From the monthly archives:

March 2008

Miley Cyrus [hearts] Crooked Monkey

by Andy on March 31, 2008


Oh come on, don’t look at me like that, it’s a Monday, everyone needs a pickup, if I can’t post a Miley Cyrus vid now when can I?

This post is tee related though, in the vid the Hannah Montana (a show I have never seen, btw) star is wearing a ‘Waking Up is Hard to do‘ tee from Crooked Monkey. If for some reason you feel the need to dress like Miley Cyrus, now’s your chance!

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Sleeper hoodie by Burton

I know I’ve written about the Burton Sleeper hoodie in the past, but when I on my trips to-and-from Hong Kong last month (and yes, I will stop mentioning it all the time… soon) and realised that the Sleeper hoodie might have eased the unpleasantness of 11+ hours in economy class (even with a new spare seat next to me). The problem I had with the original version was that it had a big outline of a plane on it, which I thought would look kinda silly when you were actually on a plane. This version has a load of passport stamps on it, which I guess I have the same problem with as the plane, but at least you’d actually need to be a lot closer to it to realise what the pattern is of.

For those who are unaware, the sleeper hoodie is cool because of this:

No more crying babies, stiff neck, lost tickets, swampy arm pits or annoying fluorescent lights in your face. Inflate the integrated neck pillow in the hood, pull down the hood¿s light shield, crank up your new age mix or pop in your ear plugs, then pop some sleeping pills. Next stop nirvana. Travel as you know it will never be the same.

* 80% Cotton / 20% Polyester with all over tonal passport print. – Interior Jersey Lining
* Removable, Inflatable Neck Pillow
* Snap Out Light Shield
* Removable Eye Mask
* New! Travel Toothbrush Included
* Change and Key’s Pocket
* Zippered, Internal Passport and Ticket Pocket
* Sound Pocket with Headphone Cable – Hidden Stash Pocket with Ear Plugs
* Cuff Thumb Holes
* Pit Zips
* Custom Zipper Pull

Awesome, right?

Costiness=$100 Link

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MarginReports: You Can Make It Happen

by Andy on March 31, 2008

Onion Badgie

Andy: “Ummmm, why have you put those badges into takeaway cartons?”YCMIH: “One day we were making our onion-design badges and we noticed that they were… y’know, onion… badges…“(Queue bemused look from the devilishly handsome blogger)

Andy: “……..”

YCMIH: “Onion Bhajis!

Andy: “Ahhhhh! Now I get it”

And with that, I was thoroughly smitten with the ladies behind You Can Make It Happen, a small Manchester-based company set up by Jo Finlay in 2003. There was a fantastic quirky-Britishness about them, their designs, and entire brand philosophy that was really endearing. The often doodle-like hand drawn illustration style is a staple of their (usually food-inspired) designs, something which goes hand-in-hand with the hand-printed, limited edition nature of all their pieces.

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Fittingly, considering the food-theme that seems to run through their range, YCMIH are getting healthy and eating their greens. That rather strained metaphor (analogy?) means that they’re sourcing all their products from manufacturers that employ fair, ethically and environmentally conscious working practices.

They had quite a few products at Margin that I can’t spot on their typically whimsical, hand drawn website, such as a new ‘eat your greens’ range, and a guilt-free eco-bag, a product that is really big in the UK at the moment, so it might be a case of it taking a while for them to get to the site, but it’s entirely possible that they’ll have the latest stuff at Manchester’s Fashion Market every Saturday 10am-5pm on Tib Street (near Debenhams, if you know Manc. you’ll probably know where that is).

You Can Make It Happen

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We Are the People We’ve Been Waiting For by Ban T-shirts

I wrote about this t-shirt ten days ago, and then it turned up in the mail a couple of days ago, so I’m going to ask again, Ferrari, if you want me to review an Enzo, I’ll gladly have one for the weekend. You have eight days to respond!
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For those of you that are unaware, the slogan on this tee comes from a speech made by Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama, and even though it isn’t mentioned explicitly, I think that the quote clearly relates to his sounds-nice-but-doesn’t-mean-a-thing messages of ‘hope’ and ‘change’. When I first wrote about this tee a commenter, Carl, said that the design was lacking since there was so much wasted space. At the time I thought that Carl might be right, especially as we all know that huge type looks sweet, but now that I’ve had it in my hands I feel a bit different, the size feels about right, perhaps not having it dominate the shirt is meant to make the message seem a bit calmer and less shouty than it would with a large type tee? Also, I really like the use of a full stop to try and reinforce the message.
We Are the People We’ve Been Waiting For by Ban T-shirts

