Posted on September 30 2011
A perfect t-shirt is becoming a staple look in fashion today. Whether you’re going out on the town and paring it with a high waisted skirt, wearing one into the office with a blazer and bold accessories or even just wearing it to bed, a perfectly cut, comfortable t-shirt is hard to find. For Patrick Michael, owner and designer of P-Three, the dilemma of finding the ideal t-shirt inspired his quest to design the perfect t-shirt for both men and women.
Just over a year and a half ago Patrick started conceptualizing the idea for his new project: a unique, eco-friendly, fashion forward company with a goal to produce well fitted clothing that looks and feels great on the body. Starting with fabric sourced from over 100 vendors both in the US and in China, Patrick researched various blends of cotton and eventually found that, in order to achieve a higher caliber shirt, with a better fit and maximum comfort, he needed to find a softer blend. This led him to bamboo weft fabric. After having samples made in both a 70% blend and 100% bamboo, it was clear that the more luxurious, more comfortable choice was the 100% bamboo version. With no formal fashion design training, Patrick learned about patterns, grading, marking, sourcing, and construction in order to create the perfectly fitting shirt. The first line from P-Three started as a classic fitted v-neck for men and quickly grew into multiple colors, fits and styles for both sexes.
Now after a year of perfecting styles and construction, Patrick has started selling at DDC Lab in New York’s Meatpacking District. With aspirations to start selling in more stores in NYC and eventually growing outside of the city limits, Patrick has started to innovate and collaborate with other designers to bring awareness to not only his own brand, but also non-profits in the New York area. This past April, Patrick teamed up with Terry Lewis, a New York based artist and designer, to create a custom design for GLSEN, a non-profit LGBT organization focused on national education and ensuring safe schools for all students. A generous portion of the proceeds from each shirt was given to support this great cause.
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Model: Sarah Deanna
Photographer: Eka Halim
Stylist: Lisa Luna
Hair and Makeup: Trinette Faint
Background / Setting: Zang Toi’s Apartment
Model: Randall Que Harris
Photographer: Patrick Michael/David Held
Stylist: David Held/Lisa Luna
Hair and Makeup: David Held