From the monthly archives:

October 2008

Say hello to Chillers Clothing

by Andy on October 31, 2008

Established in 2005, Chillers Clothing features limited-edition, numbered original artwork. We only produce one thousand of each design, providing the buyer with something truly unique. Artists are selected from around the world representing various cultures and viewpoints through their artwork. We use the softest, highest quality materials available and our water-based, eco-friendly screen prints still look vibrant and fresh after thousands of washings.

Based in La Jolla, California, Chillers reflects the laid-back lifestyle unique to our area.“Chillers” has many meanings: to relax and go with the flow, to be easy going, to hang out and with your friends…and our clothing fits right in by providing the wearer with clothes that feel good, incorporate fresh, unique designs and are on the cutting edge of fashion.

I do think that there’s something fairly funny about calling “x out of 1000″ limited edition, fair enough, for Nike that is limited edition, but for a clothing company that are new to me those seem like pretty large numbers to be pushing. Still, the graphics are really nicely put together, and I look forward to seeing what they put into the mens side of their store.

Chillers Clothing

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Fuzzy Ink’s Spooktacular Sale

by Andy on October 31, 2008


I’ve never really been all that into Halloween, but apparently its gaining in popularity back home, and the French seem to be big fans of putting decorations up, though I haven’t seen a single carved pumpkin yet (possibly because the fruit & veg here starts rotting after a day or so).

Friends of the mustache can rejoice, because Fuzzy Ink have put all the tees from their first series on sale at just $9.95 a pop. They’ve also released some very cool looking belts, and a track jacket with their name on it.

Fuzzy Ink

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More hot asian women on t-shirts = genius!

by Andy on October 31, 2008


Sometimes I have to wonder how I get put onto certain mailing lists (the amount of hip hop mixtapes I get sent is astounding), but the niche market of “photo t-shirts with hot asian women on them” is pretty unexpected. It’s also unexpected that there is more than one brand that does this regularly in their collections. I would say this though, once you get past the boobs and look at the regular stuff in Quolomo’s site, it’s actually pretty good.

GORILLI introduces QUOLOMO to Europe

QUOLOMO is a t-shirt, apparel and lifestyle project from Tokyo. Producing clothing under the central theme: “Design Japanese Culture,” QUOLOMO creations and collaborations draw inspiration from the array of sub-cultures, artists, pop-culture personalities and animated characters of Japan. In traditional Japanese language, QUOLOMO means “wear”. When producing t-shirts and apparel, QUOLOMO aims to create wearable garments dedicated to the time tested sensibilities and standards of quality, artistry and originality.

The first delivery of the QUOLOMO collection is now available in the Gorilli Concept Store in Rotterdam (Netherlands) and also online in the Gorilli Webshop. As always in limited quantities only. Second delivery will follow soon. So stay tuned.

Also, I don’t think anyone has ever sent me an e-mail with 27 attachments on it, but I’m going to put them all in the gallery anyway after a /more, so click on through for more pics.
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Don’t you just hate it when you see people wearing Che Guevara tees? I do. I truly, truly do. Check out the rest of the range from Vig Tees, there’s some pretty funny stuff in there.

Costiness=$20 Buy it at Vig Tees

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Artevist is a community where artists can come together to share their ideas on BIG issues and create wearable art with meaning and purpose. The BIG issues can be local or global (everything is related) and they can span themes such as: AIDS, climate change, consumerism, extinction, human rights and pollution. It’s also a place where nonprofit organizations and artists meet, and produce work that helps spread their message to a larger audience.

I can’t decide if these guys are new or not, because I am 100% sure that I’ve seen Ian Leino’s bicycle design (the red tee) before, but they say that they’ve just launched. Who knows, I guess it doesn’t matter whilst there’s activism to be getting on with.

Artevist

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2000 Posts – Wowzers!

by Andy on October 31, 2008

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I usually miss the birthday/ceremonial posts, but I’ve got this one right on point. This is the 2000th post to be published on Hide Your Arms. I don’t think I need to give a speech for this one do I, it’s just a number, but still, I thought I’d point it out.

(anyone fancy translating the text in the picture?)

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Kids are Hoodie People too

by Andy on October 30, 2008


hoodie People, the people that sell hoodies, have started selling hoodies for kids. I don’t know much about kids clothes, despite having being one myself, but I think they look quite cool, does HYA have any readers/parents that could comment on these?

