Motivate Clothing T-Shirt Review

by Amy_F on July 3, 2012

Motivate Clothing Company

I was so excited when I got home from work a couple nights ago as my mom places all my mail on my work desk and I was pleasantly surprised to find amongst all my bills was a pretty package from Motivate Clothing Company.  Still fairly new to blogging on here, this will be my very first review and this is the perfect company for me to start with!

Let me begin with the customized poly-bag mailer that Motivate’s clothing arrived in, was not only sophisticated but simple and classy.  A slick black bag with a gold circle logo yet with a handwritten return address label.  Though you’d assume that if a company is spending the money for custom mailers they’d splurge for a custom return label – yet I have to say it was a nice personal touch.  Owning my own clothing company I actually do the opposite – no custom mailer but a custom return label.  Hey, personally I think either way balances the scale nicely!

I had no idea what shirt I was getting but I had secretly mentioned to Andy that I was kind of obsessed with the Fingerstache T-shirt off their website.  Well what do you know, I ripped open the package and I guess a little birdie squealed on me or it was fate, because exactly what I wanted was inside!!

I reached in and grabbed what items were floating around and what I ended up pulling out totally made me laugh.  Alongside a small zip baggie of custom buttons was a small baggie of Warheads!! Yes, the candy!  I burst into laughter because well as a second job aside from running my own business I am a Nanny.  A few days ago I confiscated a HUGE bag of Warheads from the kids to which I had absolutely no idea where they got them from and they had no idea I took them away and hid them with my own stash of food.  So when I pulled out a small baggie of Warheads, it was just too ironic and I couldn’t help but chuckle.  Needless to say aside from the buttons and candy there was also a lot of stickers and business cards.  I’m not sure how I feel about a bag of candy placed in with my clothing item.  I mean if they send that out with all the orders, I’d just worry that if the package sits too long in a hot area, those things melt.  Even though they have them in a small ziplock bag, I’d still be concerned that it’d melt, leak and/or ruin the stickers or even worse, the clothing.

I really do enjoy when a company takes the time to include a little hand-written note in the package.  It really adds to the charm and appeal of an indie brand.  Of course Motivate Clothing didn’t disappoint and sent me a small hand-written note with an awesome discount code that I predict I’ll be using in the near future!  It was a nice touch as well as throwing in the clothing companies business card and the owner’s personal business card.  I’m not sure if this is done in every package or was just for me but Cory (the owner/designer/creative director at Motivate) has some pretty rad business cards!! (Check them out in the above photo ie: Witty Walrus haha)

My only reservation about the little extras companies include in a package is ‘less is more’.  Again, I’m not sure if some of these items were thrown in just for me being that I blog and am a fellow business owner and were for my personal keeping or they’re included in every package but I mean I would have been satisfied with 1 or 2 stickers; 5 might have been over-doing it.  Then again, who can ever have enough stickers, right?

Now onto the design, Fingerstache!  Motivate Clothing Company donates 10% of proceeds from each different shirt to a particular cause.  I really love this about them and think it makes shopping a bit more fun knowing that you’ll be somehow contributing to a meaningful cause meanwhile having a keepsake that you can wear.

Fingerstache’s proceeds (10%) are donated to Movember.  Movember is where men usually don’t shave for the whole month of November to raise funds and awareness for men’s health; specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.  Having been unaware (because I didn’t read their website description when I first noticed the shirt saying how much I liked it) what this particular design stands for, after reading the hang-tag on my shirt that Motivate so cleverly includes, I was very very pleased.  Some of these particular heath issues and cancers hit close to home for me which made this shirt that much more meaningful to me!

I like buying t-shirts that have an incredible product description or that have a really great/deep meaning so this is a definite 2 thumbs-up for me for Motivate donating to such great causes.  Check out their website to see what other causes they donate to and which shirt belongs to which!!  Very inspiring and motivational (pun intended).

Overall the t-shirt was super-soft and the design simple yet creative.  I’m not sure if it bothers me or I like the fact that the hand on the shirt reminds me of those clip-art directional hands.  You know what I’m talking about.  Either way this design is meant to be simple with the emphasis on the stache on the finger and I thoroughly enjoy it.  The shirt is a dark grey and the print is a lighter grey.  Looking on their website the shirt looks black which may be slightly confusing for some because they don’t have an actual product photograph up.  I have to say though the one thing that I was a bit sad about was that this is a unisex fit t-shirt and I love the design so much that I wish it were on a women’s fit for myself so I would be more willing to wear it on a daily basis.  I wear a lot of t-shirts to work and out and about but only if they fit me nicely and usually unisex ones I save for when I’m at home lounging or sleeping.  Even though it’s a small it fits me pretty large and I’m sort of hoping if I wash it once or twice I’ll shrink it enough to want to wear out – though it’ll never fit like an actual women’s t-shirt fits, so that’s a bummer and really the only downfall.

I’ll definitely be keeping my eye on Motivate Clothing Co. and what they come out with next and more importantly what cause it’ll be for.  Their shirts are only $20.00 and are top quality!  I love what they’re doing and will be ordering from them in the future hopefully for myself if they produce some women’s cuts :) !!  Be sure to check out their website  for a shirt that may inspire or hit close to home for you.

Thanks for the awesome tee & goodies Motivate!!

Keep up with them on Facebook and Twitter as well – I know I will be!

  • Ben_P

    Awesome work on the first review! That’s sure a lot of stickers. Who can’t get enough of stickers?! I’ve put most of mine on my Mac haha.
    I’ll be sure to check out their site though. I like the design, have always contemplated a finger tasche as a tattoo.

  • Ben_P

    Awesome work on the first review! That’s sure a lot of stickers. Who can’t get enough of stickers?! I’ve put most of mine on my Mac haha.
    I’ll be sure to check out their site though. I like the design, have always contemplated a finger tasche as a tattoo.

  • http://twitter.com/LittleLazies Little Lazies

    Nice job, Amy! Nice job, Motivate clothing – love the packaging…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BLZADGZTFVZPQ7HYS7A77TUPC4 Mercy

    i really want to appreciate for these motivate clothing T shirts review. Good luck for such an outstanding design team working.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Douglas-Henderson/783540299 Douglas Henderson

    Welcome Amy. Sheesh that was some in-depth review, well written and enjoyable

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