A look behind the curtain: How a Chive Tee is made (video)

Tomorrow, theCHIVERY’s Custom Cut & Sew Line will be released beginning with Offerman Woodshop. From here out, all Chivery Shirts will be a cut above every other t-shirt made out there. All Chivery Tees will possess consistent sizing and uniform fit – with the same familiar softness; all made here in the USA.

We’ve received thousands of emails from Chivers asking how a Chive Tee is made and we’ve always declined. But the more we thought about how much time, care, and extra effort goes into making each individual shirt, the more we wanted to show the Chivers how much we actually give a shit about the shirts you wear.

Enjoy the video…

  • Davidson

    I love how-it's-made videos like this

  • Ellen

    that was fucking funny, also nice to know the chive listens to our input πŸ™‚

  • #two

    green tees

  • Williamson Davis

    'If I ever met Bill I'd be a disastrous gravy train on biscuit wheels'

  • Ontario

    I dabble in the t shirt business and, from that perspective, these guys are doing it right

  • http://echogeo.wordpress.com/ echogeo

    too bad no Chivette was modeling the Hump Day line…

  • ilm

    This is awesome guys, glad to see American made products

    • UWChivette

      were all shirts prior to these not made in the USA?

  • SkyVader

    Can you make a line of thicker t-shirts to go along with your Hipster Thin ones? Some of us still want to be men in this world.

    • Mikey

      the new shirts are slightly thicker πŸ™‚

      • boob_cuddler

        Good because the old shirts feel cheap. For $30 I want a thick shirt.

        • Easyjokeguy

          ^ yeah you do!

          • http://twitter.com/ItIsDanTheMan @ItIsDanTheMan


    • Vet

      I agree. I am a….how do you say…plus sized gentleman and I prefer to not have titties bigger than my girlfriend.

      • Fred Flintstone

        maybe you should workout?

      • Wannabang

        I like the thin shirt, and I think it feels more comfortable and unique than the thicker ones. That being said, the thin ones make my pepperoni nipples stand out.

  • https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002381199399 Johnny Rodriguez Jr.

    Awesome…now get your asses to work and make more shirts so I can buy some already, geeez I'm tired of seeing "out of stock" every time I try and buy one.

    P.S. I hope your XXL is fluffy guy friendly and not a XXL meant for a 6'5" man who only weighs 185. I'm fluffy and I know it, but I don't need to be reminded by an "Athletic Cut' XXL shirt. Men who wear XXL are not "Athletic Cut" and I would really appreciate a "Man Cut" that is fluffy guy friendly.

    P.S.S that was a really long P.S. so I apologize in advance for not upholding the brevity of the P.S. code. Then again I can't really apologize in advance either because you won't really get the apology until after you've read through. So I apologize. What the hell was I talking about again……Oh yeah, make more fluffy guy friendly shirts so I can buy one already damn it.


      6 foot 5 and 185??? Ummmmmmm, that's not fluffy. Actually, that's kinda lanky πŸ˜‰. Unless of course you were being sarcastic. To which I raise my hand yet again for another "moron of the day" card

      • dude 2

        reread the post, then award yourself the moron card…

        • CASURFRGRL

          Awwwww Christ. Now I see it. *grabs SEVERAL moron cards*. I need a beer. Several beers

        • Kyle429

          Mr. Rodriguez is saying that he is "fluffy guy size" and NOT a 6'5" 185 lb. lanky dude, and that he hopes the new XXL size shirts will fit his aforementioned "fluffy" body type. πŸ˜‰

          • CASURFRGRL

            Thanks Kyle. It finally dawned on my dumb ass after the gentleman above commented. I appreciate you being “nice” about it, rather than being a jackass 😊

            • Kyle429

              No problemo. πŸ™‚

              P.S. – I'd gladly buy you the several beers you mentioned above, although I'd steal a couple for myself xD

              • CASURFRGRL

                If you are ever in NY or CA, let me know!! Love meeting fellow Chivers

                • Kyle429

                  :/ I live in VA lol.