Hoodie People’s Kids section

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I don’t really know what the connection is between the American election and them selling t-shirts for $10 ($18 polos, $25 hoodies), but I don’t want to question it too much in case I jinx it and they pull the sale.

Oddica

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Here are three of the latest tees available at Split Reason, perhaps you might pick one of them up if you were the winner of this weeks Split Reason x HYA gift certificate giveaway?

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Say Hello to Evenagamba

by Andy on October 29, 2008


Looking through the archives of HYA, I think its pretty clear that I’m usually more concerned with what is on the front of a t-shirt or hoodie than the actual piece of clothing itself, but I can also appreciate it when people produce a really high quality hoodie with a slightly different cut to the norm.

EVENAGAMBA is a New York based company that designs fashionable hoodies combining comfortable materials with unique cuts. Our styles delineate sexy silhouettes for women and provide flexibility for men.

I’d imagine that just by looking at the pictures you can tell that this is a premium brand, and as such we aren’t exactly talking American Apparel-style prices, but the clothes certainly are different, and there’s lots of little touches that you can’t see in the pictures (iPod pockets, earphone eyelets, suit jacket style linings, leather patches) that help you to justify treating yourself during these troubled economic times.

EVENAGAMBA

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What was new at Threadless this week?

by Andy on October 29, 2008


I’m really impressed with the releases at Threadless this week, and I think that AJ Dimarucot (aka collisiontheory) deserve an extra heaping of praise for his great design, the black/white one, called “Heaven and Earth“.

Threadless

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graniph loves Lovefoxxx

by Andy on October 29, 2008


Can you imagine there being a collaboration by two cooler entities? Lovefoxxx, the vocalist from Cansei de Ser Sexy (CSS), who was voted the 3rd coolest person in the world in 2007 (according to NME, but still), has teamed up with Graniph, one of my favourite brands, to release a couple of tees.

Lovefoxxx was actually a fashion design assistant and illustrator before doing the whole music ‘thing’ full-time, so its hardly a surprise that she’s produced a couple of great looking tees. I was going to say that they didn’t really fit with graniph’s typical style, but then as I was browsing the store I realised that graniph doesn’t actually have a ‘look’, unless that ‘look’ is ‘great looking tees’.

The tee is released on November 20th, so you’ve got plenty of time to save up your yen to buy it.

Graniph

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Self Harm Dogtooth by Chateau Roux [Review]

by Andy on October 28, 2008


Sorry about the photos in this post, when I took them back home they looked alright, but now that I’ve processed them it turns out it was actually too sunny and its pretty hard to make out the design. Too sunny in Cumbria, whatever next?

Chateau Roux didn’t exactly intend to court controversy when they launched a collection of tees called ‘Self Harm’, but since this is Britain, and we have to over-react to everything, there have been a number of people that don’t get it, and think that this range is actually about people harming themselves, when in reality, they’re just harming their t-shirts.


What sets this tee apart from the ‘normal’ tees available on Chateau Roux is that they actually want you to do some damage to it. I doubt they’d want you to cut it in two with a pair of scissors, but they certainly do want you to have some fun with a bit of sand paper. The tee came with a piece of sand paper attached to the hang tag, and you’re meant to use it on the print (which is a bit thicker than Chateau Roux’s usual prints), personalising the t-shirt by distressing it just as much, or just as little, as you want to. It’s quite an interesting concept, and I’d imagine that it might inspire a few people to start rubbing away feverishly at a tee or two from their own collection.

Here’s the lame part of the review, I haven’t actually tried distressing the tee yet, it seems like the kind of thing which needs quite a lot of consideration, angles of attack, levels of distress, whether to take a cheese grater to the hems, stab it with a knife… that kind of thing.


Of course, no matter what you do to this tee, its still going to feel damn good when you’re wearing it (and yes, I realise there are plenty of things you could do to prove my statement wrong). Chateau Roux’s standard blanks are very high quality, the tee that I was sent from them for the first review I did (which I think might have been in early 2007) is still going strong, so they’re clearly built to last. The cut is very much on the ‘athletic’ side, so buy a size up unless you’ve got a body that you want to show off.

