Years ago, while surfing one of my favorite style forums – trying to find a new pair of Japanese selvedge denim – I stumbled onto a short little video showing a very interesting method of folding a t-shirt. Ever on the lookout for new and exciting ways to optimize my life (yes, even when it comes to fashion), I tried it out. After only a minute, I was hooked; this technique had forever shaped the way that I fold my T-Shirts. Pretty profound stuff, right?
Whether you’ve got a closet full of designer T-Shirts featuring wild patterns and possibly 80s style airbrushed wolf silhouettes, or like to keep it simple with solid colored classic tees and streetwear, I think that you’ll find this “Japanese” way of folding T-Shirts pretty killer. If nothing else, it will save you time.
The Japanese, Supreme T-Shirt Folding Masters
Now, it’s not very complicated, but the motions are a little bit unusual. Instead of trying to explain through photos, let’s allow Sean Threthway to explain in this video tutorial. This isn’t the original that I saw so many years ago, but it is the highest resolution tutorial I could find for this.
Pay close attention to his hands, lest you screw up and uh… not fold your tee properly.
That wasn’t so complicated, right? If you haven’t already gotten the technique down solid, keep trying and you’re bound to nail it. I promise you, you’ll never go back to just tossing your shirts on the floor, kicking them into a corner, or dumping them haphazardly into a drawer. And that’s good, because…
Folding Clothes for Fun and Savings
There are many ways to fold a tee, but what really spoke to me with this technique is how practical it is. It’s simple and fast enough that next time you retire for the evening, you may think twice about tossing your Scotch & Soda shirt onto the floor, ready to be trampled. Clothes are expensive, and deserve better than than to be wrecked out of simple laziness. Fold them up nicely, put them away in their proper place, and if you’re set on wrecking your stuff, go play hard and ruin your clothes that way… don’t ruin them by washing them too much, or trampling them. At least this way you’ll get an awesome story out of the mix.
So, am I talking out of my ass, or is this pretty damn useful? Leave me a comment below and tell me what you think. If you’ve got some useful T-Shirt folding techniques of your own, or even some general clothing saving or organizing tips, then feel free to share those too. Chances are I’ll nerd out over them.