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    Throwback Shirt from ILGear.com

    Vintage Vault: Graph-Tex's 'Rising Sun' Brine Lacrosse Shirt, Circa 1985

    Casey Vock - 9/19/2013

    Vintage Vault: Graph-Tex's 'Rising Sun' Brine Lacrosse Shirt, Circa 1985
    Back in the early 1980s, the idea of a lacrosse shirt was just a novelty — something you'd see only once in a great while, maybe when a local manufacturing company rep would stop by your practice and have a couple shirts, which had been created for staff members and, if you were lucky, you'd end up with one. 

    But you'd probably not seen many, if any, lacrosse shirts intended for the masses up to that point. At least not until Brine went to Graph-Tex in about 1985, then still a small start-up business in Cortland, N.Y., and had the apparel and design company dial up a concept that would turn into what is considered one of the first, if not the very first, "lacrosse shirt" to hit store shelves. 

    We toured the Graph-Tex facilities in Cortland this week and learned more about the company's new website — GTXLacrosse.com — and plans for the future. Along the way, we got a close look at the Brine 'Rising Sun' lacrosse tee, which was designed by Graph-Tex owner and founder Brent Riley. When we posted it last night on Instagram, it prompted a nice response, including some folks who say they'd rock the hell out of this throwback shirt. Take a look below, and tell us what you think. We're hoping to see it brought back to life. Maybe — just maybe — your input/feedback could help move the meter. 

    Want to see more from Graph-Tex? Visit our archives and then check out the GTXLacrosse.com website, Graph-Tex's newly redesigned/relaunched website. And look for a photo tour of the Graph-Tex facilities soon on ILGear.com. See more from Brine on ILGear.com as well.

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