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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