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Inka Inka – The Fixie Review

by Ben_P on September 20, 2015

I recently had the pleasure of reviewing a relatively knew brand called Inka Inka.

We have always loved unusual and wacky illustrated T shirts, so we thought… why not make our own? We spent a year travelling (partially in South America, hence the name!), gathering our design and brand ideas

It’s definitely evident that they have put a lot of passion into their brand with original artwork and complete new creative thought. Like I always say, it’s nice to see people doing something other than pop culture mash-ups.

I was lucky enough to receive ‘The Fixie’ which comes with his own background information and story that they write personally to send to you with your oder – which is a lovely personal touch to a product. Something that stands out when looking at indie brands versus established big brands.

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Bernard tried his best not to panic but the thought of losing his pearl to Vicious Vic & the Mad Mice Gang was really quite disturbing!

You’ll have to purchase your own one to read the extended story. Along with the tee I received a slew of cards that they have manufactured (just a little taste of things to come from Inka Inka) which were surprisingly funny, random and well produced! I’d definitely rather buy these over Hallmark cards.

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The design of this tee isn’t going to be to everyones tastes – and it doesn’t need to be. It’s got that fantastic blend of complete randomness but with perfect execution that somewhat reminds me of something I would expect in a Roald Dahl book. It’s further brought to life by the fantastic screen printing that has been done by hand. They’ve managed to fantastically deal with the problem most new brands encounter when they want to get their name out there. They’ve done this by subtly incorporating it into the design and not going for the in your face brand name print that a lot of people will do.

The quality of the tee isn’t perhaps the best that it could be – it’s definitely an area in which Inka Inka could improve. It feels a little bit stiff and slightly coarse on the skin however after sometime I do feel it will soften with enough washes. It isn’t something that necessarily detracts from wearing the tee but it does take a little while for you to forget about its feel. This is absolutely nothing that would detract me from purchasing the tee however – it is just an area in which they could potentially improve upon.

Overall I really like what Inka Inka have to offer and urge you all to check it out, and use the coupon code HYA to receive 15% off your order. Theres a lot on offer and something that would intrigue most people. Go and check them out!

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Seed of Life [SoL] – Double Review

by Ben_P on September 6, 2015

Jen and I had another opportunity to do a double review of Seed of Life – or SoL for ease – they’re an Israeli brand that appear to have been going strong for 5 years now, specialising in screen printed psychedelic clothing and accessories, for both men and women.

‘The art of S.O.L is influenced by mystical and spiritual experiences that have nurtured awareness and consciousness. These images evoke a message of a peaceful mind and a creative spirit, a message that unites us regardless of religion or culture.’

Off the bat I definitely like what they’re trying to convey, while I don’t think I personally am their target audience I can definitely appreciate the tranquility and spirituality behind it. 

We were pleased to receive a men’s t-shirt and a women’s vest and they came together nicely packaged with a free screen printed tote bag which was a pretty nice addition. I liked the tote bag so much and it perfectly fit my laptop in it so unfortunately it’s had a bit of wear and tear from being in my rucksack a large portion of the time.

Jen will obviously be reviewing the female side of things – as I’m sure it comes as no shock to any of you that I don’t have the slightest clue about women’s fashion or clothes.Design 1

I received the Peyote T-Shirt which you can purchase in 4 different colours – the amount of choice surprised me if I’m honest! Peyote for those that do not know is a psychoactive cactus so it’s quite cool for their shirts to have fitting names for the designs.

The feel of the shirt is fantastic – it’s 100% cotton, is soft and smooth on the skin and is lightweight but equally feels very durable and it’s all locally sourced and produced which I think is awesome; it’s safe to say that this is a good quality shirt. A low quality, uncomfortable feeling shirt is easy to identify but not having any irritation or even really knowing that the shirt is on you is a true testament to it’s quality – they’ve definitely nailed this down well. 

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I will admit that this design isn’t something that I would really go for, however I have received compliments on this design when wearing it and I can really appreciate the effort that goes into creating something so intricate – let alone screen printing it! I don’t even really know where to begin with trying to describe what I feel from the design. I do really like it but it’s just not something I would commonly wear – it makes me think of a dream catcher, or a mind map/thought processes and all sorts of imaginative things. That’s the real beauty of this in that it’s so open to interpretation and I can see how this definitely fits in with their ideologies. 

