From the monthly archives:

January 2008

Powder Moves by LRG @ Karmaloop

by Andy on January 28, 2008

Powder Moves track jacket by LRG @ Karmaloop

I went snowboarding once, I have some ankle problems and figured that just strapping myself to a board where my ankles wouldn’t move was the best option… I was wrong, as it turns out people that don’t have great balance off the snow aren’t that well suited to sliding down a mountain in Austria!This is a pretty cool looking track jackets, the colourway is nicely balanced and subdued, although I would quite like to see the print on a black background, I think that might suit it more. The way that the winter-y scene rolls all the way around the body is quite interesting as well.

Costiness=$67.50 Link

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Review: C-Men by Chaunce Clothing

by Andy on January 26, 2008

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This review is a bit late in its arrival for two reasons. Firstly, the post service in my area is totally lame (Christmas backlog my tuckus!), and secondly Chaunce took their site offline whilst they prepared for the launch of their second line, which became available yesterday, so make sure you check that out. This tee (and the second one that I’ll be reviewing in Monday), are both from what Chaunce call ‘Drop 1′, much of this first line is still available for sale, but we can look at this review as being an indicator of quality for Chaunce as a whole as well as of the tees.
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So, these characters are, shall we say, somewhat familiar? I know what you’re thinking, but these aren’t the X-Men, oh no, these are the C-Men (no snickering at the back of the class!). But this is what Chaunce does, they take American icons and put their own little spin onto things, and use pretty damn nice colourways while they’re at it. I’m not really a comic book kind of guy, but I can appreciate the style of this kind of illustration, it lends itself well to being printed on a t-shirt, and the large “BOOM” printed on the back (check it in the pics at the bottom of the post) was a nice surprise when I took this tee out of the package
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In terms of quality, we are looking at a top-notch product. I can’t recognise the stock tee, so it might be custom, wherever it came from I like it, quite thick and weighty, lovely and soft, sleeves about the right length, and the print sits on it real nice. The custom Chaunce tag inside the tee really adds to the product as a whole, as does their little gorilla tag on the sleeve. One thing to note for branding haters (beyond them having their name in the middle of the tee), there is a printed gorilla on the lower back corner of the tee, kinda like what Oddica do with their designs, its pretty unobstrusive and as logo’s go, a gorilla is pretty cool.Costiness=$24.99 Link
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Buy One Get One Free @ EIO Clothing

by Andy on January 25, 2008

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If you buy a tee at EIO Clothing from now until January 31st, you will get a second tee, of your choice, absolutely free!

A great deal from a company with some great tees, and plenty of celebrity admirers, most recently including Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe.

I’m actually having a bit of trouble getting their shop to work at the moment, I’m not sure if this is because they’re getting hammered by the promo or if there’s something else wrong, but take a look around because it might just be a fault at my end. *The tees are appearing for me now, not sure what was wrong.*

EIO Clothing

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Big Crown by XLarge

by Andy on January 25, 2008

big crown pullover by XLarge
I haven’t mentioned XLarge for a while, but they dropped some fresh gear last week that just begged to be mentioned. I know it incorporates their logo and some people aren’t down with that, but its kind of what XLarge do, and I feel compelled to respect the audacity of a company that puts a crown on top of their own logo. It’s a nice looking, chunky, faux-camouflage too, but its pretty much begging for gold foil behind the camo.

Costiness=$64 Link

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from the depths 3d tee by heavy rotation

This tee is an oldie-but-goodie. Well, old in terms of tee design, its probably not more than a couple of years old. Don’t you think that it would be really cool if you went to a cinema where they were showing something in 3D and everyone was wearing the glasses in the cinema, then you walked in late and everyone got freaked out by your tee?
from the depths 3d tee by heavy rotation

Fair enough, that would be a pretty extreme reason to purchase a t-shirt, unless perhaps you worked at a 3D cinema and they had casual Fridays, but it doesn’t stop the tee from being cool even when you haven’t got the glasses on. In their description, Heavy Rotation say that the tee is light grey, but to me it looks more like a powder blue, so who knows whats going on.Costiness=$28 Link

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Hicalorie Loves You by Hicalorie @ Karmaloop

by Andy on January 25, 2008

Hicalorie Loves You by Hicalorie @ Karmaloop
I can’t believe how much of a sucker I am for big prints of Helvetica text which is left aligned. Its like a sickness. I guess there are worse addictions to have…

I’m clearly a sucker for Hicalorie too, and this tee doesn’t even have their usual so-cute-I-might-be-sick graphics on it!

