A Perfect Black Tee and the New Rain Shirt

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Hey Everyone,

Most people think of "perfect" as an adjective, but here at Outlier we are more interested in perfection as a verb. Nothing is ever perfect and we are constantly in the act of perfecting everything we make.
Our Supermarine Rain Shirts are a great example. We are constantly testing variations, trying to get closer to that sweet spot where water resistance, breathability and weight merge into perfection. This time around we use a yarn dyed Italian woven version of our Supermarine fabric. It has a dense weave with lots of structure, but at 160gsm, it's wearable day and night during cooler seasons.
There is one item where we've stopped, or at least paused, in our quest for perfect. Our Black Ultrafine Merino T-Shirts are as close to perfect as we can imagine right now, we just can't find a better black t-shirt out there. The secret is in the fabric. The ultrafine 17.5 micron merino that we use is the best fiber nature ever designed and it makes a stunning next to skin fabric. Incredibly soft, but at 190gsm it's more durable than most of the flimsy merinos you see; it's also the perfect weight to wear all year round. It stays dry, wards off odors like nothing else and looks amazing. Merino takes dark dyes with an incredible luster and it makes a deep dimensional black that doesn't fade, even after years of wear. A Perfect Black T-Shirt.
Our Near White Ultrafine Merino T-Shirts, on the other hand, are far more modest affairs. Quite frankly if you want the perfect bright white t-shirt, it's probably cotton and someone else makes it. Merino fibers are naturally off-white, and while we've pushed our providers to make ours as white as possible, you can't bleach it out like cotton so it's not an optical white. We make it for much more pragmatic reasons; it's the best possible merino for wearing under a white dress shirt.

While we're at it, our Northeast Pivot Shirt is here in new colors and the price is just a little closer to perfect at $98. If you're looking to cover your lower half, we just got a fresh supply of Slim Dungarees

All the best,

Abe, Tyler and the Outlier crew


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