                  • CASURFRGRL

                    Hmmmmm. Well if you find yourself planning a trip to NYC, give me a shout. I travel there frequently. 🍺

                    • Kyle429

                      Will do πŸ™‚

      • Johnnychingas

        Let me clarify for you…some men's t-shirts that are XXL are "Athletic Cut" and meant for tall lanky men who could realistically fit in a Medium, however too short because of their height. So they make what's called an "Athletic Cut" that is in reality a Large shirt with extra length to it and label it a XXL "Athletic Cut". If you read again…slowly…you will realize that I'm hoping the XXL shirts are a true XXL for a XXL Man and "NOT" an "Athletic Cut" style shirt for a tall lanky man.

        Don't worry….I'll buy you a whole stack of moron cards once they're made available. Now go color with your big crayons and stop licking the window.

        • CASURFRGRL

          I'd say “go f*ck yourself” for being rude, but I'm pretty sure those chapped hands of yours prove you already do.

    • The_Dood

      Wait, you want a shirt for "fluffy" guys to be referred to as a "man cut"? Did I miss something here?

      • https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002381199399 Johnny Rodriguez Jr.

        It's better than the alternative…."Fat Cut" or "Oversized"…..or my favorite "Husky".

    • Jeff

      Thank you! I was going to say (basically) the same thing.

    • Man_Boobs

      As a fellow fluffy guy myself, thank you. Even the XXXL makes my moobs look like they are DDD's, instead of the D's they really are.

      • Johnny Rodriguez

        My sentiments exactly. I know I got moobs, I just don't want my shirt to squeeze and lift them like a man bra. Us big guys gotta stand up to this injustice and fight back against the downsizing of our clothing and stand for what is right. I'm tired of having to hang dry my shirts in order to insure their fit for the next few wears. Yeah I know…..I could work out and slim down, but that's just too much work and it's obvious that I'm just too lazy. Besides I have drank too many beers and scarfed down way too many Double Doubles animal style to turn my back on this physique. Plus, my wife says I'm cute so there.

    • Armed_Salad

      "Awesome…now get your asses to work and make more shirts so I can buy some already, geeez I'm tired of seeing "out of stock" every time I try and buy one."

      AGREED! Shirts are always "out of stock"!!!!

      Less video, more shirts!


    • goatpunch

      You've got a point about the Size. I'm not one who necessarily thinks everything in the world should have huge people in mind because in my opinion, it's usually not cost effective to cater to a smaller portion of people, especially when they could change if they wanted to. That said, when you get an XXL, I don't think it would be that tough for some clarification on whether it's meant for a wide person, or tall, lanky person. As far as the stock, they keep it low on purpose. If everyone had a chive shirt no one would want one. They want to make sure you're serious about being a chiver, and that means getting the shirt isn't super easy

    • Dan

      I'm 6'5" and "fluffy" (as you so eleqountley put it) so I need it to be long and wide. Try making a XLT and a XXLT.

  • moses

    Neck lines do suck though. Sometimes I'm wearing my shirt and I have to adjust cause my right shoulder is showing all because of the big neck line on these shirts

    • Umm

      Your shirt is TOO BIG!!

  • Sampson

    my only real complaint was, after like 10 washes the neck gets a little stretchy. nice to know they are fixed

  • Leigh

    John will you whisper in my ear πŸ˜‰ I don't care what you talk about =P

    p.s. I agree its about time! I have like 15 shirts – okay idk exactly how many but a few are def odd shaped and the sz was inconsistent =/

    • Mikey D

      Turn down the volume and put your head next to the speaker B)

      • Leigh

        Lol πŸ˜‰

  • sfb101

    Well if the shirts are made in SF, Why you no have meet-up here!

  • chiver

    is the sizing going to change at all or be the same?

    • TCC

      Yeah that was a problem. Seemed sometimes i need a large and sometimes i need a XL

  • voonoo

    so the fucking neckline is fixed?

