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Bella + Canvas 3001 Unisex T-Shirt Review - What Makes It Superior?

October 20, 2018 7 Comments

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Karma Inc Apparel Reviews: Bella + Canvas 3001 Unisex T-Shirt 

The Bella + Canvas 3001 Unisex T-Shirt is hands down our favorite T-Shirt to work with. Time and time again, we return to this style and here’s why…
It’s humbling to think about the journey that Karma Inc Apparel has undertaken. Back in 2009, we were wide-eyed, bushy-tailed and ready to take over the world. In 2018, we are wide-eyed, bushy-tailed and ready to take over the internet. We have seen partners come and go. We have been fortunate enough to meet and work with some incredible people, and we have been able to have the experience of working with a lot of different fabrics and materials and we would like to share some of our opinions on the best of the best, and why day in and day out we continue to use the 3001 unisex sized T-Shirt from Bella + Canvas.

The Bella + Canvas “Be Different” slogan is catchy and it’s nice to see a company who truly strives to live up to the expectations they set with the public.


Bella + Canvas

Bella + Canvas is based out of Los Angeles and has spent the last 20 years working on innovative ways to make sure that they can provide retail quality T-Shirts to the wholesale market. Where most companies would see insurmountable challenges when trying to keep every step of their process in the United States, Bella + Canvas simply changed the definition of insurmountable.

The entire sewing floor in Los Angeles, CA is completely solar powered. They have devised methods to reduce costs and their carbon footprint by creating a dye process that uses little more water than flushing toilet for every pound of material while other garment manufacturers use up to 15 gallons of water.

The Bella + Canvas “Be Different” slogan is catchy and it’s nice to see a company who truly strives to live up to the expectations they set with the public. All these combined things allow the company to employ more than 800 people and proudly say “Made in America”. 

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The 3001 Unisex T-Shirt

T-Shirts, in general, have been in most of our lives long before we can remember. We have grown so accustomed to them that it easy to fall into “A T-Shirt is a T-Shirt” mindset. I was one of those people until I first put on my favorite T-Shirt, a brilliant bright red Karma Inc Apparel T-Shirt.  I remember seeing it for the first time and just being blown away at how tightly knitted and smooth the cotton was.  I enjoy wearing a plain white T-Shirt as an undershirt, and I slipped the T-Shirt on over my undershirt and the fit was so perfect.  I am 6'1 and around 190 lbs. and the size large made me feel good wearing it.  I love that feeling when you feel good in your clothes.


Bella Canvas describes their T-Shirt:

This updated unisex essential fits like a well-loved favorite, featuring a crew neck, short sleeves and designed with superior Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton that acts as the best blank canvas for printing. Offered in a variety of solid and heather colors


3001 Unisex T-Shirt Sizing

Sizing is exceptional with the 3001 Unisex Tee. In our past experience with unisex shirts from other manufacturers – Men looked funny with a fit that was too small and the same size for a female created what can best be described as a ‘frumpy’ appearance. It was hard to avoid so a large number of print companies avoided these shirts.

There was nothing worse than having an amazing design, an excited customer and an opportunity to blow them away only to give them a final product that didn’t fit how it was supposed to. Now with the prevalence of E-Commerce, with the expectation of speed and quick service, it is becoming increasingly harder to offer the all-important WOW! Factor that creates lifelong customers.

The 3001 from Bella is cut and sewn by humans and is one of the only shirts in our experience that offers honest Unisex sizing. I am 6’1 and weigh 190 pounds and I am wearing a size large Bella + Canvas 3001 T-Shirt as I type. The sleeves are a great length and the shirt comes down and covers half of my rear end – but the sizing is not the most impressive feature.

Airlume Ring-Spun cotton is the top dog.  It is the highest quality ring-spun cotton can be. Bella + Canvas comb their cotton longer than other clothing manufactuerers, removing up to 2.5 times more impurities from their final material.

3001 Unisex T-Shirt Material - Where the Goods Live

Bella + Canvas boasts that the 3001 is created using 100% airlume, ring-spun cotton. Fancy words, but do you have any clue what it means? Let’s shed some light on that.

First, what is ring-spun cotton?  Well, I am glad you asked!  Ring Spun is a process which takes cotton and spins it in such a way to create long, soft strands of cotton. This process repeated creates longer, softer, and more durable cotton fibers. Far exceeding the strength and softness of rawer materials found in lower quality clothing. There is a lot more that goes into this process, but now we have a basic understanding.

Airlume Ring-Spun Cotton is the top dog. It is the highest quality ring-spun cotton can be. Bella + Canvas talks on their website briefly about their process. They comb the cotton longer than most removing up to 2.5 times more impurities from the cotton creating a flat, uniform appearance to the shirt that provides a superior printing surface.

The super soft material is tightly weaved creating a jersey like fabric. Jersey knit cotton is weaved in a way that allows the cotton to stretch, and maintain its shape while remaining stronger than a standard T-Shirt to wear and tear.

Airlume cotton is noticeable from the moment you see your new shirt. It looks like quality, it feels like quality and it downright SMELLS like quality and the Bella + Canvas 3001 delivers.


Our Experiences:

Ever since switching over to the Bella + Canvas 3001 unisex T-Shirt, Karma Inc Apparel has had 0! Yes, that’s right, 0 returns due to the quality of the T-Shirt. The 3001 looks great on me, it looks great on everyone that works with us and our customers agree.

Bella + Canvas 3001 Unisex T-Shirt has earned 5 stars from Karma Inc Apparel in all categories and we will never stop using this T-Shirt.

Summary:

The Bella + Canvas 3001 Unisex Shirt in our opinion is the best unisex sized T-Shirt to hit the market.  Not only has Bella found a way to create a T-shirt that actually fits how it should - they've done it with style and the environment in mind.

- 100% Ring-Spun Airlume Cotton - 2.5 times purer than the average quality T-Shirt.
- Jersey knit creating increased durability, stretchiness and strength.  This shirt will hold it shape much longer than most shirts.
-Top notch printing quality - This is completely credited to the airlume cotton.
-Bella + Canvas offers incredible customer support and boasts they are sweatshop free.  Made in the USA!





7 Responses

Allan W Anger
Allan W Anger

October 21, 2018

Great article and solid reviews. Bella + Canvas 3001 is a great choice for environmentally conscious buyers that also want quality.

BG
BG

October 21, 2018

Love the bella + canvas unisex t-shirt. Well I did until my girlfriend did my laundry. She’s normally good about letting me keep my clothing. We both agree the airlume cotton is extremely comfortable! Win for both of us as they are now the center of every bet between us. It’s my week for the blue! ( my football team won) absolutely love the quality and will be a regular customer! Being environmentally friendly is always a plus in my book! Rock on!

Michael Green
Michael Green

October 21, 2018

Right when you thought a t-shirt was a simple process, you come across a company like this. What a great way to make a positive impact in the industry. I’ve been looking for good info on the Bella Canvas 3001, and there was tons about it here! Great info, keep up the great work!

Tayler
Tayler

October 21, 2018

Love how soft it is! I had no idea how much they helped the environment either!

Owens
Owens

October 20, 2018

Wow, I had no idea that bella canvas did so much to fight back against wastefullness. Thanks for the article.

PJGOVITZ
PJGOVITZ

October 20, 2018

This information is useful and is a deciding factor of purchasing Bella brand products.

dmwhite
dmwhite

October 20, 2018

With the startling climate report released this month, it is refreshing to see a clothing company be so mindful of their carbon footprint.

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