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Tough Guy Velvet Shirt

Item 143849

Tough Guy Velvet Shirt: The image of a man in velvet brings to mind her romance novel covers and boring period films filled with gentleman dandies. In other words, not so much. A far more masculine take can be found in this Western-style shirt - velvet corduroy offers great softness (perfect for date night), while rugged styling ups the testosterone level. Details include front and back yoke, antiqued pearl snap buttons, two besom pockets, shirttail hem and a center back pleat. Machine washable. Classic Fit. Imported.

Men's Sizing

Chest 34-
Neck 14-
Sleeves 33-
Waist 28-

Men's Tall Sizes - Select shirt and outerwear styles are available in Tall sizes (woven items : 1" extra in sleeve length, 2" extra in body length; knit items : 1" extra in sleeve length, 2" extra in body length).
Note: Men's Tall sizes are generally made to fit guys over 6' tall.

Men's Shirt Fits

Classic Fit: Easy and comfortable on most men. A traditional American cut.
Relaxed Fit: Generous and roomy. Ideal for layering.
Do you know your acetate from a hole in the ground? Your gussets from your grommets? If not, here's a list of the more commonly used textile words and terms that you'll see in our catalog. For more information or clarification, you can call us at: 1-800-882-4323

ACETATE - A manufactured fiber that uses cellulose refined from cotton and/or wood pulp. Characteristics: fast drying, wrinkle- and shrinkage-resistant, crisp or soft depending on end use, luxurious in appearance.

ACRYLIC - A manufactured fiber made from long-chain synthetic polymers. Characteristics: wrinkle resistance; low moisture absorbency and quick-drying; provides warmth yet lightweight, soft and resilient.

ALPACA - The fleece from an Alpaca, a cousin to the llama. Alpaca fleece is similar in characteristics to wool, but softer, silkier and more lustrous.

BANDED COLLAR - A shirt without a fold-over collar; there is only the band at the neck.

BARTACK - A close series of stitches crossing a piece of cloth in order to reinforce at a point of concentrated strain (e.g. belt loop or patch pocket corner).

BASKET WEAVE - A variation of the plain weave in which two or more threads weave alike in both warp (down) and filling (across) directions, joined in the regular order of the plain weave. So named for the basket-like pattern of the weave.

BATIK - A method of resist dyeing which employs wax as the resist. The pattern is covered with wax, and the fabric is then dyed: the wax patterns will not take the dye. The wax is removed after dyeing by boiling the fabric or applying solvent. The fabric is often streaked where the dye has gone through cracks in the wax. Batik dyeing originated in Indonesia.

BESOM - A narrow piece of fabric that works as an edging on a pocket; can be single besom, one side of pocket opening or double besom, both sides.

BOX PLEAT - Two small, back to back outward facing pleats that have a box- like appearance. On shirts, box pleats are positioned in the center back at the bottom of the yoke to allow ease of movement in the shoulders and arms.

BROADCLOTH - A fine, closely woven, lustrous cotton or cotton/poly blend made in plain weave with a fine rib in the direction of the filling (across). The filling yarn is heavier and has less twist than the warp yarn (down). The cloth is usually mercerized, and has a soft, firm finish.

BRUSHING - A finishing process for woven or knit fabrics in which brushes or other abrading elements are used to raise a nap (a fuzzy or downy surface). Brushed fabrics have a soft, slightly weathered, broken-in feel.

BUTTON-DOWN COLLAR - Having buttonholes on the collar points so they fasten to the shirt.

CAMP COLLAR - A one-piece collar that lays flat, part of the shirt also lays flat to create a notch. Also called a Convertible Collar or Notched Collar.

CANVAS - A general classification of strong, firm, closely woven fabrics usually made with cotton. A heavier, open weave comprised of plied yarns (a number of single yarns, usually three, twisted together). Characteristics: very hard-wearing, generally water-resistant.

CASHMERE - The fleece that comes from a Cashmere goat. These animals roam at high elevations (10,000 - 15,000 ft.), hence their very warm, soft fleece. Garments made with cashmere are normally more expensive because of limited yield (one goat produces only 4 ounces of fleece a year).

CHAMBRAY - A general class of plain weave, usually cotton, made with a colored warp (down) and white filling (across). Most often made using blue and white, but also available in stripes, checks and figured patterns.

COMBING - The removal of short fibers or noils from material so that the resulting yarn be composed of larger fibers. The comb straightens and arranges them in parallel order.

CORDUROY - A strong, durable fabric with cotton ground and vertical cut-pile stripes (wales) formed by an extra system of filling yarns. The foundation of the fabric can be either a plain or twill weave. Of all cotton fabrics, corduroy is the warmest because its wales form an insulated cushion of air.

