Normally, I feel I do a pretty decent job in locating hard-to-find products or undershirts that folks email me and ask about. Sometimes it’s takes a little while too, but eventually we find answers with help from others.
In this case, while I did find the answer to this reader’s question, even though it was not what he wanted to hear, I just had to share it here.
Why, you might be asking? Well for three reasons:
- To help others who might visit here looking for the same thing
- Just in case someone out there can help us locate something similar to what the reader is searching for
- To applaud the efforts of Jockey International for helping locate the definitive answer
Been looking to find Vintage Ribbed NYLON tanktops for a long time that Jockey used to make. Any suggestions?
The Research & Response
i did a little digging and reached out to a couple sources that i know specialize in vintage innerwear (undershirts, underwear, etc).
once source (vintageskivvies.com) came up with a couple vintage tanks – (1) boys xl & (1) mens xl. photo below. unfortunately they are not from jockey and are not ribbed. see eric’s note below – he’s never seen any ribbed nylon tanks over the years.
the other vintage clothing source is fogey unlimited, but i could not locate any nylon ribbed tank tops on their site. i did email them, but i have not yet heard back from them.
i have also sent inquiries to some other contacts who might have a line on what you’re looking for, so if i hear of anything, i’ll be sure to let you know.
in the meantime, check out the information below from vintage skivvies. hopefully, in time, we’ll find you what you’re looking for!
Jon’s reply –
thanks so much…I already have a few of the non ribbed ones….I saw a guy wearing one here in Miami ..he did not speak english that well…and from what I understood he bought them in the Dominican Republic…I think Jockey or other companies might still make them but only sell them in the Carribean or Central America since Americans no longer buy them….oh well..I will keep looking…but again Thanks…..
I forwarded the email chain over to my super fantastic partners over at Jockey International, and it was forwarded over to a director there who gave us the skinny on the product!
Holy Cow!!! What a memory!
He’s referring to style 1632, the Classic Ribbed Nylon Tricot A-shirt…introduced in spring of 1989 and retired [discontinued] in fall 1991. It’s so far gone that’s it’s not even in our CRS Knowledgebase.
However, the non-ribbed version (1631) is in Knowledgebase (see below). It’s more of a muscle tee. Yet when we talk to interested customers about this (they seem to be older senior citizens), they usually end up settling on the Classic A-shirt, even when we’ve had muscle tees. It seems “classic” people like Classic products (won’t try other more modern synthetics, microfibers, etc).
Hope this helps!
There’s no way we could have helped this reader with his inquiry if it wasn’t for the incredible support I get from the entire team at Jockey International. I’ve always been a huge fan of their undershirts, and without a doubt, I’m also a big fan of the organization as a whole.
I hope my friends over at Jockey will forward this on over to CEO Debra Waller so she knows what a bang-up job her folks are doing for us little people!
10/04/11 – A reader (Luis) stopped by yesterday and gave us a real treat! Luis let us know the name of these vintage nylon ribbed tank tops from Jockey were called Thorobred and he also sent us this photo!