.
While I don’t have any direct personal experience with wearing them, it’s pretty obvious that they must be good!
So, in true Tug form — I’ve begun the quest — the quest to find the last remaining TownCraft undershirts on earth!
If there are any available, I’ll find them.
I’ve emailed friends in the undershirt company business and they have started emailing folks.
I’ve emailed fabric manufacturers, JC Penny headquarters, hell — I’ve even emailed some overseas garment manufacturers in hopes of tracking them down.
I did find some on eBay recently, and the last auction for a package of TownCraft XXL undershirts ends in about 20 minutes!
Now, I could use some help from you.
If you know ANYONE who knows ANYONE who can get their hands on some of the original TownCraft undershirts (not Stafford), please let me know immediately.
They could be left overs from flea markets, extra unsold inventory, etc. I’m sure the folks who have emailed me would greatly appreciate it.
Also, if you used to wear TownCraft, but now have found a suitable alternative, please let us know what you found, by way of posting a comment here.
I’ve got some feelers out in this area as well.
Check back here often (or subscribe to the RSS) on our progress.
I’ll post updates as I receive them!
Update #1 on Towncraft 50/50 Undershirts:
I sent an email out to the folks at Wellman Inc., the company that manufactures the Fortrel® polyester present in the TownCraft undershirt 50/50 blend.
Receiving such a prompt response from the folks there was impressive.
Unfortunately no luck with tracking down TownCraft, but their recommendation was to try out the Fruit of the Loom 50/50 tees which contains the same Fortrel® polyester fabric as the TownCraft.
They also said that they weren’t going to be available very much longer due to a recent announcement that the company is exiting the polyester staple fiber business.
I did a quick scan, and I found some Fruit of the Loom 50/50 tees on Amazon.
Thanks to the folks at Wellman for the information and the quick reply!
Mrs. Tug located a package of TownCraft v-neck medium undershirts.
This is kind of lame, but expected.
A friend of mine received an email from the JCPenney Stafford Brand Director who said the following:
The Towncraft underwear has been updated and improved…..now known as Stafford® Essentials Cotton/Poly.
You can find this underwear in stores or online.
Duh, we knew that already.
My friend emailed him back with some additional questions on Monday (10/06) but has not yet heard back from him yet (nearly two days later).
Got an email from a reader who shared the following:
JCPENNY is now selling a new line of Stafford Essential undershirts that have the same 60-40 blend that the much sought after but discontinued Towncraft blend once had.
They are awesome!
I’ve been searching for a long time for a replacement for the Towncraft shirts.
This is it– and quite affordable. I bought 8 v-necks on sale for 25 bucks yesterday.
Pass it on!
Note: This is awesome news, but I have heard from other readers that they have also tried the Stafford Essential undershirts in the past and haven’t found them to be an equivalent replacement to the original Towncraft undershirts.
However, I really couldn’t say if they were talking about the former 100% cotton Towncraft undershirts or their 60/40 cotton/poly blend undershirts.
So for those former 60/40 Towncraft undershirt wearers, if you have also tried the new Stafford blend, please let us know if you are as satisfied with them as this reader!
Confirmed. The new Stafford 60/40 are not a suitable alternative.
I now have some vintage towncraft 50/50 and stafford 60/40 in my possession and they are definitely not the same.
The Towncraft 50/50 is far more comfortable.
A reader might have gotten a line on one of the original 50/50 Towncraft undershirts that is in near new condition – only washed once.
Here’s a picture. Look familiar anyone?