This is an organic tee from American Apparel’s ‘Sustainable Edition‘, which presumably means that the cotton plants get massages just like the AA employees famously do. This is actually the first AA organics tee I’ve received, and I must say I’m impressed, it feels pretty much the same as a regular AA tee, which I guess is what you want, no reduction in quality whilst producing an environmentally conscientious product. I don’t know how they last through various washings, so if anyone has experience with them I’d appreciate an opinion. Print is fairly thick, I think its plastisol ink.Costiness=$18.50 Link

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All shirts $10 at P is for Panda

by Andy on March 29, 2008

P is for Panda $10 sale!

$10 is a damn good price for these tees, if you don’t believe me, check out my past reviews of P is for Panda, where I thought they were good at almost twice the price.

P is for Panda

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Quicktees: TorsoPants

by Andy on March 28, 2008

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Everyone seems to be posting about TorsoPants, a new tee site from T-Shirt Hell founder Sunshine Megatron (yes, that’s his legal name), and about how ‘dry’ it is. They’ve also got ads going on Gmail, again pointing out how dry it is. To be honest, I can take or leave the tees, they’re better than I would have expected, and there’s definitely a market for them, but they just aren’t my style.

Check out this page to see how you can get $8 off your order. Oh, and the links page is pretty funny.

TorsoPants

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Dorabob Zip Up by Wrongwroks

by Andy on March 28, 2008

Wrongwroks Dorabob Hoodie

I actually picked up a couple of Doraemon money banks on a Hong Kong night market, so I feel slightly more justified in posting this Doraemon x Spongebob character mashup hoodie than I usually would when I dip my toes into the bright and shiny waters of anime.
Wrongwroks Dorabob Hoodie

Wrongwroks themselves describe this as “the best zipup we have done so far,” something which they seem to attribute to the fact that there are more than 30,000 stitches on the Dorabob. I don’t know stitching all that well, but that sounds like a lot to me!This is a light American Apparel fleece, so it should be perfect for those not-too-hot not-too-cold Spring evenings that should be arriving any day now (snow? it’s nearly April!). Presumably this is also a rather limited edition piece, since most things Wrongwroks are, and this one is only being stocked in their webstore, and none of their myriad of retailers.

Costiness=$80 Link (WR are always awkward to link to, the two hoodies are currently at the bottom of the ‘stuff’ section)

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Lost in the City by @ LaFraise

by Andy on March 28, 2008

Lost in the City by Whiff Focker @ LaFraise

Considering that I have a massive eBoy poster (incidentally, May 9th – June 30th, they’re exhibiting @ Concrete Hermit) on the wall behind my laptop, I was more than a little bit excited seeing a pixel art style t-shirt being a winner in the Vice Magazine x laFraise competition.
Lost in the City by Whiff Focker @ LaFraise (close up)

Striclty speaking, it isn’t all that pixelly, but the style is certainly suggestive of it, and that’s good enough for me. Beyond that, Whiff Focker has come up with a pretty stunning design and paired it up with a really interesting colour palette. If you want to see the design as a whole (the LaFraise product pics are cool, but you can’t really grasp the feel of the design), then here’s a link to a nice big jpeg that shows you the whole thing.

Costiness=€22 Link

In other LaFraise news, Jouni, their EU blogger, has announced that he’ll be leaving that post soon (perhaps today, I can’t remember), I haven’t actually had any direct contact with him, but he always made getting LaFraise news a lot more interesting and its a pity to see him go.

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Huff and Puff by LRG @ Karmaloop

by Andy on March 28, 2008

Huff & Puff Grey Wolf Hoodie by LRG @ Karmaloop

Sometimes I see a hoodie that is so ridiculous I can’t stop myself from posting about it. This hoodie is most definitely one of those times.