COTTON - A vegetable fiber consisting of unicellular hairs attached to the seed of the cotton plant. The normal color of cotton is light to dark cream, and its chemical composition is almost pure cellulose. A distinct feature of the mature fiber is its spirality or twist. In fabrics, cotton makes for strong, versatile, cool-wearing and comfortable garments.

CREPE - A general classification of fabric characterized by a broad range of crinkled or gained surface effects. Methods of making crepe include the use of hard twisted yarns, special chemical treatment, special weaves and embossing.

DART - A tuck in the fabric that is sewn. It is used to define the shape of a garment making a two dimensional piece of fabric into a three-dimensional garment. Darts are usually seen where the body curves: bust, waist, hip.

DENIM - A well-known basic cotton or blended fabric in a right- or left-hand woven twill. Generally, the warp (down) is dyed blue with a white filling (across). Also called "dungaree."

DOBBY - A general term for a fabric woven on a special dobby loom, which allows the weaving of small, geometric figures. These patterns are beyond the range of simple looms, yet too limited to be produced economically by Jacquard loom. A dobby weave can be distinguished from a plain weave by its more ornate and intricate woven appearance.

FLANNEL - Generally, a cotton or wool fabric, napped on one or both sides (usually both), then bleached, dyed or printed, and brushed or rerun through the napping machine to revive the nap. Flannel fabrics are very soft and cozy.

FLEECE - 1). A heavy napped surface, most often in knit goods, made with a heavy and soft-spun back yarn, which is napped in finishing (e.g. the inside surface of a sweatshirt). 2). Wool sheared from sheep or other animals in the wool class. The term is especially used for the entire coat of wool shorn from the sheep at one time; it is generally taken off the animal in one piece.

GARMENT DYEING - The garment is first produced, then the complete garment is dyed.

GARMENT WASH - The garment is constructed and then washed to soften the fabric and minimize shrinkage.

GAUGE - A measurement used in knitted garments that reflects the size of the needles used to knit the garment. The larger the gauge, the smaller the needle - therefore, the finer the knit.

GORE - Vertical panels in a skirt or dress; enhances the fit of a garment.

GROMMET - Little air holes reinforced with metal ring, usually on jackets, hats or shoes to allow ventilation.

GROSGRAIN - A firm, closely woven, ribbed fabric. It has a dressy appearance and is used for ribbons, neckties, hatbands and trimmings.

GUSSET - A triangular piece of fabric inserted into a garment to improve the fit or for reinforcement (e.g. on the sleeve of a jacket under the arm to allow for extra layering).

HERRINGBONE TWILL - A broken twill weave composed of vertical sections which are alternately right hand and left hand in direction, resembling the vertebral structure of the herring (zigzag). The twill changes direction perfectly where the weave breaks, balancing the overall pattern of the fabric.

HOLLYWOOD WAISTBAND - The waistband is the same piece of fabric as the rest of the garment. Advantages are that it has a smooth silhouette making the transition from hip to waist more gradual.

JACQUARD - A system of weaving which, because of a pattern-making mechanism of great versatility, permits the production of very ornate, complex woven designs. This type of weaving is used for tapestry, figured necktie and dress fabric, and figured patterns on knit goods (sweaters).

JERSEY - A generic term for a plain knitted fabric; its principal distinction is that it is not a fabric with a distinct rib (e.g. T-shirt fabric).

KNIT - Knit fabrics are made up of a series of interlocking loops that result in a flexible construction. All knits have some stretch.

LINEN - One of the oldest textile fibers known. Though the fiber and the fabric are both commonly known as linen, it is actually flax, the fiber of the Linum plant. Linen is generally favored for its fine, strong, cool-wearing properties. It drapes away from the skin rather than clinging to it. In knitwear, linen is combined with other natural or synthetic fibers for improved strength and resiliency.

MERCERIZATION - A treatment of cotton yarn or fabric to increase its luster. Its affinity for dyes is also enhanced. In the process, the material is immersed under tension in a sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) solution. This later is neutralized in acid. The process causes a permanent swelling of the fiber, thus increasing its luster.

NYLON - The generic term for man-made fibers composed of polyamides derived from coal and petroleum. Characteristics: high strength, elasticity, low water absorption and quick-drying.

OMBRE - A color effect woven into the fabric that has gradual changes in shade from light to dark, generally produced by arranging different tones in the warp.

PIGMENT DYEING - A process in which a specific type of dye is applied to the surface of a fabric, then after one washing it fades into a softer color. The color will slowly continue to fade with age. Pigment dyed products from Territory Ahead are prewashed and will not harm other garments during washing after they've been washed once.

PLACKET - An opening with fabric piecing and buttons or snaps on a garment that facilitates dressing. Plackets can be at the neck of a shirt, the cuff of a sleeve, or the waist of a skirt or pair of pants.