The design is screen printed both front and back, and has a slightly odd feel on the t-shirt because of the intricacy of the design. Running your hands over the design you can feel the individual screen printed dots. It also touts that it has UV Reactive Colours however I haven’t been in an area where I can actually see this – so I would definitely be quite interested to see how it looks. Perhaps having an example (if possible?) on the website would entice customers a little bit more. It’s definitely made me more curious and I’ll have to make sure I wear it the next time I go out anywhere that may have UV light!

We’ll move onto the female portion of the review now conducted by Jen.

As Ben said, I also got a top called the Uhloo Top.

The fabric was really soft and had a lovely handfeel but this is due to the amount of elastane that is clearly in the composition of the jersey, as you can unfortunately see via the shine on the tops. Nevertheless, this shouldn’t put people off as I feel the softness outweighs this aspect.

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I like the rawness of the edges that have been tightly overlocked, but the brand should be aware that this may cause stretching. This is what happened on the hem of my top and therefore it started to curl up slightly. Some may say this is adds to the uniqueness but I feel differently. Perhaps a normal hem would be better – but I understand this may cause a cost implication if using different stitch techniques.

The print quality is good and almost mimics the technique used by American pop artist Lichtenstein, with dots creating the image – although a much simpler version, which I feel is quite fresh and interesting to see.

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The print image I was sent was the owl, personally I do not like it as it is not to my taste unfortunately and feel it is somewhat lost on the purple ground, however love the fact that most tops have a print on the front as well as the back much the same as Ben’s top.

The brand offer lots of other top designs that are simpler such as (coincidentally) the Peyote Top  and perhaps more the sort of item that I would go for, but definitely there is enough choice for everyone.

Overall a good product and I would definitely like to see more from them in the future.

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The Heathens 79 – Mega Review

by Ben_P on July 30, 2015

Fair warning. This review is pretty gigantic in comparison to most we do! Buckle up.

I recently had the pleasure of reviewing an up and coming brand called The Heathens Star 79 , this was quite a good opportunity for a whole brand review as we got sent 3 X Mens T-shirts and 3 X Women’s T-Shirts, so it has been a pretty thorough review.

Obviously I’m not a lady so I can’t really comment on the fits and the styles and the general feel of the product so it was a good opportunity to get a new HYA writer to weigh in, so this review will be split into two sections the other section being handled by Jen.

So one thing I want to get clear straight away is that I like this brand and getting to know the main man behind it has been fun as well, it’s all homegrown – he has experience in the industry but all of this is done off his own back in his place, there is something super satisfying about chatting to someone who prints their own shirts, get’s their own shirts made and just wants to be involved in every step of the process along the way – to me it adds a little something extra to the shirt when you know the effort that has gone into it. That said overall there are some brilliant points to what he’s accomplished and also definitely some areas he can improve on or things that are not quite to my taste. 

When I received the package from The Heathens I couldn’t help but chuckle to myself ever so slightly – it was exactly how I imagined packaging up my products if I were ever to create a brand. They were packaged in a simple brown paper with string tied round and a wax seal. It. Was. Awesome. This is definitely a nice addition to any brand but obviously doesn’t mean what you receive is a great product. Just these little things that I enjoy and really does add to the professionalism of a brand and keeps it nice and consistent. Like I always say though these things aren’t essential to a brand but they add to the whole experience.

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So the shirts are custom printed (i.e. not Gildan not American Apparel) which is quite surprising for a relatively new brand. They are quite a thin shirt which personally I enjoy but this could effect the longevity of the garment, but for those who love a light weight shirt it is very comfortable. The shirts themselves also have a seam down the back which I’d never encountered before – I assumed it might have been a cost cutting exercise but when asking he thought it added a bit of character to the shirt. I’m inclined to agree that it is definitely unique but I found it slightly irritating initially but once on for a few minutes I soon forgot it was there. Just a little note that the female t-shirts don’t have this feature.

It was a bit of a mixed bag for me personally with the designs. I’ll start off with my least favourite which was the ‘Dog Villain’ I want to like this design, and it does certainly look cool, but the choice of having it quite faded out and especially on a white garment isn’t the best way to really show off the design, I think it’s a combination of quite a subtle design on a colour of shirt I don’t usually wear (if you were to look in my wardrobe very little of my clothes are white). This isn’t to say that the design is bad, it’s just not my taste and it almost comes across as drawn on to the t-shirt. Each to his own though, some of you out there may love it!

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‘Star Suicide’ is my next favourite, it’s bold, its big and it stands out thats for sure. This is how I like white t-shirts to be. I wouldn’t usually go for this sort of style but I can definitely see that this will appeal to people out there and the fade does look really good. I feel that part of the reason this isn’t my favourite is I’m probably not cool enough to be rocking this shirt!

