The sister to our Long Sleeve Essential Tee, this short sleeve t-shirt was designed with the same attention to detail.
Following the same fit, fabrication and construction standards as our long-sleeved version, this classic black short sleeve tee is perfect for work or play. With the same great scoop neckline, this short sleeve tee for women looks great layered under your favorite blazer or tucked into a great pair of jeans.
As always, this robin b. classic is crafted with ultra-luxurious fabric that you will never want to take off. Who said a classic tee can't be luxurious?
The Story Behind The Essential Short Sleeve Scoop Neck T-Shirt
Short Sleeve Tee Inspiration
I have always loved a great short sleeved t-shirt. I have been known to stock up on my favorite tees; buying two of each style (long and short sleeved) in three or four colors (black, white, grey) at the beginning of each season. Truly, this tee classic has been a go-to item for me for many years and then the business behind women's t-shirts started to change. The classic short sleeve tee has become such a commodity, which caused a lack in quality. The silhouettes didn’t keep their shape and I found myself recycling them quicker than ever. I wanted something that was luxurious but easy. Clean and feminine. When I couldn’t find it, I started to draw it myself.
Why a Women's Short Sleeve T-Shirt?
The reason for the classic tee is simple. While working in the corporate world I would have numerous meetings with clients that would require me to “dress the part”. I would wear a blazer or cardigan over a short sleeve t-shirt so I had the option of taking them off when meetings got long and intense. Sadly, for mainstream retailers, t-shirts were not the focus, just something they had to carry. These t-shirts just didn’t hold up to numerous washings. They stretched out, lost their shape and many were see through. Honestly, I never really understood the “tissue” t-shirt. It was time for me to design my version.
I had some definite requirements. The first was the silhouette. This was a garment I wanted to wear to corporate meetings and at evening events. It had to be body-hugging and keep its shape. Being conscious of sustainability was also important to me. The tee had to be soft, luxurious and well made. This was not going to be an item I would wear one or two times and toss it aside. This classic had to be such superior quality that I would have it more than one season. It would be a wardrobe essential.
With all promising ideas come revisions. The first version of my women's essential t-shirt came with a few missteps. The first batch of short sleeve tees shrunk in the box (yes, they actually shrunk) and the fit was just a bit off. Happily, I found an experienced production partner in NYC and she is amazing. We have been along this journey hand in hand. Julie understands my vision, has interpreted my t-shirt designs perfectly and watches over production, which happens in NJ, (when I can’t be there) as if these tee designs were hers. We are truly invested in the success of robin b. (Yippee to women-owned companies and partners!)
The Result - The Essential Short Sleeve Scoop Neck T-Shirt
An award-winning garment! It was in July, as we were moving the store when we received this invitation to a party hosted by RI Monthly. It wasn’t until we arrived at this annual gala that we discovered we were voted Editor’s Pick for “Best Designer T-shirt” by RI Monthly. My partner Melissa will tell you, I had tears in my eyes and was speechless. It was so wonderful to hear that someone else loved our short sleeve t-shirt as much as I do.
The robin b. Design Process
It All Starts with an Inspiration
I wanted to offer the same short sleeve tees to my customers that I loved for my own wardrobe. When I went searching for women's t-shirts to carry in the store, I was surprised to find that there was a hole in the market. Those same short sleeve tees that I love were hard to find. When I did find tees that I liked they were either poor quality or luxury that was overpriced. That’s when I decided to design my own scoop neck short sleeve t-shirt.
It Takes Time
In this day of instant satisfaction and fast fashion it’s important to remember that producing high quality, well-made garments, like women's t-shirts, doesn’t happen overnight. Being able to have a hands-on approach and producing the garments in the US allows me to oversee all aspects of the tee design and supply chain process. The result: luxurious and essential short sleeve t-shirts that last season to season.
Price is Important
Traditional retail is filled with lots of “middle men”, which inflates the price of the tees we purchase. By avoiding the middleman our premium items can be offered to you at a fraction of the cost. As we have said, luxury designs should still be attainable.