From the monthly archives:

January 2008

Egologique by Ted Boundy @ LaFraise

by Andy on January 31, 2008

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Y’know, I’m pretty sick of how being ecologically sound and environmentally conscientious is now just another buzzword for cranking up prices. Sure, put your shopping in an organic cotton tote bag rather than using plastic bags, but doesn’t it seem a bit silly to pay $60 for that bag?I guess that’s what this tee is all about, challenging people to stop being so damned smug about how eco-friendly they are… and, trying to stop people from eating pandas? My French isn’t great, but I’m pretty sure that’s what it means. For the record, I will never stop eating panda until they stop tasting so finger ling ling good!

Costiness=€22 Link

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Kingdom by Eothen

by Andy on January 31, 2008

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I don’t know why, but I kinda like clothes that have crowd scenes on them. I also quite like the way that Eothen have done it in the silhouette style, it gives the crowd a kind of homogenous quality, as if all the people are the same, but wearing the crowd scene helps you to stand out from the crowd? I dunno, my detective skills ain’t what they used to be.Costiness=£43.95 Link

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HYA goes to Margin, you pick where else

by Andy on January 31, 2008

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Next weekend I’m going to be making the long trek (well, 3 hours on the train) to London for Margin, a streetwear and directional tailoring trade-show being held in central London (February 10th, 11th & 12th). Hopefully I’ll find out about a load of new and exciting brands, so get ready for an invasion of British brands on the blog over the next month or so.I’m going to be down in the big smoke for three days, and presume that I’ll only be at Margin for one day, so I’m throwing my itinerary open to the HYA masses. I’m making up a list of stores that I have to go to. including checking out Concrete Hermit‘s latest show, Magma‘s Covent Garden Store, the Sunday (Up)Market (note: hangover dependent), the Design Museum, and wherever Yutaka tells me via this excellent website that Virgin seem to have had a hand in.

I guess that makes it look as if I’ve got a pretty busy schedule, but I’d still like a few more tips about great stores that you think I should check out. I’m no stranger to London as my brother lived there for a few years, I know my way around fairly well and I’ve done all the tourist stuff that I want to do, so I’m after interesting off-the-beaten-path type stuff. If you leave a comment or drop me an e-mail and I go there I’ll try and take pics and do some mini-reviews of wherever I’m sent, so if you own a store this could be potentially useful for you too.

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2x Daily by Black Sea Apparel

by Andy on January 31, 2008

2x Daily by Black Sea Apparel
So, here’s another of those slightly awkward moments when I tell you how much I like one of the products of my advertisers. I like Black Sea, they’ve got great designs and they care about what they do, so why the devil shouldn’t I mention them every so often?

I really like the grittiness of this design, there just seems to be something immediately confrontational and slightly aggressive about the image of the teeth, especially with the strong contrasts of the washed out colours.

Costiness=$21 Link

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The Pride by Scifen @ Karmaloop

by Andy on January 31, 2008

The Pride tee by Scifen @ Karmaloop

I’ve run some tees and hoodies in the past that were based upon the human anatomy, some were fairly scientific and some were… well… worn by Kanye West. Obviously, this tee is not on the scientific side of things, but the effect still works pretty well even when it looks a lot more like a cartoon than a medical textbook.Costiness=$28 Link

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Start Living by Dance Party Massacre

by Andy on January 31, 2008

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It feels as if I’ve been meaning to write about Dance Party Massacre since last Halloween. It would have made a lot more sense since the DPM crew seem to be pretty obsessed with making tees that are all about the horror, whilst trying not to horrify you. But, I guess that since their front page says “everyday is halloween” it doesn’t really matter when I post about this tee.This tee doesn’t really have any of the references to classic movies like most of the other tees in their fledgling range, or even the spilling of copious amounts of blood, but I just really like it for some reason. There’s just so many ways that you can take this tee, be inspired by it, laugh at it, be pseudo-intellectual with it, or look at it as referential to those propaganda posters of WW2. The slightly worn look suits this colourway, I think it might have looked a bit stark if it was just flat colour.

Costiness=$28 Link

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Straight from their mailout:

A selection of our badge sets are now available from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London – Nice.
There should be an interview with Chris in IDN magazine soon – Nice.
We have some new T-shirt designs on their way for ’08 – Nice.
OUR ONLINE SALE HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL 4th OF FEB – That’s not nice! That’s bloody brilliant!! Go grab a T-shirt bargain!!!

CHs tees might be a bit more pricey than the usual HYA fare, but they’re also pretty damned excellent, so no whinin’!

Concrete Hermit

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RazorHood by Soliloquy Clothing

by Andy on January 30, 2008

RazorHood from Soliloquy Clothing
Very cool idea in this design, simply though enjoyably executed too. And now for a bit of poetry from the SC team:

…and from the dark there sprang a light, followed by hundreds of butterflies… hope rests in strange places…

May I recommend this hoodie for those of you about to embark upon some kind of quest for justice?

