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China Club NYC 1985 Vintage Men’s T-Shirt



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Michael Barrett and Danny Fried opened China Club in the basement of the Beacon Hotel in Manhattan’s Upper West Side at 2130 Broadway in the mid-’80s. The club quickly became a music industry hangout, a veritable who’s who of musicians that built China Club’s reputation for impromptu performances. Every major player in the music world, from Walter Yetnikoff to Michael Jackson to David Bowie and Peter Frampton, came, played, and partied. Billy Joel, Rod Stewart, Duran Duran, Elton John, Don Henley, they all came. Monday nights were reserved for the unofficial official jam session, where everyone from Herbie Hancock to Elton to The Eagles would show up and play.

Aside from the musicians, China Club also regularly hosted its share of actors, athletes, and other celebrities. High on the success of their night spot, Barrett and Fried opened (and closed) China Clubs in Los Angeles, Aspen, Chicago, South Beach, and South Hampton over the years, but none had the staying power of the NYC original. In 1997, China Club moved from the Beacon Hotel to 268 West 47th Street in Times Square. The club occupied its new digs for another 13 years until the era of the megaclubs ended, bringing things to a close in 2010.



Like all our designs, this one is treated with our signature ‘relic-ing’ process which includes our own secret recipe of hand-painted chipping, cracking, fading, and just the right touch of yellowing to ensure that it looks the part of a true vintage imprint.** We lay these works of art down on premium Bella+Canvas 3001 Unisex Jersey Short Sleeve Tees, one of the softest, best-wearing t-shirts available today, via state of the art direct to garment (DTG) printing which allows us to create a vintage effect that simply can’t be accomplished with other printing methods. In short, these shirts are everything you’ve dreamed of and more – it feels soft and lightweight with just the right amount of stretch making it comfortable and flattering for both men and women.

  • 100% combed and ring-spun cotton*
  • Fabric weight: 4.2 oz (142 g/m2)
  • 30 single
  • Tear-away label
  • Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
  • Side-seamed
  • Retail fit
  • Runs true to size


Not sure what size is your best fit? We recommend taking one of your current t-shirts, laying it flat and measuring it. The measurements in the chart below are taken with the shirt laying on a flat surface. To get the length, measure from the high shoulder point down to the bottom of the shirt. To get the width, measure approximately 1-inch below the armhole, across the chest, from seam to seam. While our tees are all made using premium, pre-shrunk, ring-spun cotton, there can be some shrinkage depending on your personal wash and dry cycles. With that said, if you’re on the fence, we always suggest going up a size.

Width 17.99 20.00 22.01 24.02 25.98 27.99 30.00
Length 27.99 29.02 30.00 31.02 32.01 32.99 33.98
Sleeve length 8.90 9.17 9.45 9.72 10.00 10.39 10.79

All sizes are provided in inches!

*Heather colors are 52% combed and ring-spun cotton/48% polyester. Athletic and Black Heather is 90% combed and ring-spun cotton/10% polyester. Ash color is 99% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton and 1% poly. **Due to the nature of the printing process and different sizes of shirts offered, imprint position and scale may vary slightly from the product images, but we do our best to be as accurate as possible.

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