There is absolutely nothing better than an old t-shirt. They’re soft, they’re comfy, and these days, they can be dressed up and down. A lot of that has to do with the fact that the most fashionable celebs are wearing old t-shirts everywhere they go. But models and actors and pop stars are busy people, so they can’t just be scouring vintage stores all day. NO way — celebs get old band shirts through a source.
And you can, too, if you have a couple thousand dollars to throw around on perfectly worn-out Hanes. When stars want a perfect vintage t-shirt, they call Patrick Matamoros, the founder of Chapel. He’s the guy behind all of those old concert shirts you see celebrities wearing on their way to the club or courtside at the Lakers games — but he’s not cheap.
To shop his stash, celebs have to set up an appointment with him at one of his pop-ups in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, Miami, or London. Usually, his shirts cost anywhere from $500 to $1,000. Remember Justin Bieber’s Nirvana shirt at the American Music Awards a few years ago? That was a collab between Fear of God and Matamoros’ Chapel crew.
Matamoros is a vintage t-shirt guru.
“I consider myself a caretaker — or like I’m running an orphanage — and I’m just the temporary home for these things and I need to find them the right home and that right there is the heart of Chapel,” he said of his work.
Matamoros adds, “It’s not just selling you a T-shirt, it’s finding the right T-shirt for you — and that’s why I’m a success.” The guy has a point.
If you want to start beefing up your vintage t-shirt game, you’re in luck. Matamoros is breaking up with his Chapel partners and starting his own line, Saint Luis. And there’s going to be a website you can shop, too. As of June 23rd, you can shop just like Kendall, Biebs, Frank Ocean, and all of Matamoros’ devoted clients.
Or, you know, you can go hit up your local Salvation Army for $1 shirts, because they’re probably just as awesome.