Costiness=£42 Link

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Downtree tee @ Palmercash

by Andy on January 30, 2008

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I’m pretty sure I saw this design being worn by the slightly-less-nerdy one on not-that-bad-though-often-scientifically-inaccurate TV show ‘Big Bang Theory.’ I don’t really know why the tree is hanging down from the neck-line, but it is nice to see that kind of innovative and unusual placement when the shape of the tree trunk really lends itself to this kind of look, even if the tee itself isn’t all that exciting.

Costiness=$18.99 Link (use the code us46 to get 10% off your purchase)

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T Bold Plaid Eclair by Triko @ Karmaloop

by Andy on January 30, 2008

T Bold Plaid Eclair by Triko @ Karmaloop
If I’d seen this tee at the beginning of the HYA ‘journey’ I’d have dismissed it off-hand as a tee for ‘those streetwear people.’ But nowadays I’m pretty open-minded, and even if I don’t have the cajones to wear a tee like this, I do quite like the way that they’ve mixed the traditional side of things (and made it monochromatic too, as if to emphasise just quite how old plaid is) and totally flipped it on its head by laying it onto a pink t-shirt. Its a bit of a pity that they don’t offer this in slightly more… subdued colours for the tee… maybe something in a pastel shade?

Costiness=$36 Link

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Seibei vs Goodie Two Sleeves

by Andy on January 30, 2008

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*PANIC OVER, ALL PARTIES WORKED THINGS OUT AMICABLY, EVERYONE’S HAPPY, SEE*

Let’s get this clear from the outset: I like David (Mr. Seibei). He’s a good guy, we bounce e-mails back and forth on a variety of issues, and he’s sent me stuff in the mail before. For that reason I feel as if I’d be on dubious moral ground shouting accusations about what the comparison picture above suggests. That said, when I saw the tee on the right, I immediately thought “dude’s been ripped,” and whilst the two items are fairly different, the similarities are undeniable.Here’s the back story: Seibei first put the tee on the left of the picture on sale in the summer of 2005 and it has gone on to be one of their best sellers. I’ve always thought of the dinosaur as being the unofficial mascot of Seibei, especially as it has also popped up on the Ice Wizard hoodie (late 2006? early 2007?) and Dino checkerboard tee (I have no idea of the date, sorry). In January of this year Hot Topic started selling the the tee on the right, which is by a brand called Goodie Two Sleeves, who I know nothing of, though my research suggests they’re pretty big and are suppliers to chain and department stores across America. So there’s about a two and a half year gap between the two tees going on sale.

David’s hope is that G2S stop producing and selling the “Awesome Monster Tee,” and has contacted them to that effect. In reply they have stated that any resemblance of their design to “Sandwich Dinosaur” is completely unintentional. Offers were made to David (I am broadly aware of what the offers were, but I don’t think it is appropriate to share them), stopping selling the “Awesome Monster” was not one of those offers, so David declined what they put on the table.

I think that gets us up to speed. David seems fairly resigned that there is little he can do about this. We’re looking at a David vs. Goliath situation (in this case the David is actually called David, which helps the metaphor) and his one-man-brand can’t really compete with G2S and HT on a legal battlefield. I guess the only way he can console himself is that he’s not the only person that this has happened to, which I would presume isn’t much consolation at all.

Links:
Sandwich Dinosaur tee: here
Awesome Monster tee @ Hot Topic: here
Seibei: here
Goodie Two Sleeves: here [warning: Fash site with some sound] Original post on the Seibei blog: here
Fantastic Bonanza’s take: here [note: slightly less restrained than mine]

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The polls have been thrown open for the people’s choice award for their Bestees 2007 Awards ceremony. The winner gets ten grand, so head on over and make your pick. I was actually kinda disappointed looking at the selection available, I feel as if all the design available to vote on are great illustrations, but I’m just not sure so sure if they make for great tees.

Go vote!

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CMYK by KartGart @ Bountee

by Andy on January 29, 2008

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I guess that for most people in the street this will just look like a cool, colourful tee, which is great, but what you’re really after is the nods of recognition from people that notice that the colours being used are cyan, magenta, yellow and black (why isn’t it CMYB?), the colours used in printing, which I guess is the second little joke since obviously this tee is printed using those colours.I wonder if this tee is actually quite hard to print for Bountee, since with mosr designs if you’re a bit off its not too important since people are usually looking at the design, whereas with this an accurate colour palette is crucial to completing the effect.