PLEATS - Small tucks in clothing to allow for extra room and ease of movement. Pleats can be seen at the waist of pants or skirts, the cuff of a sleeve, the waist or bust area of a blouse or dress.

POLYESTER - A manufactured fiber made from long-chain synthetic polymers. Characteristics: crease-resistance, quick-drying, great shape retention, high strength, abrasion resistance and easy care.

PRINTING - Applying color(s) in definite, repeated patterns of fabric by any one of a number of printing methods. Color is deposited in thick paste form and treated with steam or chemicals to cause it to migrate into or adhere to textile material. The design is not woven into the cloth but stamped in after the cloth is woven or knit.

RAMIE - A strong, soft fiber yielded by the inner bark of the Ramie plant. The fiber is white, soft, lustrous and slightly coarser than flax (linen) when degummed and bleached. Ramie fabrics are strong, smooth and durable.

RAYON - A generic term for man-made fibers composed of regenerated cellulose derived from trees, cotton and woody plants. Characteristics: high absorbency, bright or dull luster, pleasant feel or hand, good draping qualities, ability to be dyed in brilliant colors and superior strength.

REACTIVE DYE - A type of dye that completely saturates the fabric for a long lasting color.

RIB KNIT - A double-knit fabric in which the rib wales or vertical rows of stitches intermesh alternatively on the face and the back of the fabric. Rib knit fabrics have good elasticity and shape retention, especially in the width.

RISE - The measurement on pants from the front waist between the legs up to the back waist. This refers to how high or low a pant will ride (i.e. "short-waist" or "long-waist")

SANDBLASTING - The garment is literally sandblasted for a worn-in look; fabric has to be very durable to withstand the abuse, usually 14 oz. denim for jeans.

SANDWASH - Sand is put into the industrial wash for a softened feel and texture for the garment.

SHIRTTAIL HEM - The curved bottom hem of a shirt - higher on the side hip area (for ease of movement) dipping low in the front and back (so that the shirt will stay tucked into pants).

SILK - Continuous protein filament produced by the larvae of various insects, especially the caterpillar when constructing its cocoon. The chief portion of commercial silk is produced in Japan and China. Characteristics: resiliency, aesthetics, elasticity and strength, warm in winter, cool in summer.

SLUB - A lump or thick place on yarn caused by small lengths of yarn adhering to it during the spinning process. This adds a random texture to the fabric when the yarn is woven or knit into a garment.

SPREAD COLLAR - An open collar with no buttons to hold the collar points to the shirt. Spread collars have two pieces: the fold over collar part and the stand that keeps the collar close to the neck.

STANDARD WAISTBAND - An extra piece of fabric that is sewn to the body of the pants, shorts or skirt.

TENCEL - A cellulosic fiber produced by Courtaulds, spun from an amine oxide solvent that offers a higher degree of polymerization than is available with rayon. Characteristics: pleasant feel or hand, good draping qualities, ability to be dyed in brilliant colors, superior strength, and easy care.

VENTED BOTTOM - The bottom hem of a shirt that is cut straight with side slits to allow ease of movement. Vents are usually 2" deep.

WALE - In woven fabric, one series of ribs, cords, or raised portions. In corduroy fabric, wales per inch are counted to distinguish broad- from fine-textured cloth. The higher the wale number, the finer the texture of the fabric.

WEIGHT OF CLOTH (OZ.) - A description or classification of many fabrics by weight per yard.

WELT - A piece of fabric that works as an edging on a pocket; usually a single welt and wider than a besom.

WOOL - Primarily the fleece of a sheep or lamb - but can also refer to fleece of the alpaca, angora, cashmere goat, camel and vicuna. The fiber is distinguished from hair by the character of its covering: minute overlapping scales, which give it a felting property. Characteristics: strong and resilient, soft and warm, wicks away moisture and dyes well for rich coloration.

WOVEN - Woven fabrics are produced by the interlacing of yarns. Each filling yarn goes alternately over and under each warp yarn.

YARN-DYEING - Dyeing of individual yarns before weaving or knitting. Compared to garment dyes or prints, yarn-dyed fabrics boast richer, longer lasting color.