    • Kyle429

      I certainly hope so, as this was the only thing I didn't like about the shirts (well, the neckline and the price, but I luckily just got paid :D), and was the only thing keeping me from buying one (when available).

  • Bob

    This whole time I thought it was pronounced "shive"

  • You're Dumb

    Hey Chive, how about adding another shift to produce shirts so supply can meet demand.

    • Mike hunt

      But then they wouldn't sell out in 5 minutes which is half the fun of buying a shirt from them. Also that whole process was pretty automatic so I agree with you hahahah.

    • goatpunch

      If everybody had one, no one would want one.

      • waking

        agreed! keep the demand high so that everyone is always dying to get one.
        I somehow managed to get a few and they mean that much more to me that not everyone and their grandma are wearing them all the time

  • Nick

    Cool video, very interesting to see how you guys make them!

  • Hung Lo

    Not true. My cousins make in factory in VietNam

  • Liz

    Stop releasing shirts @ 12PST on Thursdays! I have a fixed work schedule (which is not near internet) and keep missing opportunities to buy a shirt!

    • BarrowsBOY

      Sometimes they release them at 5 in the morning. Pick your poison.

    • Hmmmm

      Tough shit?

  • AkSiiri

    John doesn't sound like I thought he would.

  • Hybrid

    instead of making videos like this, why not just make shirts? i can't remember the last time i didn't see an out of stock sign.

    pick up the damn pace, or have someone more competent in making sure shirts actually get made. i'm sure most people would agree to say they have been trying countless times to get a shirt and with no avail.

    if you can't simply do it yourself for whatever excuse hire someone exactly for that. SHIRT MAKING, not chump who does 3 shirts every hour and calls it a day.

    • You're Dumb

      What this guy just said. Actually meeting supply would pay back huge dividends………more site traffic, more revenue, more Chive Charity giving, etc…

  • Shay

    I'm glad you are fixing the shirt sizes!! My BFM and Canadian KCCO have shrunk 2 sizes too small… it makes me sad… I spent so much money and I can't wear them unless I wear a tank underneath! Also, I wish their necklines were lower… as do you I suppose… πŸ™‚ Just don't know if I can afford to replace the ones I have… 😦

    • Almoney13

      Hey Shay, If you are lucky enough to get your hands on some new ones, just hang dry them πŸ™‚ I've been doing that with my Canadian KCCO and it hasn't shrunk one bit… Maybe put it in the dryer on low with a sheet of fabric softener for a hot minute just to keep it soft!!

      • Shay

        Yea, I started doing that but it was too late 😦 Maybe I will grab another Canadian KCCO and hang it. My green KCCO hasn't shrunk and is super stretchy and lovely. I wish all of them were that material!

        Now we will have to see how the new undies hold up… hand washing is sooo tedious!

        πŸ™‚ KCCO!

    • Leigh

      I agree! My Original Keep Calm & Chive on Tee as well as DAR shirts did the same. The necklines on mine are also inconsistent – DAR really high like a guys neckline – Chivette tee low. Hopefully this will solve all of the issues!

    • dude

      Learn to laundry dip shit!

      • Shay

        Learn to use correct terminology dip shit! The correct word would be "launder"

        • Gersh

          If you put your shirt in a bag I vinegar for a hour or so it will help the fabric go back to the normal size, then wash it put it in the dryer on low. KCCO, nice rack.

          • Gersh

            Typing on the train on an iPhone sucks.

          • Shay

            I've never heard of that! I'll have to google it…

  • http://pepito115.wordpress.com pepito115

    Huzzah! While I love all seven of the shirts I've snagged, there are definitely inconsistencies with the sizing. Not a major thing, but it's nice to see you guys improving an already dope product, especially taking the time to listen to your customers. Very cool video, though I have to ask: when is the original Cat Saturdays going to be back in stock?

  • http://twitter.com/TXMattMabe @TXMattMabe

    LOVE THIS! Great job guys. Very well done, you guys have a killer video team. KCCO

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