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‘Line Drop’ my personal favourite, I really really like this one. It’s simplicity is awesome, I love the fade and the subtle Heathens typography behind the lines. One thing I will mention as a slightly negative is that using names in relatively new brands is somewhat off putting I feel for people purchasing their t-shirts if its too in your face as they won’t have an established fan base – however I think with these ones it has fitted in quite well to not be too overbearing from the style of the shirt. I’ve found myself wearing this one quite a lot actually so I can definitely say I’ve got a few white shirts I enjoy wearing now!

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Now we’ll pass over to Jen on her first post as she reviews the ladies side of the review!

I am very pleased to be writing my first post, especially for The Heathens 79 as I really like the tees they offer.

What I tend to look for in tshirts is the quality of the print itself – whether it is stiff due to the dye or technique used, and whether it grins. I also look at positioning of the prints, as well as the handfeel, colouration and quality of the fabric used in the tshirts themselves. I was given three of the women’s options, two of which I love and the other isn’t really my taste but obviously that’s just personal opinion. The fabric is of good quality but not the softest or heaviest jersey.

There is nice detailing on each tshirt with back neck binding and shaped sleeves. The logo is printed in the back neck also which is a nice touch and shows the branding. One negative would be that in one of the tshirts this was not lined up in the centre like the others – perhaps this was a small error on this particular sample but I’d hope a larger number sold on the website are like this as it shows inconsistency.

The labels used are awesome – a real point of difference. I love the unique-ness of the message. I can certainly say myself and Ben did drink whilst in the tees, but I have no comment on whether anything else occurred! What I will say is that I’d hope these labels change from paper to card if the brand get bigger.

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The ‘Feather Cross’ would be my personal favourite as the print is quite commercial following the cross trend on the high street a few years ago. This may put some people off, however working in fashion, I believe it is a great piece to have featured in the collection. The print is quite thin therefore the handfeel is soft – an aspect I prefer. However, due to this it does slightly grin but unfortunately probably unavoidable. The detail in the feathers are good and the positioning on the body is perfect.

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The ‘Rose N Bones’ is a nice design too with added colour, but I would have liked the position of the rose more symmetrical with the cross bones. Again, the print allows the fabric to remain soft and flexible.

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My least favourite is the ‘Heathens Star’ tee purely for the fact the print is shiny and has a stiffer handfeel than the others this is partly due to a rubber ink used in the name. There seems to have been 2 screens on this one too however the branding and the background are both black so you can’t make out the name easily. Personally, I would not buy this as I don’t like the design –it’s too masculine. 

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I would definitely consider buying the other 2 though, perhaps even more so if they were in long sleeved or vest shapes. The Heathens Star 79 are definitely worth a visit.

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Piekuo ‘Bat’ – Review

by Ben_P on June 28, 2015

Recently I got the opportunity to review Pieukuo. I was pleasantly surprised when receiving the package. It was the little additions to the T-shirt that makes this new starter seem more like an established brand. They have customised tape for their packaging, lovely information card as well. It’s definitely a very professional set up they have going, the website, packaging and final product all make this brand into someone to definitely keep on your radar.

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Going into the packaging, it was simple nothing too extravagant in terms of what it was actually delivered in a simple brown box. I can’t really fault anyone for not splashing out on over the top packaging because it’s one of those things that you end up tearing through and discarding anyway. I really thought the tape was a nice little touch as I’ve already mentioned as it definitely puts a personal touch onto a plain packaging.

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On opening parcel I was greeted by a clear plastic bag protecting the garment and inside with it was a descriptive card. It’s these little things that all add up to creating a very professional and established look for such a young brand.

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First off the design. I really like this design, it’s got a certain appeal that I can’t quite portray into words very eloquently, it reminds me of an old school 8-Bit video game enemy, It certainly appeals a lot to me at least! It’s again very nice that it isn’t a pop culture mashup thrown together that with a tenuous link – so it certainly gets a few little extra points on that side from me.

I do admit that one negative I had about the t-shirt to start with was that it seemed a tad too tight, the neck is very tight and I felt that across the chest felt slightly too tight for a medium shirt however I was pleasantly surprised because I was under the assumption this would be an uncomfortable shirt to wear for extended periods of time – it wasn’t. If you’re thinking of buying a shirt from these guys just be aware that the neck lines are tighter than average – which isn’t a negative aspect but I suppose I’m used to having a bit of wiggle room with my t-shirts and thats a personal preference. 

