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Meet the Shibe Crew: Darren Nowicki

May 04, 2020

Darren joined the Shibe team as store manager in early 2019. He had a wealth of restaurant and theatre management experience but none in retail. It was a risk bringing in someone who had to learn so much on the fly, but the transition was seamless. He's been a terrific addition to the team, and we're thrilled to have him on board...even if he's a Detroit Tigers fan.

We asked each member of the team ten questions, as well as what their favorite Shibe products are. Here are Darren's answers. 

If you played in the MLB, what would your at-bat music be? (song and artist) 
Mannish Boy by Muddy Waters

If you hosted a late night talk show host, what person (living or dead) would you most want to interview? 
Jackie Robinson. If he was busy, I would have James Brown as back up.

What's your favorite sports memory? 
I grew up in metro-Detroit and was a big University of Michigan fan. I will always cherish the memory of my high school friends and I glued to the television in my parents basement watching as Rumeal Robinson sank 2 free throws with 3 seconds remaining in the 1989 NCAA men's basketball championship to defeat Seton Hall. Chaos ensued!

What is your karaoke song? 
Karaoke should be a capital crime, punishable by death.

If you could play any sport professionally, what would it be? 
No doubt about it - GOLF! You can play well into your golden years, travel the world, walk some of the most beautiful pieces of land anywhere and get paid big bucks even if you don't win!

What's your favorite sports book? 
Three Nights in August: Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy by Tony La Russa Chronicles a 3 game series between the St. Louis Cardinals and arch-rival Chicago Cubs.

What's your favorite place you've ever travelled? 
As a college kid traveling Europe in the mid 90s, Amsterdam had it all. Aside from the obvious, the city has incredible beauty, canals, parks, museums and an energy and spirit that still inspires to this day.

Who is your favorite all-time Philly athlete? 
Placido Polanco Between 2002 - 2013, Polanco played either for the Phillies or my hometown team, the Detroit Tigers. He wasn't a flashy player or Hall of Famer by any stretch. What he was was a solid, reliable, multi-position player with a good eye, disciplined hitter, excellent fielder and a great teammate/clubhouse guy.

If budget was no object, what artist/group would you want to sing at your birthday party? 
Rolling Stones circa 1976

Where is your favorite place in the area to watch the big game?
Cherry Street Tavern - longtime neighborhood tavern in the Fairmount/Art Museum area.

What are your 3 favorite products?
Philadelphia A's Elephant Hat. There is such a great story behind why the A's wore a white elephant on their uniform. The iconic symbol, born out of the legendary A's manager Connie Mack's response to NY Giants manager John McGraw's comment has survived over 100 years and 3 teams, coast-to-coast. I love sharing the story with Shibe customers and hearing their memories.

Steagles Shirt. A fascinating scenario in sport history with 2 storied franchises combining player rosters and coaching staffs in order to field a team during the labor shortage during World War II. There are also many 'divided" households in PA with Eagles and Steelers fans which makes this shirt additionally awesome.

Spectrum Shirt. Spectrum memories - good, bad, & heartbreaking - are countless for Philly fans. Add in the memories of the many live music concerts and you have one of the most hallowed spaces in Philadelphia lore.

Use the code darren to save 20% on all the products in the Shibe Staff collection!
 




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Size Charts

Select your brand and style to read more about how your purchase will fit:

American Needle fitted hats | '47 Brand hats | '47 Brand apparel | Majestic apparel | Majestic jerseys | Red Jacket apparel | Junk Food apparel | Next Level apparel (Shibe Originals)

Use these tips as a general guide when finding your measurements:

 

American Needle Fitted Hats

If you do not know your size, first determine where on your head you want to wear your hat. Usually it is worn about a half-inch to an inch above the eyebrows and/or just above the ears. Have a friend hold the tape measure (cloth, plastic, or download a printable version here) at the point where you want the hat to rest on your head.  Insert the tip of your little finger between the tape and your head.  Record the measurement and find your Fitted Hat size using the chart below.  This should provide you with a comfortable fit.

