Upcycled Charged Garage Workshirts

Keeping with our mantra of “giving a new lease of life on old sh*t” we’ve taken a box of NOS (new old stock) USA industrial workshirts that have been sitting around my house for years and upcycled them for our strictly limited range of Charged Garage vintage modern workshirts.

I had this box of genuine Red Kap workshirts from the USA leftover from a previous life, some were screenprinted already with the old band name on the back (still not sure what to do with those) but a few were still untouched and waiting to be repurposed into something more useful. And what is more useful than an industrial-strength button up workshirt for wrenching in the garage?

So we’ve now got a very limited number of these tough button-up workshirts in random sizes and colours available for purchase if anyone is interested. I’ve raided my collection of vintage sew-on patches to give you total choice of customisation of the front.

  • Want an old-timey name patch? Check.
  • A random old USA company patch? Check.
  • A dubious conversation-starter name patch? Check that too.
All workshirts have the same large back print


There’s a few different prices based on what you want on the front of the shirt above the pockets. Every shirt has the same large “Electrified Classics” print across the back in a vintage off-white colour.

  • $25 AUD is for nothing above the pockets (no patches, no Charged Garage crest) .
  • $30 AUD for one patch or the Charged Garage crest (ie one side).
  • $35 AUD for 2 patches OR 1 patch plus Charged Garage crest (ie both sides).

Plus postage of course (from Brisbane, Australia).

The patches will be supplied loose, so you will have to get them sewn on yourself. Unless you’re prepared to wait for me to collate all the orders and then find a master seamstress/person/Airtasker to sew them all on (at additional cost).

Some notes on sizing

I only have what is currently listed below, and once they’re gone, they’re gone I’m afraid (although I might have some more XL that haven’t been screenprinted yet). These are USA workshirts so generally run pretty big. For example, a US XL is probably like an Australian XXL. Most of the Mediums and Larges are SSL (Short Sleeve Long), which means they’ve got an extra 4 inches length at the bottom of the shirt (great if you like to have it tucked in and never come out?) – maybe you can cut it shorter if you don’t like it like that.

This is the sizing chart from Red Kap (in inches):

Choose your own Patch!

Customize your own workshirt with a kooky vintage patch! These are from my own personal collection that have been hoarded for years but now is their time to be released back into the wild. Many are bound to be a conversation starter! Check em out:

These are the ONLY patches I have, most are one-offs and may already be taken, so please list several preferences on the order form.

This is the inventory list:

Medium size

These are the Medium sized workshirts. The Union ICE patch is already sewn-on the navy shirt.

Large size

These are the Large sized workshirts. The light blue (upper right corner) already has 2 patches sewn on.

Extra Large size

These are the XL workshirts. The two chambray shirts (bottom row left and right) are western style with pop-stud buttons and western style cut.

How to order

This is old school ordering for old school threads. Complete the form below and I will email you back with the final price, postage and payment details. Or you can email info@chargedgarage.com with any questions.

I can’t guarantee availability but will aim to take orders on a first-in-first-served basis.

If you miss out (or the sizes/colours don’t suit) there are standard t-shirts available in a variety of colours and sizes here.

Thanks for looking!