Date:18.05.2016, 11:03 Some 83 of 849 men aged 18 and over surveyed said they had bought T-shirts over a recent 12-month period, according to a Mintel report released in May. On average, each American owns about 15 of them, according to. Designer Tony Melillo spent nine months trying to perfect the tees he launched under his latest label, ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo, exclusively at Barneys New York in 2012. Mr. Melillo developed a proprietary jersey cotton in Peru. "If you have things like long-staple, high-twist yarns, use mercerized cotton, double-chain stitching, you're going to get a better T-shirt, and you're not going to get those properties with a shirt that sells for 5.99 says Jeffrey Silberman, professor. The NPD Group can see what others cannot - the current realities and future possibilities for your industry, your customers, and your business. We combine our industry expertise with unique data assets, partnering with our clients to deliver a.