I guess that if this was a costume hoodie then I could have nothing against it, and I don’t want to be too negative because part of me applauds the audacity of LRG for producing a hoodie that attempts to make the wearer look like a wolf, but then I just can’t imagine a good time or occasion that I would want to wear it.

Huff & Puff Grey Wolf Hoodie by LRG @ Karmaloop

The red hood lining is pretty little-red-riding-hood-tastic though, so they have clearly put a lot of thought into this, although it would have been cool if the zip went all the way up so that you could close the mouth on the wolf and have a quick-and-easy Halloween costume, though I would presume that LRG were trying to avoid suggestions of costumery.

Costiness=$94 Link (for what seems like the 1000th time… if you use the rep code AS7594 you’ll get up to 20% off your Karmaloop order and support HYA in the process)

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Big thanks to Pokeadot, who I presume is a HYA reader, for letting me know that Imaginary Foundation released some new designs from their presumably Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory-esque headquarters in Switzerland.

Beyond that news, they’ve also changed their shipping method to a flat rate of $7 in the US, and $20 for us international people. I know that I should have probably put one of their latest designs as the picture to go with this post, but I really liked the image they made to showcase the new shipping policy.

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2one5: Springtime Stickup

by Andy on March 27, 2008

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Straight from their mailout:

Here’s the deal: You’re the one to run a stick-up on [ 2 one 5 ]. Instead of getting money, you’ll be saving a whole lot. No need for gun violence, robbing people, or purse snatching. We’ll be raising our hands and letting you scurry away with exclusive, special prices on the first arrivals from our Spring/Summer 08 apparel line including our Bandit hoodie and “double trouble” windrunners. As you’re saving those dead presidents, you might as well tip back a few glasses of free Chopin Vodka cocktails (from 7-9 pm) while chomping on complimentary appetizers courtesy of Alfa Restaurant. DJ Skeme will also be on hand to help you get sticky on the dance floor. Get on down to the Walnut Room, leave the violence at home by wearing your Demand Peace tee, and get ready for the Springtime Stick-Up! Bang! Bang!

* Thursday, March 27th
* The Walnut Room–1709 Walnut St, 2nd Floor
* Complimentary Chopin Vodka Cocktails 7-9 pm
* DJ Skeme

I was a little worried about what was going to happen when I opened up an e-mail with ‘Springtime Stickup’ as its title since all I hear about Philadelphia (2one5’s home) is that its the murder capital of America now, take that Washington DC!

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Cropped Blazer by Endovanera

by Andy on March 27, 2008

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As usual with my blazer posts, I wouldn’t recommend buying something over the internet that is so closely linked to body shape, especially when it costs as much as this one does, but this is way too nice to skip just because I wouldn’t buy it.For me, the cropping is one of the few let downs on this piece, for some reason it reminds me of the jackets that people wear when they’re riding horses in competitions, but its still a damned fine looking singe-button blazer, and the way that there doesn’t seem to be any buttons on the cuffs is a really nice touch.

Costiness=$525 Link [thanks, Shadeelaine@Notcouture!

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Hehe, I couldn’t stop myself resurrecting my old habit of punishing Americans for using American spellings in the title (how dare you not speak the Queens English!).dhectwenty (AKA Herman Lee, I think), you sir, are the man. If this tee wasn’t good enough, and it is, the one I’m featuring today is pretty damned impressive too. Paint splatters had seemed to be out of fashion of late, but this tee seems to deal with them in a different way. Instead of it looking as if paint has been flicked on it, there’s something a whole lot more natural about many of the splashes, although I guess that might be something to do with the gorgeous choice of colours. Colours, not ‘colors’. I’m never gonna give this spelling thing up am I?Costiness=$19 Link

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In other DBH news, they’ve finally let us know what the ‘Fabric Edition’ is that we’ve been teased with for the past few weeks:

40 singles 100% combed ringspun cotton, custom colors.
Silicon and enzyme washed for extra softness.
Featuring hand picked designs every Friday.
Selected designers receive $1,000 instant cash!

Basically, they’re going to be picking their favourite submissions and printing them, negating the whole voting process, which seems slightly counter-intuitive to the process, but I think we can all accept that DBH (and any other design competition) isn’t a democracy and that sometimes they spot some designs that they just love and want to print whether the community wants it or not. I guess you could also argue that Fabric Edition actually reinforces the democratic nature behind the voting process, since if they’re doing this, they’re clearly dedicated to supporting the decisions of the voting community.

