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The Rite Stuff Loopwheel Pocket T-Shirt – Navy


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The Rite Stuff make pre-WWII inspired workwear, ethically, in Japan. Manufactured using tubular knitting, the Loopwheel Pocket T-shirt is made in one of only two remaining loopwheel knitting factories. Coming in a mid-to-heavy weight cotton and a vintage cut, The Rite Stuff t-shirts are as good as it gets.

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About The Rite Stuff Loopwheel Pocket T-shirt

The Rite Stuff Loopwheel Pocket T-shirt is a new take on a classic style, taking the basic t-shirt and elevating it to new heights.

The t-shirt dates back to the early-1900s, when they were issued as part of the US Navy uniform to be worn as undershirts. By the time of World War II, t-shirts were being worn by naval personnel as outer layers. After the war, this entirely new, way of dressing caught on back home and the casual look took off.

Using these early pieces as inspiration, The Rite Stuff enlisted John Lofgren & Co. to help them produce a t-shirt that was authentic not only in terms of appearance and fit, but also manufacturing process.

Made in Wakayama, Japan, The Rite Stuff t-shirts are produced using a knitting technique known as loopwheeling, which refers to the manufacturing process in which fabric is knitted around a cylinder. The only tension in the fabric during the knitting process is the fabric itself, so the result is a low tension weave that retains the natural characteristics of the fabric used. Whilst the resulting fabric is the very best available, the process is labour intensive as a separate loopwheeling machine has to be set up for each size variation required. Loopwheel knitting is slow too, with only around a square meter of fabric being produced by each machine per hour.

The Loopwheel Pocket T-shirt is finished with a pocket inspired by those found on workshirts made by Reliance Mfg. Co. in Chicago from the 1910s onwards.

Key features

  • 100% cotton, loopwheel fabric
  • Mid-to-heavy weight, knitted in Wakayama, Japan
  • Tubular construction – no side seams
  • Washed once, expect no shrinkage
  • Pocket inspired by Reliance Mfg. Co. workshirts
  • Cotton brand tag, printed in Japan
  • Limited numbers, only 50 of each colour available worldwide

Small, Medium, Large, XL


Loopwheel Cotton






The Rite Stuff


The Rite Stuff Loopwheel Pocket T-shirts are true to size. They have been washed once, so expect no further shrinkage.

They come in a vintage cut so more boxy and shorter than today’s longer t-shirts, but we recommend choosing your usual t-shirt size. If you have any questions you can contact us at [email protected].

Size Guide



The Rite Stuff t-shirts have been washed once so expect no further shrinkage. Wash when needed on a 30 degree or cold wash. Hang dry. As with any clothes you care about, do not tumble dry.

Shipping & Returns

We want shopping with Those That Know to be easy. To make sure you’re completely satisfied with your experience with us we have a simple Shipping & Returns process.


We use Royal Mail to ship orders. We charge a flat rate shipping cost per order based on your location. This is:

  • UK – £5 (Delivery in 48 hours)
  • Europe – from £6 (Delivery in 3-5 working days)
  • Rest of World – from £6.50 (Delivery in 6-7 working days)

You can find out more about our shipping methods and international zones on our shipping page.


We’re happy to accept returns or exchanges of orders in new and unworn condition with original packaging within 14 days of receipt. To return your order, please contact us first at [email protected].

For more information about the process, see our returns page.