Costiness=$32 Link

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Peekaboo x Johnny Cupcakes Owl Tee
We are living in the age of collaboration, everyone’s doing it, no one hires an artist anymore, they collaborate with them, why? Because it sounds cool, and gets some interesting results!

In that vein, a Seattle-based artist called Peekaboo (this guy, probably) has teamed-up with the ever-popular Johnny Cupcakes to produce a small range of tees.

My favourite is the one above with the owl on it, but the other designs don’t suck, and can be found in JCs shop (currently the top 6 tees).

Costiness=$35.99 Link

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Mauve: End of season sale

by Andy on January 24, 2008

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Just like the flyer says, Mauve are knocking 20-40% off a load of their products, with the sale running from now until the end of January.

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Deathbot Stockpile by Gama-Go

by Andy on January 24, 2008

deathbot stockpile hoodie by gama-go
Hold up, ho-ho-ho-hold up! Deathbot? I can’t believe I missed this off the robot posts!

I like the way that this is an all-over hoodie without being too stereotypically streetwear, I guess that’s probably because the colours don’t contrast too much, except for the lovely dash of colour that pops from the inside of the hood. Having the drawstring being the same as the inner hood colour is a great touch too. Isn’t it odd how I like the design because the colours don’t contrast too much, yet one of my favourite parts of the piece are that the hood and drawstring are an injection of bright colour. I truly am a fickle beast.

Costiness=$84 (free US domestic shipping) Link

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etherbrian signature series tee for Ghosticorn Apparel
My main memory of Pac Man is that back when my parents bought our first family computer (an Acorn A2000) is that my parents would play it for really long periods of time, often until about 2am on a work-night, and they weren’t gamer type people, still aren’t, I guess that’s the enigma of Pac Man. Also, Pac Man + Unicorns may actually be the most amazing thing ever imagined.

Costiness=$25 Link

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Kit Missile baseball cap by Blanck

by Andy on January 24, 2008

Missile hat by Blanck at the Karmaloop Kazbah
Just for a change, I thought we’d kick the day off with a hat. Have no fear, this blog ain’t turning into ‘Hide Your Scalp’ (hey, there’s an idea!), sometimes I just feel the need to hide my increasingly unruly hair.

I really like the use of the rubber print for the missiles and their name (in Helvetica… refreshing), and the way that it mixes with the lighter bit of embroidery. Do Karmaloop gift certificates work on the Kazbah? ‘Cos I might have to pick up one of these.

Costiness=$29 Link

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Mischa Barton likes Public Domain Clothing!

by Andy on January 23, 2008

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Readers from back in the early days know I’m a big fan of The O.C., so when Toby from PDC dropped me a line to show off some pictures of Mischa ‘hey, isn’t she kind of English?’ Barton throwing some admiring glances towards their designs at the Sundance Film Festival, I couldn’t help but let you guys check her out too, even if Marissa Cooper was pretty much my least favourite character. Also, did you know she was in Notting Hill? As a child, playing a child actor, I guess that must have really stretched her talents!*I forgot to mention that for a short period only, if you buy one tee from their store they will pick out a second one and send it too you for free!*


Public Domain Clothing

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Gold Lungs by CarlEton

by Andy on January 23, 2008

gold lungs sweatshirt by CarlEton
There’s a sad story behind this hoodie. The designers father, Richard T. Carleton, died recently aged 58 after a two year battle with lung cancer. In memory of his father, the designer has decided to make 58 hoodies with this design, with all the profits being donated to the American Cancer Society.