Costiness=£35 Buy it at Chateau Roux

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Win a $25 gift certificate from Split Reason!

by Andy on October 28, 2008


Split Reason, the company that make clothing for geeks and gamers, have very kindly offered a $25 gift certificate to give away right here on Hide Your Arms. As usual, I don’t want there to be any ‘skill’ needed to win the prize, all you have to do is tell me what your favourite video game of all time is. Yes, its that simple. Just leave a comment on this post before midnight on Friday (French time) and you will be in the running to win the gift certificate.

Photo credit: drumecho

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Two new tees from Tokyo Art Beat

by Andy on October 28, 2008


Tokyo Art Beat seem to be a jack of all trades in the Japanese art world (and New York now too), they have events listings, job listings (rather sparse at the moment), interviews, news, and a very cool bi-monthly map of arts happenings in Tokyo.

Luckily for us, they haven’t spread themselves too thin, because their t-shirt ranges are always consistently excellent, and these latest two designs are no exception. TAB have a good blog post about the two new tees and their respective designers, or you can just head straight for the shop.

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Hawk Krall designs a tee for Gulaschbarom

by Andy on October 28, 2008


I hadn’t heard of Hawk Krall before, but anyone with a name that cool deserves a quick look at the very least, and the artist is from Philadelphia, so you know that I just had to post it. Gulaschbaron keep things limited, so there are 50 of these shirts available on their site, and I think you have 10ish days to put your order in (you can choose the tee/hoodie colour, which is nice) before they get printed off and shipped. 150 tees will also make their way to 10 specially chosen, though as yet unannounced, retail stores.

Gulaschbaron

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Snakes & Suits: Fall Line Out Now

by Andy on October 28, 2008


Considering I’ve never seen their site before, the whole lot is new to me, but Snakes and Suits released their latest line, and guess what? They have an ampersand design!

Snakes & Suits – Fall Line Out Now
We are proud to present our brand new Fall Line! We’ve been working for months
and months are so glad to finally release it! We hope you love it as much as we
do. We’ve got 7 new T-Shirts (including our first V-Neck!), 1 new hoodie and 2
new necklaces. Some brand new designs and some fresh new colorways on some of
our favorite designs from the past.

Also, we made a special Snakes & Suits shirt that we are giving away for
free to the first 100 orders over $50! There is no other way to get this shirt.
It’s limited to 100 and will never be printed again. Yes, it is a surprise as
well! Our way of saying thank you to the loyal and the quick! Thank you for
being a part of this.
-Snakes & Suits

PS – Thank you to A Rocket To The Moon and Brighten for modeling everything in
our web store. We’d also like the send a special thank you to Adam Elmakias for
taking the photos.

Snakes & Suits Big Cartel Store
Snakes & Suits Main Site

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And an Avril Lavigne Megapost for the finish

by Andy on October 27, 2008



I was wondering to myself who I should finish the big celebrity marathon with, and decided that Avril Lavigne was probably the best choice since I still had a few pictures of her left, and because she has been such a frequent subject of celebrity posts in the past.

The “Little Miss VIP” tee at the top is by Public Library, and I’ve managed to find it on sale, but its a Japanese site, so your mileage may vary. In the gallery there is also a few pics of Avril wearing a “Boys Like Girls” hoodie, they’re a band, so I guess you’d only buy that if you liked the band. There’s also two fairly non-descript grey hoodies with little stars on (one hoodie with red stars, the other with blue), which I doubt is anything really special and similar items can be found in a lot of high street shops, a t-shirt that I can’t quite make out the wording on, and lastly there is a black and white hoodie from her own clothing line, Abbey Dawn.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my sojourn into the world of celebrity blogging with a HYA slant, I enjoyed doing something a little bit different. Hopefully these posts will attract a whole new slew of readers who find the site through these celebrity posts, and then hopefully stick around for a little while and end up learning more about the wonderful world of independent clothing that is covered (… I still love that pun) on a daily basis here on Hide Your Arms.

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Hayden Panettiere is a Genius

by Andy on October 27, 2008


Wondering why there are so many celebrity posts on HYA today? Look here for an explanation.

Its a little sad that on my day of celebritees I’ve been able to find so few of the tees for you guys to buy if you so wished, but this one I definitely know the source of. This t-shirt, being oh-so kindly modeled by Hayden Panettiere, says “This Girl’s A Genius”, and is available from Local Celebrity.

Photo credit: Just Jared (y’know, because I haven’t taken enough pictures from there yet today)

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