Market Watch Body By Bio's Tencel Tee

Zandile Blay

Anyone who knows me knows one thing: I take my T-shirts seriously. They must be light weight, solid colored, v-neck, slightly sheer and look best without a bra. After a few years and several hundred tees later, I was quiet sure that I knew -- or owned -- every sexy plain tee known to man. Until now. Cue Bio, a SoHo-based label conceived by designer and boutique owner, An Vu. Before I wore the tee, I knew the fit and fabric would be spot on. The shirt drapes beautifully -- even on a hanger -- feels soft and luxurious to the touch, and is extremely breathable and wrinkle resistant. Yet, the shirt does not only offer style, it offers a very unique substance: wood. The Tencel Tee is made from wood pulp, commercially called Tencel. The eco-friendly material was first developed in the U.K. in 1987 and only recently attracted the interest of mainstream manufacturers and designers. Although it costs more than widely used fabrics like cotton and rayon, designers like Vu have realized that the finished product makes it worthwhile. The tees retail for around $60 each. Buy them and other Tencel-created pieces online or in person at Vu's Soho boutique: Bio NYC, 29 Prince St. between Elizabeth and Mott Streets, (212) 334-3006, bio-nyc.com.

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