Getting away from the ‘story’ behind the design, I do like the way that the lungs are on the inside of the hoodie, its a very interesting idea, and we all know how much I love seeing metallic foil on a design.

Costiness=$58 Link

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Cycle of Violence @ Elsewares

by Andy on January 23, 2008

cycle of violence t-shirt available from elsewares
I know that some of you have a soft spot for technically illustrated designs, but how do you feel about designs based upon prototypes for amazing bicycles that could cause untold destruction?

Happy? I thought you might be. If I’m totally honest, I think that my favourite parts of this design aren’t the rear-mounted flamethrower, or the ninja-throwing stars, but actually the padded seat and non-slip pedal. It suggests that villains are looking for comfort and practicality when it comes to equipping their incompetent hench-men with a more environmentally friendly vehicle of doom.

Costiness=$25 Link

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The Astra Network Hoody by Analog @ Karmaloop

by Andy on January 23, 2008

Astra Network Hoody by Analog @ Karmaloop
I’m that kinda guy that loves sitting out in the cold looking up at the stars (ladies, that means I’m sensitive, form an orderly queue!), so its fair to say that I have a passing interest in the subject of space. People in space-suits though, I dunno, they seem a little small for me when I’m thinking about space, everything needs to be big up there, the ISS needs to be at least as a big as a Wal-Mart in my eyes.

The execution of this hoodie is pretty nice, I like the way that they’ve used a highly-contrasted image of an astronaut, and the way that its cut up works well, too.

Costiness=$49.99 (currently has 50% off) Link

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Neon Hello Kitty tee @ Fred Flare

by Andy on January 23, 2008

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Hello Kitty. Neon Print. Big Print. Hello Kitty on a freakin’ scooter!

I’m sure someone just lost their mind (in both the good and bad way) when they saw this tee.

Costiness=$26 Link

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Big Update @ Your Eyes Lie

by Andy on January 22, 2008

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Your Eyes Lie, the monochrome-loving makers of too-cool-for-school tees have dropped what they’ve described as a big update. No new designs as far as I can tell, but they’ve spruced up the site, and if you click at the bottom of their homepage then you can see some rather sexy looking models… modeling the YEL Spring/Summer 08 range. It’s a lot nicer to see actual people wearing the tees rather than just the tee, I’m always far more inclined to be buy something if I can see it being worn, which is kind of odd since it usually detracts from the design.

Your Eyes Lie

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Swarm by Squidfire

by Andy on January 22, 2008

swarm hoodie by Squidfire
I know I’ve mentioned a hoodie very similar to this one in the past (also from Squidfire) but it’s a style that I can dig and think that it looks good on a hoodie. Of course, I could never wear it, tiny things with wings freak me out. Big time.

Costiness=$45 Link

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qt-pi by Geek Bouteek

by Andy on January 22, 2008

qt-pi t-shirt for geek girls at geek bouteek
Here’s my theory on geek t-shirts for girls. The design is pretty irrelevant, simply wearing one will ensure that hordes of geeky guys will flock around the wearer and ensure that they will have someone to spend quiet nights at 127.0.0.1 with playing World of Warcraft until the day they die, presumably of an electric shock after an incident where they “totally knew what they were doing”.

I ain’t raggin’ on this design though, it’s actually pretty ummm… cute?

Costiness=$16 Link

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Rewind by Obey @ Karmaloop

by Andy on January 22, 2008

Rewind track jacket by Obey @ Karmaloop
Just a thought; does anyone make mixtapes for anyone nowadays? Mixtapes on cassettes? Everyone did that. CDs? Yup, and you could even make your own album art too. MP3s? Not so much. Does anyone remember romance?

Obey have a pretty good view from the top of the mountain when it comes to the streetwear world, and with good reason. I like the way that the print happily bounds across the zipper, and the black sits well on top of the heather grey, and I’m always a fan of a funnel neck on a track jacket. I’m not so sure about the bits on top of the shoulders though, what are they called? I get the feeling its something to do with flying or pilots?

Costiness=$54 Link

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