YOKE - An added section of fabric in a shirt or pants that enhances the fit. On a shirt, the yoke is usually on the back across the top shoulder area but can also be on the front shoulder to chest area. On pants, it is generally on the back of jeans-style pants located below the waistband.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating:

(based on 20 reviews)

February 06, 2018
"A beautiful shirt,that unfortunately wears out very quickly.I only wore mine seasonally,(for about 2 years),and the back of the shirt, up about 8 inches from the hem wore almost completely through.Too bad.Looked great and felt great while it lasted."
January 17, 2018
"The quality of this shirt is inferior to the one that I bought 6 or 7 years ago and is worth (hopefully) the $39.95 clearance ! price that I paid."
April 05, 2017
"Awesome and very urban rock-n-roll."
By Raymond N. Flaischman Jr.
Corona, CA
March 13, 2017
"These are nice shirts and I was wanting the "Red" one, glad to have it. Hope to get the Green one when they have them next."
By Lynne Olivier
Richmond, CA
March 03, 2017
"I bought this for my partner and he loves it. So it was a hit. Its really well made and cut generously, unlike so many shirts these days. My only mild disappointment was that I was expecting the fabric to be cotton velvet. Its actually a very fine corduroy that's a lot like velvet, but isn't. Still a very nice shirt."
By Marko
Summit NJ
November 12, 2015
"Great shirt, great color, great fit"
By Gary
Madison, Wisconsin
November 03, 2015
"I'm quite pleased with this shirt. The size works fine for me (large, I'm 6'-200 lbs) It looks great and feels very comfortable. My wife thinks it's very cool. I'm say "go for it"."
By Jerry
Roanoke va
October 29, 2015
"Tough guy velvet shirt"...My second one..up to the great standard I'm used to from TA..."
By Cloudwalker2
Kerrville, TX
January 06, 2014
"I have read the eleven reviews posted, and agree with most. I have the Asphalt (actually a lighter, more medium gray, than that shown), Concord (more of a rusty maroon than shown) and Celery ( more of a light olive). My weight and height: 190#, 5'9", and ordered size L. After a number of washes, colors haven't faded and sleeves seem a quarter inch shorter. Now, all I have said seems generally negative, then why still award 5 stars? Why, because they are my absolute favorite shirts! I like the description one reviewer used, "buttery soft", because it is so accurate; cozy also fits, as does three-season. Admittedly, the colors aren't spot-on in agreement, yet I love all of these just as well. Some colors I would be interested in for this same shirt: Midnight Blue, Ink Black, Deep Royal Purple, Cream and Butter Yellow."
December 19, 2013
"Very nice soft fabric.It looks great!"
By PlanetPocketTool
western ma
October 03, 2012
"I have well over a dozen shirts from TA but this one is a clear favorite of the long sleeved shirts. Absolutely fantastic shirt. I'm 5'9" 163 lbs with an athletic build and the small is perfect. Warm, soft, nicely detailed, great drape, I just love this garment. I like to wear it over a T shirt and leave it open and unbuttoned around the house. It's so comfortable. I bought the wine colored one, wore it for a couple of weeks and then immediately picked up the pale green one. Please make these in more colors and I will buy them all!"
By napamac
June 25, 2012
"I was excited to order this shirt but when it arrived I found it to be a bit on the snug side, for me . . . so, I had to return ... But, not to worry, I exchanged for Pima T's ... which are always welcome in my house."
By Culver
So Cal
March 12, 2012
"As soft and comfortable as an 'ol buddy. It's just plain understated handsome and masculine. I have no issues with the color (Baltic) divergence from the web image.....looks great....."
By Souleater
March 05, 2012
"Buttery soft...color less than vibrant...seems to run a bit smaller than other TA shirts I have purchased. Overall a very good addition to my collection even though the color is not as strong as images suggest."
By MLT52
February 13, 2012
By gibeaux
Austin, TX
January 27, 2012
"I have two of these shirts, the blue and the concord. Looks great with jeans. The shirt is so soft and easy to wear. Not too thin, not too thick. Just right for mild Texas winters. I got both shirts on sale and that made the purchases well worth it."
By Grannny
Dix Hills, New York
January 26, 2012
"This shirt is awesome and very manly. After my husband wore it the first time I realized why they named it "Tough Guy Velvet Shirt." It is a lightweight shirt that can be worn in winter, spring or fall. The colors are unusual and they give off a rich look. I love this shirt because it looks so nice and washes, dries and goes right back on the hanger and looks perfect with no ironing. My husband is only interested in the fact that it has two pockets. I am the one who gets to choose the shirt so the only requirement of his is that the shirt must have TWO pockets. I choose this one because the old man looks so handsome and I am proud of how cool he looks."
By goodbuy
January 26, 2012
"Bought this shirt for my 85 year old father who likes clothing that fits well and is comfortable. He loves it!"
By blueslover
January 14, 2012
"This shirt was a wild card...I didn't know what to expect. I am thrilled I rolled the dice...the velvet is soft, vibrant and lightweight. I would say it is appropriate for any casual setting. Another great product from Territory Ahead!"
By Propdog
Orlando, FL
January 09, 2012
"I love these catalogs ! Photo styling is an art not lost on these pages. However, color trueness is a major consideration for purchasing clothing from a catalog. My shirt appeared a very rich shade of blue in the image. What I received did not come close. Instead of "steel", I would call this color "tired". For these prices I expect more accuracy."