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The feel of the shirt is nice, it’s soft and feels very durable. The print as well is 2 colour screen print that has so far shown absolutely no signs of cracking, it definitely feels like it will last a long time, the one down side of this print is that it feels slightly heavy on the shirt and to the touch isn’t the nicest of prints – but really its a welcome trade off to have this image stay fresh looking for longer. The price of the Bat is £15 which I feel for all of what they’ve put into the design and overall experience is a very reasonable price.

Just a note that this design comes both as a T-Shirt and as a Sweat. Just incase one bat isn’t enough why not get both!

Overall I’m really impressed with Piekuo – they’re a relatively new brand in the grand scheme of things and the whole product from start to finish just looks fantastic, the website is beautifully design and they’ve really got a fantastic functioning website in my eyes. The designs are varied and they’re certainly unique. You’ll be sure to stand out from the crowd with anything from their site

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Bergies Sock Review!

by Ben_P on April 1, 2015

‘At Bergies™ we are determined to bring you the most awesome options from across the globe in socks, slippers and other really cool stuff. From socks with cats (we LOVE cats), to items for those with sensitive feet, to the Worlds Softest slippers – we’ve got something for everyone!’

So I’ve recently had the pleasure of reviewing a whole treasure trove of socks that were delivered by Bergies who class themselves as some what of a Sockurator. A self proclaimed, might I add amazing, title that is hard to deny. They quite literally may be the holy grail of socks. They stock a whopping 21 different branded socks. If I’m quite honest I didn’t even think there would be that many brands out there! They also have a few products of their own creation geared mainly towards keeping little ones feet nice and snug. IMG_1657

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Now I’m somewhat of a fussy sock buyer, so not all of the socks that I received were quite to my liking. You’ll more likely find me bare foot than wearing socks, however that’s not to say that any of these socks are bad, but not quite to my fussy foot requirements as you will read. The one great thing about socks I find though is the fact you can pretty much get away with wearing what ever the hell you like, and it leaves a great deal of creativity for sock manufacturers. Most people don’t really care what they put on their feet so you can be as outlandish as you like, which is awesome. Bergies really have a wide curated selection of socks to satisfy any persons sock desires.

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Burger Socks

I love the design of this one, it’s simplistic and comical at the same time. It definitely however is a design that’s well suited for socks, if it was anything else but socks I really don’t think I’d wear it. I most certainly wouldn’t go around wearing a burger t-shirt that’s for sure! The socks themselves are comfortable enough, not the most comfortable out of all of them. They feel slightly restricting on my feet. I’m a size 10 UK which is roughly 10.5 in US so I fit nicely in the middle of the one size range for these socks, I however would chalk this down to personal preference as I’m not a huge fan of a tighter fit for socks, which these definitely fall into the category of ever so slightly. Perhaps having various sizes of socks would improve this as trying to create a one size fits all sock for sizes 7-13 is probably a difficult feat! All of this said once I get over the initial tightness of the sock I can comfortably wear these for a day with no problems.

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Gangsta Socks

I was surprised to find that these were my favourite socks. I don’t know whether it’s the hipster-esque irony of wearing something that says gangsta on my feet hilarious or just the fact that these socks are probably the most comfortable out of all of the socks I received. The design is simple, it literally just says gangsta down the side of the sock. I can’t really say it’s the most amazing design out there but it makes me chuckle and I have a good laugh wearing them. Surprisingly as well, they’re fantastic for running, it must be to do with the cushioned soles to the them but I’ve worn them a few times while running now and they’re probably my go to sock for that activity now. Again it’s a 1 size fits all sock design and this time round it fits me perfectly and doesn’t feel a restrictive as the Burger Socks. I’d definitely be happy with purchasing these ones myself.

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Disrupted Stripe

The design of this sock would surely be welcome in any persons wardrobe, probably the most ‘normal’ sock out of the bunch that would be unlikely to get you any odd stares, unlike perhaps burgers on your feet! If you’re looking for a nice well designed sock this one is probably for you. I was expecting it to be quite uncomfortable to be honest, it looked like it was very small for my feet. I was pleasantly surprised that it just about fit quite well, it’s slightly snug but when I was walking around and doing my general day to day things it didn’t feel uncomfortable. However when I think about the sock on my foot it is just a tad too tight. I have to pull out the end of the sock ever so slightly making the heel not match up quite perfectly, however I can’t really fault them for this. As you can imagine I’m a bit of a fussy sock wearer so take my criticisms with a pinch of salt, I could wear this sock for the day and get on perfectly well with it but I think I could do with it for my own personal preference to be slightly larger.

