There's a sort of ever-enduring appeal to the basic tank. The look's been around for decades — but, since 2018, there's been one key style that's totally dominated the market, and it's far more affordable than you'd think. Wesley, Bandier's in-house label, is behind the famous white tank that's in every model's drawer (including Bella Hadid, Elsa Hosk, and countless others), and it's known for selling out in a flash. Anyone who's tried the $65 top, dubbed "The Rivington Tank," will tell you: there's just something about it that sets it apart from the rest. To understand the design aspects that give the top its X-factor, we asked Bandier's top designer to walk us through.
"It's all in the details," shares Ardith Singh, who conceived the silhouette and formulated its famous texture herself. "Elevating the fabric was the first step." Blending together Tencel and Spandex, the fibers that result offer an unrivaled, cloud-soft hand feel, while also wielding temperature-regulating benefits that we're going for when we reach for a tank on those hot summer days. As for the build, it's the subtleties that set it apart — which, Singh says, are "the width of a binding, just the right neck drop, [and] the gentle cutaway curve of the armhole," that make it so special. "All of these nuanced details add up to what our client loves about the look and fit of this tank, even if she can't articulate it."
And, to sweeten the deal: the fabric is highly sustainable. Each top is made through a low-impact wood pulp processing system, which recycles water and reuses the solvent at a recovery rate of over 99%. Plus, tencel is biodegradable and compostable, so you can rest assured that it's not going to sit in a landfill forever.
"This piece is constantly selling out, I even have a hard time getting my hands on them," shares Singh. "At this point, we have restocked this tank over 20 times and demand is growing!" Bella Hadid, Elsa Hosk, and scores of others have test driven the 9 different color-ways, from jet black to bubblegum pink. However, the white is arguably the most polarizing, packing a punch of nostalgia that was first seen in '60s menswear and then, again, in '90s streetwear. "The tank was inspired by a classic, ribbed men’s tank — think, borrowed from the boys, but made our own," says Singh. "I’ve always loved taking something that may be deemed 'basic' and re-imagining it as something covetable."
Browse the tank, in several different color-ways, below — and, while it's still in stock, acting quickly is encouraged.