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Croton Storm by Spiewak @ Karmaloop

by Andy on March 27, 2008

Grey Croton Storm Jacket by Spiewak @ Karmaloop

It’s a pretty understated kind of a coat, so I don’t really feel as if there’s that much I can say about it, but it does look like a quality piece that would fit nicely into any wardrobe.

The Croton Storm Jacket features a water proof breathable body, taped seams. The shell is tekora CL 100% nylon, the lining is mesh and taffeta. The piece also features 6 front pockets, a hood in the collar, M-65 style shoulder straps and the Spiewak logo on the right sleeve.

Costiness=$124 Link (were you aware of it? Get up to 20% off your order with the rep code AS7594, and help support HYA at the same time)

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T-Shirt Hacks Contest @ Instructables

by Andy on March 27, 2008

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Instrucables, a sort of how-to/DIY site that I may have mentioned in the past, is hosting a contest all able T-shirt hacks. I know there are lots of smart people out there that have major skills when it comes to making a t-shirt look a lot less like a t-shirt, and whether you’re interested in adding your idea (what? there are people that don’t use a t-shirt as a strainer when making jam!) or just looking for a bit of inspiration, its worth a click through to the entries. The prizes do seem to be somewhat lacking, but I don’t think this is a major Instructable contest.Instructables T-shirt hacks contest

[Note: I’ve never used a t-shirt as a strainer when making jam, though in an emergency situation it may well work]

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Get 20% off @ Ministry of Design

by Andy on March 27, 2008

Simplement, spend €29 or more at Paris-based Ministry of Design (which should be pretty easy considering they now sell HYA-fave Wrongwroks) and you are entitled to 20% off your order by using the coupon code PRINTEMPS during the checkout process.

I can’t see an expiration date for this coupon, but considering ‘printemps’ means ‘springtime’ in English my guess is that it won’t be around for all that long.

Ministry of Design

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Quicktees: Spring Leap

by Andy on March 26, 2008

Springleap beta homepage

Springleap is (yet) another design competition, excpet this one is from South Africa (I don’t think we’ve ever had an SA company on HYA before). You know the deal, tee designs get submitted, voted on (that starts April 1st on SL), and eventually winning designs are printed and sold (which should happen at SL in May).

The site design is pretty cool, and the prizes are decent (I’m a fan of designers being paid on a per-tee basis on top of a lump sum, even if it isn’t much per tee), and there is a focus upon community that isn’t seen in many other design competitions, but a design competition is only as strong as the talent in its community, so we’ll have to wait until April 1st to see what kind of design quality is available to be voted on.

Springleap

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Dove Mountain by PopJunkie

by Andy on March 26, 2008

Dove Mountain Hoody by PopJunkie

In a land of doves and picturesque mountains, bad days are hard to come by. Welcome to Dove Mountain. Design also available on a clock.

I love it when artistic blurb gives way to practicalities!

Costiness=$60 Link

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Hello Kitty No 5 by Public Library

by Andy on March 26, 2008

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I don’t know if this is an officially licensed product (after being in Hong Kong, I’m skeptical of all Hello Kitty merchandise’s authenticity), but judging by the amount of kitten cuteness associated with Public Library from a quick Google search I’d be willing to accept them as legit.

It’s a funny design, the red bow on the corner is such a cute touch, although it would be nice if they’d actually used a white t-shirt since the Chanel No 5 perfume box is white (if I remember all of those birthday presents for my mother correctly).

Costiness=$48 (now that’s an authentic price!) Link

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Vice City by Carboard Robot @ Karmaloop

by Andy on March 26, 2008

Vice City Wmoen’s Tee by Cardboard Robot @ Karmaloop

Cars and guns, now that’s a recipe for success!

There’s something totally 80s about the way that they’ve got a blue to pink fade going on with the print, which I guess makes sense considering Cardboard Robot’s inspiration comes from the most 80s-tastic version of the Grand Theft Auto series.

Costiness=$25 Link (I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before, but you can get up to 20% off your order at Karmaloop by using the rep code AS7594)

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