I have been keeping this item to myself. I admit it. I love it so much, I wasn’t sure I wanted to share with the crowd.
However, I have decided that you need to know about Duluth Trading’s Long Tail Henley T. It’s THAT GOOD.
I haven’t done an apparel review in a while, frankly there aren’t many things on the market worth talking about.
In my life before children, I worked in Quality Assurance for a large apparel retailer. It was my job to review first production samples and make recommendations for construction improvement.
Most of items I see in retail stores are low quality. With the down slide of the economy, garments just aren’t made the way they used to be. Cost cuts have been necessary in production and garments have a tendency to shrink, pill or bleed in the wash, or don’t fit well to begin with.
Many items currently on the market lack the small quality details that were once standard in the industry. Needless to say, I don’t shop very much anymore.
The Long Tail Henley is another story. Duluth Trading has an excellent reputation for their top quality construction. I have been to their store in southern Wisconsin, and I drool every time I am there.
My first impressions of the Long Tail Henley was that the colors were great, more than 13 colors to choose from! So many great shades, it was hard to choose which one was for me.
In the end, I was captivated by the Sea Port Blue. The knit fabric is a superior weight, it has great coverage, and didn’t shrink a bit in the wash. This shirt is 2″ longer than other T’s, it is well shaped and has a feminine look to it. According to their website, this fabric is also fade and pill resistant, and even has UPF 35 protection. A definite plus for those of us who love to be outdoors!
This shirt has 3/4 sleeves which I love. My arms are long and I love to be able to push the sleeves up and wear lots of bracelets. I noticed that the sleeves didn’t stretch out when wearing, which is one of my pet peeves!
A few designer perks, the 6 button placket is nicely finished around the neck and includes beautiful box stitching at the base. This keeps the placket from ever coming loose or developing a hole, not many garments are made this well.
The top stitching around the sleeve and neck are a definite bonus, these are small details that make for a lifetime of excellent performance.
I could own one of these in every color, and plan to order several for gifts this holiday season.