Costiness=$20.39 Link

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RH V.I.P by Adidas @ Karmaloop

by Andy on January 29, 2008

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You know what’s cool about this track jacket? You’ve gotta look pretty damn close to tell that its made by one of the largest sportswear manufacturers in the world. I like that, I know that people stay away from companies like Nike and Adidas precisely because they don’t want to feel as if they’re being treated like a walking billboard, and its pieces like this that I find refreshing, of course, the fact it costs about double what I’d expect to find on an Adidas pricetag probably has something to do with the lack of branding, but its still refreshing.The cherry and gold colourway is pretty gorgeous, especially as it is set off by the little black pattern up around the shoulders and arms (which does include some teeny-tiny little Adidas logos).

Costiness=$86 Link

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Review: Gorilla Fronts by Chaunce Clothing

by Andy on January 29, 2008

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I don’t usually wear review tees before writing the review, but I’d been unusually conscientious and taken both sets of Chaunce pics on the same day, meaning I could wear this one on a Saturday night out with my friends. On the whole, they liked it, there’s no need for me to tell them a story for them to understand it, and most importantly, I’ve never met anyone that thought a gorilla wasn’t cool. Maybe I should do test runs with every tee I get sent? That way I can judge it from a t-shirt obsessive’s point of view, and along get the view of ‘normal’ people.
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Like I said in the above paragraph, gorilla’s are cool, couldn’t you just watch them all day? I wouldn’t want to be near a gorilla when its angry like the one on the tee, but hot damn I’d enjoy watching it on TV! I love the use of selective printing in the design, I’m sure that isn’t what you’d call it, but I wouldn’t really call it a high-contrast image, they’ve just printed enough to make it clear that this is a gorilla, and its pissed. I like the colourway, nice and subtle. Some of my friends did note that it was fairly hard to make out that it was a gorilla, although that was when we were under fairly dark coloured lighting in a club, so that might be an unjust slight on the design. And considering that in the black version of this tee the print is dark gray, I would say that its meant to be that way.
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As with the other Chaunce tee I reviewed, this one feels good quality too (so the other wasn’t a one off!). Since I believe its a custom tee I guess you want to know about the shape. Compared to American Apparel, I think its ever so slightly wider, about the same length, a bit thicker and more heavyweight, the arms are about the same shape and its a little bit less stretchy. Basically, a slightly heavier fashion fit tee than usual. The printing is decent too, fairly thickly printed, feels as if its going to last. Much like the previous tee, this one also has Chaunce’s logo (a small gorilla) printed on the back lower right of the tee, and there is also a small, light blue tag on the sleeve, pretty unobtrusive, I actually like how it contrasts.Costiness=$24.99 Link

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Monsieur T’s 4th year anniversary sale

by Andy on January 29, 2008

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Straight from their mailout:

Monsieur T. is excited to celebrate their 4th year in business. They want to thank everyone for all of the support throughout these years. As a token of their appreciation, they’re offering discounts of 30-50% off for 4 days.

The sale section for guys is here!
And the sale section for ladies is here!

Sale ends Thursday, January 31st at midnight PST.

Just a couple of days, so buy it if you want it!

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Save 20% on your order at Ten Bills

by Andy on January 28, 2008

Use the coupon code SAVETWENTY to get 20% off your order at HYA favourite Ten Bills. The coupon lasts until February 15th, so you’ve got a few weeks to get your order in.

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Native America by Aya Kato for Beautiful/Decay

Its not often that the product pic I use is of the back of the clothing, but that’s where the majority of the action is going on with this hoodie. Beautiful/Decay have once again scoured the world (or maybe they just closed their eyes, opened their magazine on a random page and rang up the artist) and comissioned Japanese Aya Kato to design a hoodie for them. Since there’s quite a lot of detail on the hoodie I’ll let B/D take the reins for a minute:

This reversible hoodie features the female head design depicted in the Native America t-shirt across the back, with feather designs on the shoulders and a circular emblem on the front. The interior is an orange and black triangle pattern. Designed exclusively for Beautiful/Decay this extremely high quality zip-up Hoodie is completely cut and sew and is like have 2 hoodies in one. Other embellishments include customized stitching and a solid steel B/D zipper pull.

Costiness=$83.93 Link

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God Save Stan Lee by Secret Headquarters

by Andy on January 28, 2008

god save stan lee tee by secret headquarters
I may not be a comic book guy, but I certainly do seem to post about comic-related tees with unusual frequency at the moment, and why the devil not, even I can recognise the effect that Stan Lee has had on the world of the graphic novel (see, that shows its a medium I respect!), and in turn has had an effect upon movies and TV. Also, I always like it when he pops up little cameos in movies.

I don’t know why he particularly needs saving, or why this tee is particularly hilarious (except for the fact that some people think that it should probably be sold in sizes above XL), but it still looks pretty cool.

Costiness=$21 Link

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