There’s nothing like waking up on a sunny April morning and finding a package waiting for you from another part of the world. It actually happens to me quite a lot. But it’s not very often that I get a package with three tees in it. So expect to see quite a lot of PJE Los Angeles over the next few days. Unfortunately, despite dropping a few pounds this year none of them fit me (one of my friends says everyone in LA is thin, so I guess that’s just listening to your market), so it was a pretty good day for my brother.
Clearly, the most notable aspect about this tee is the use of Swarovski rhinestones. The danger with these rhinestones is that they could be used as a gimmick, but I don’t think that’s what is happening here, they suit the design, they’re a bit of fun, and whilst some people might say that they make you look a bit flashy, well, sometimes I don’t mind a bit of attention.
Their current line is called ‘American Exceptionalism’, and because I wouldn’t claim to be an expert on American culture, I’m going to let PJEs blurb explain what that name is all about:
“More American than a motel room meth lab, the debut “American Exceptionalism” collection from PJE Los Angeles presents a laidback survey of street-level Americana that’s both casually sophisticated and knowingly irreverent.
From obnoxious hedge fund managers to strippers “working their way through college,” the collection casts a gimlet eye on the rarely applauded–but uniquely American–people and values that keep our nation humming.
With an unbeatable trifecta of boldly austere imagery, superior, loomed-in-LA fabrics and distinctive Swarovski rhinestone detailing, “American Exceptionalism” steps beyond the familiar, big-issue debates with a vision of an untainted “America” where we’re all on the same page.”
So basically, PJE is a clothing line that puts the essence of America onto cotton, right?
The tee itself feels like high-quality fabric, incredibly soft, I think they’re using some kind of custom garment rather than a widely available blank tee. They run small, quite fitted, although quite stretchy too, so if you like your tees quite loose then order a size up, and if you want to show off your well-sculpted guns then order your regular size. The print is really soft too, as if it has already been washed in a few times.
As you would expect, having 12 Swarovski rhinestones on your tee pushes the price up a bit, the standard ‘Mas Duro‘ shirt without the rhinestones comes in at $36, whereas the special edition is $52, which I don’t think is too much of a jump, you’d pay a lot more this kind of thing on the UK high street.
You know the drill on extra pics by now.