A little bit ago, we brought you word of a new shirt showing up on Kickstarter, theÂ Lotushirt. Â Since then, weâ€™ve gotten a sample in, and weâ€™re back to give you our thoughts on this rather unique travel shirt.
At itâ€™s surface, theÂ Lotushirt looks like a shirt that youâ€™d wear for just about any situation – itâ€™s got some of that OCBD style to it (though itâ€™s definitely not oxford cloth), and the bright white means it goes with just about anything. Â The big kicker here is that fabric. Â 80% polyester, and 20% memory yarn, this feels rather unlike any other button-down shirt youâ€™ve had. Â However, if youâ€™ve bought any sort of wicking, quick dry shirt (or undershirt) from a sporting goods store, then youâ€™re on the path of the handfeel for this shirt.
Iâ€™m specifically thinking of some undershirts that I had for travel. Â While they didnâ€™t have exactly the same feel, there were similarities there. Â Lots of tiny holes, quite breathable and quick to dry, and you can see why this reminded me of them. Â Of course, theÂ Lotushirt has a few other tricks up itâ€™s sleeves. Â The first of those being resistance to stains courtesy of it not allowing water to really soak in. Â While I didnâ€™t try dumping coffee on myself, I did notice the water repellant nature of the fabric when I washed it (by hand for the first go though it is machine washable). Â Eventually water will make itâ€™s way in, of course, and you can wash it as youâ€™d expect.
Next, theÂ Lotushirt is fairly quick-drying (again, like those travel shirts I had before). Â However, if youâ€™re simply hand washing and wringing things out, quick dry is only part of the story. If you have to iron, then youâ€™ve got a different problem to solve. Â Fortunately for you, dear traveller, theÂ Lotushirt is relatively wrinkle-free. Â I found that I did want to do some touch up on the collar and cuffs, but otherwise, I was good with how it turned out (particularly if I was living out of a suitcase).
So, yeah, you can see how theÂ Lotushirt would be good for travel. Â If itâ€™s uncomfortable, though, thatâ€™s not going to do you any good. Â Given how stretchy the fabric of the shirt is, the comfort is definitely there. Â It also has a slightly slippery feel to it, which means the shirt – if itâ€™s not moving with you – will sort of glide. Â For me, this was the most present on the cuffs. Â If I was still, they were right at my wrist. Â Once I started moving, though, theyâ€™d lift up a bit. Â Not a problem, per se, but it makes for maybe a less perfect fit than one might hope. Â This was exacerbated moreso when I wore it under a sweater – the cuffs liked to sneak up under the sweater cuff.
When I was first looking over theÂ Lotushirt, I thought I would try pairing it to a tie, but thatâ€™s really not what this fabric is about. Sure, you could probably do it in a pinch, but I think it would look (and feel) odd. Â Instead, what I think theÂ Lotushirt is really intended for (if you couldnâ€™t tell) is for someone whoâ€™s traveling. Â Whether itâ€™s by plane, train, or bus, this sort of shirt is going to be a good companion. Â Youâ€™ll look sharp without being overdressed (paired to jeans, slacks, or shorts, youâ€™ll be good), and it adapts to a variety of climates. Â Add in how easy it is to wash and dry (say, in a hotel room sink) and youâ€™ve got a shirt that would quite easily be worn over a number of days in your travels.
Funding for theÂ Lotushirt is currently at 200%, with the campaign slated to close on June 2. Â You can pick up your ownÂ Lotushirt with pricing that starts at $59 with delivery expected for August 2018. Â While I wouldnâ€™t call theÂ Lotushirt quite a dress shirt, I think it would make for a very, very good traveling shirt. Â One might wish for slightly longer sleeves and some color choice, but for the first one out of the gate, I think theyâ€™re doing well here. Â project page