 

'47 Brand Hats

 

47 Brand Adjustable Hats Size Chart Size Hat Size Circumference (cm)
Adjustable Hats Men's 6 7/8 - 7 5/8 55 - 61
Women's 6 5/8 - 7 1/4 53 - 58
Youth 6 5/8 - 7 1/8 53 - 57

 

47 Brand Fitted Hats Size Chart Size Hat Size Circumference (cm)
Fitted Hats XX Small 6 1/2 - 6 5/8 52 - 53
X Small 6 3/4 54
Small 6 7/8 - 7 55 - 56
Medium 7 - 7 1/8 56 - 57
Large 7 1/4 58
X Large 7 3/8 - 7 5/8 59 - 61
XX Large 7 5/8 - 7 3/4 61 - 62
XXX Large 7 7/8 63
XXXX Large 8 64
XXXXX Large 8 1/8 65

 

47 Brand Stretch Fit Hats Size Chart Size Hat Size Circumference (cm)
Stretch Fit Fitted Hats Youth 6 1/2 - 6 5/8 52 - 53
Small / Medium 6 7/8 - 7 55 - 56
Medium / Large 7 1/8 - 7 3/8 57 - 59
Large / X Large 7 1/2 - 7 5/8 60 - 61
One Size Fits All 7 - 7 1/2 56 - 60

 

47 Brand Knit Hats Size Chart Hat Size Circumference (cm)
Knit Hats Youth 6 1/2 - 6 3/4 52 - 54
One Size Fits All 6 7/8 - 7 1/2 55 - 60

 

'47 Brand Apparel

 

 
47 Brand Men's Size Chart S M L XL XXL
Neck 14"-14.5" 15"-15.5" 16"-16.5" 17"-17.5" 18"-18.5"
Shoulder 21" 22" 23" 24" 25"
Chest 36"-38" 39"-41" 42"-44" 45"-47" 48"-50"
Waist 28"-30" 31"-33" 34"-36" 37"-39" 40"-42"

 

47 Brand Women's Size Chart S M L XL
Size 2-4 6-8 8-10 10-12
Shoulder 14.25" 15.25" 16.25" 17.25"
Bust 32"-34" 35"-36" 37"-38" 39"-42"
Waist 26"-27" 28"-29" 30"-31" 32"-33"

 

 

Majestic apparel

Men's Sizing (measurements in inches)
  S M L XL XXL 3XL 4XL
Chest 34-36 38-40 42-44 46-48 52-52 54-56 58-60
Waist 28-30 32-34 36-38 40-42 44-46 48-50 52-54
Hip 34-36 38-40 42-44 46-48 50-52 54-56 58-60
Sleeve 32-33 33-34 34-35 35-36 36-36 1/2 36 1/2-37 37-37 1/2
Neck 14-14 1/2 15-15 1/2 16-16 1/2 17-17 1/2 18-18 1/2 19-19 1/2 20-20 1/2

 

Women's Sizing (measurements in inches)
  XS S M L XL 1X 2X
Size 0-2 4-6 8-10 12-14 16-18 16W-18W 20W-22W
Chest 32-33 34-35 36-37 38-40 41 1/2-43 1/2 43-45 47-49
Waist 24-25 26-27 28-29 30-32 33 1/2-35 1/2 36-38 39-41
Hip 34 1/2-35 1/2 36 1/2-37 1/2 38 1/2-39 1/2 40 1/2-42 1/2 44-46 46-48 49-51
Sleeve 29 1/4 30 30 3/4 31 1/2 32 32 1/2 33

 

Youth Sizing (measurements in inches)
  S M L XL XXL 3XL
Size 6-8 10-12 14-16 18-20 20 22
Chest 24-26 28-30 32-34 36-38    
Waist 21-23 25-27 29-31 33-35 37-39 40-42

 

 

 

Majestic Jerseys

Adult Men's Replica Jersey Sizing  
Jersey Size Small Medium Large X Large XX Large
Neck (diameter of neck) 6.5 6.75 7 7.25 7.5
Chest (underarm to underarm) 20 1/2 22 1/2 24 1/2 26 1/2 28 1/2
Sleeve (back of inside neck to end of middle sleeve) 8 1/2 8 3/4 9 9 1/4 9 1/2

 

Apparel Sizing Tips:

Use these tips as a general guide when finding your measurements:

Chest/Bust: With your arms at your sides, measure around the fullest part of your chest, across shoulder blades and under arms.

Waist: To measure your natural waistline, wrap the tape so it intersects your navel. Keep tape flat, but comfortably loose.

Hips: Stand with your heels together and measure the fullest part of your hips. Make sure the measuring tape is level all the way around your body.

Inseam: Stand up straight, and start the tape measure high in your crotch. Straighten the tape down the inside of your leg to the bottom of your ankle.

 

 

Red Jacket apparel

 

 

Junk Food apparel

 

Next Level apparel (Shibe Originals)

General Size Neck
(in inches)
Chest
(in inches)
Waist
(in inches)
Arm
(in inches)
Small 14-14.5 34-36 28-30 31.5-32
Medium 15-15.5 38-40 32-34 32.5-33
Large 16-16.5 42-44 36-38 33.5-34
X-Large 17-17.5 46-48 40-42 34.5-35
XX-Large 18 – 18.5 50-52 44-46 35.5-36