Started by artist and designer, David Castle, in Columbus Ohio (that’s America) Chop Shop Wear is not a graphic t-shirt store. It is a pocket t-shirt store and every t-shirt is unique.
In a world filled with mass-produced pony and alligator shirts, we present the Chop Shop Wear alternative: unique, individual and truly one-of-a kind Pocket Shirts. Designed and made by hand right here in the USA.
First of all, I’d like to say that I do know that unique and one-of-a-kind have the same meaning. It’s a quote! Chop Shop Wear was launched in early 2013.
Chop Shop Wear T-Shirt Review
The t-shirt I’ll be reviewing today was created from what I believe to be a Next Level Apparel blank along with material from a designer brand shirt. What that brand is I don’t know and I don’t really care. We have a nice tee here so does it really matter if the pocket came from Versace or some unknown brand. Perhaps for some.
This is a heather navy v-neck poly-cotton blend t-shirt. Very soft and hangs nicely. The pocket is a beautiful piece of fabric (perhaps the brand does matter after all) of greenish blue (or bluish-green?.) There is a small band stylishly placed near the top of the pocket with three lines of intertwined orange and white thread stretching from left to right. Upon the band there is a small onyx shell style button.
The only criticism I have about the shirt is the stitching on the pocket. It’s not equidistant from the edges.
We search online and in person for fabulous, previously-owned shirts in a range of luxury-brand designers. From these “chop” shirts, we hand cut pockets and then expertly sew them onto our quality tee shirts, hoodies and polo shirts.
Of course I am just judging from one shirt but I think the sewing could be better. That said, you would need to take a close look to notice and it would be kind of weird to have someone’s face in your chest checking out the stitches.
The tee is a bit baggy for me. It’s a large and I wear a medium which is a pity as this is definitely something that I would wear.
OK, the pocket stitching is not my only criticism. I don’t really like the tag on the hem of the shirt. It is a small piece of branding with Chop Shop Wear printed on the front and the url printed on the back (actually inside the shirt). My criticism is this, they have a great tee with a beautiful pocket that gives it a premium vibe but then they have this cheap-looking purple tag sewn on to the hem. It’s not awful but I think they can do better.
They have a very nice modern simple website with a responsive design. Yes, it looks pretty good on my mobile phone too. (Powered by Shopify) It has a simple and easy to follow navigation. They display their tees as pockets because that is how they are sold. First find the pocket you like and then choose the t-shirt or top you would like it on and there is a lot to choose from which brings me to…
There is a pretty decent selection. From what I can see there are over 20 pockets to choose from and there is a variety of tees/tops to choose from. First pick the pocket and then choose the shirt.
- Short sleeve tee – crew neck [60/40 cotton/poly blend for supreme softness]
- Short sleeve tee – vee neck [60/40 cotton/poly blend for supreme softness]
- Long sleeve tee – crew neck [100% combed cotton]
- Long sleeve hoodie [50/25/25 poly/cotton/rayon blend for supreme softness and a hip fit]
- Short sleeve, 3-button polo [100% ring spun cotton slub]
Each shirt style has the following colors currently available:
- Short sleeve tee – crew and vee neck: Black, White, Heather Gray, Charcoal, Storm Blue, Coffee Bean
- Long sleeve tee – crew neck: Black, White, Gray
- Long sleeve hoodie: Vintage Black, Heather White, Heather Gray, Storm Blue, Coffee Bean
- Short Sleeve Polo: Black, White, Storm Blue
I didn’t type all that out, just a copy and paste but I thought it was the best way to show how many options there are for your pocket tee. I wish they showed larger images for the blank clothing. It would be nice to get a better look at what you are buying. The pocket close-ups are pretty good and I understand that they are the selling point but I still think people would like to see more of the main body before they buy the shirt/hoodie.
Prices for the tees start at $35 and go up to $75. $35 dollars is a pretty good deal for this shirt I think. While it seems they make about 50 pockets from one shirt, they are all unique. $35 for a good quality stylish and unique tee is a steal. I think they $45 hoodie is an even better deal but from the tiny image I could find I don’t think it’s a hoodie that would keep you warm in the winter. The polo tees are also $45 and I imagine they are something you could easily wear to semi-formal events.
$75 is what they charge for tees they consider special. The call them VSP – Very Special Pockets.
I know i criticised a the stitching on the pocket and the tag on the hem but I love this shirt and this concept. The shirt itself is soft and comfortable to wear and looks stylish. They have a good selection in a store that is easy to navigate. I think they can do well.
Thanks for the review! We’re glad you loved Chop Shop Wear and the Pocket Tee you reviewed. We’re always looking to improve things here in our Shop. While there aren’t any sewing robots on staff to match the perfection of a $400 Versace shirt, each Pocket we make is envisioned, cut, and formed by hand and carefully sewn to best present the individuality of each Pocket. And, while we like our purple hem tags, we ARE looking around for something a bit softer!
Finally – pick your Pocket and tee and send us an email… we’ll send one out in Medium so you can enjoy wearing a Chop Shop Wear Pocket Tee!
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