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Mohawk (Mr T!)

I’ll start off by saying. I love this design, it’s awesome. I mean what isn’t to like? For a design it is my favourite because it’s just hilarious however, as a sock it’s not so good. The sock doesn’t really have any shape to it, they came flat, most socks will change direction at the heel. These lie perfectly flat ton the ground, the actual formation of the sock is very uncomfortable and just seems like two pieces of fabric that have been sewn round the edges so your toes uncomfortably hit seam right at the end of the sock opposed to being on top of your toes. The design as well suffers from the construction of the sock, because it is a one size fits all the image distorts and has bad ‘grinning’ when actually worn, which makes the actual design on the sock a tad to make out. I really wish I could have given these socks a better review but to me they’re more of a jokey gimmick sock to give someone than an actual functioning one. I think you could maybe get away with wearing this sock as more of an in-house slipper alternative but for day-to-day wear I found it rather annoying unfortunately.

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Great Waves

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When trying out these socks it took me a little while to get used to them, annoyingly you can’t really just pull the socks on you have to work them slowly up the foot which was quite infuriating. I found that one of the socks in particular had a point where you pulled the sock up to and it got caught on your heel, there were a couple of threads going across the heel line (presumably to keep the heel shape) that just felt like it would tear a hole in the sock. Perhaps this is a slight manufacturing fault on this particular sock because the other one wasn’t as irritating to pull on – although it still was a bit problematic. Once I had the sock on it was very comfortable and felt lovely on my foot, they weren’t overly tight which was a bonus for me. The design is nice, I can’t really give them much credit for it because it obviously isn’t an original design – however if you fancy a bit of wearable art for your feet it is very cool. I was a bit confused on their website initially as they had two of the same design. I spoke to the guys over at Bergies and the manufacturer actually charges a slightly higher price for the bigger sock due to the extra fabric used. It’s also got a slight different composition, but it’s very marginal so I’m not sure whether that would contribute to the price change. Luckily it isn’t too steep it’s about $3 difference but it may be a bit off putting for some. Personally I think it is a bit daft to have different sizes of socks being priced differently for the exact same design, but I’m not holding that against Bergies but more at the manufacturer.

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Shark Attack

These are probably tied for my favourite alongside the gangsta socks. They’re a fantastic all round sock, comfortable, ease to put on, awesome design that I really like and I really don’t have any problems with them at all. I’ve worn them the most out of all of the socks and they’re just a perfect fit for me! I’m honestly at words as to what to say really regarding them because I can’t think of anything negative to say.

Overall I really like what Bergies are doing, I must admit though I’m a bit of a cheap skate when it comes to socks and usually just buy what ever is on offer, but these are a really nice collection to my socks now and it is fun to wear socks with awesome designs on! If you’re in the market for some new socks definitely check them out. 

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Worn On TV

by Ben_P on March 27, 2015

Ever wondered where your favourite character from that show you were just watching got their clothes from? Wonder no more! You’re bound to find what it is you’re looking for with Worn On TV. It’s got an extensive list of TV shows to choose from as well. I know personally there have been times I’ve been curious, perhaps this is an excuse for me to now go back through binge watching all of my favourite shows…

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New Delivery From Milk

by Ben_P on March 23, 2015

Fresh in from the Milk Man. Milk UK have their new line out now!

Coming from our success of our summer14 line we have managed to step up the garments even further in this release, from cut and sew pieces, to experimenting with textures and embellishments. Here is a brief breakdown of the collection:

Script Hood- Since releasing it 2014 and having it sell out in 3 weeks we had to bring this garment back in 2 colourways! (Heather Grey/Black x Mint Choc Chip) The also pullover hoodie features our custom milk bottle drawstring ends which caught a lot of attention last year.

College Dropout Varsity- Our first varsity in Navy/Burgundy. Features an embroidered ‘milk script’ patch along with a textured ‘Drop’ chenille patch, typically seen on varsity jackets.

Lost Boy Crew- A cut and sewn 3 colour crewneck featuring a torso print and contrasting cuffs

Downtown button up: A cut and sewn flannel ‘skater fit’ shirt featuring a contrasting black pocket with a large pocket print.

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Ben : I’m big fan of Milk and have been for a little while now. I’ve actually purchased some of their stuff before and I can say it’s well worth it. The presentation of the delivery and finished product is just awesome. It’s hard to believe that they’re a relatively new brand in the grand scheme of things because their presentation is just spot on. The garments come packaged in old milk cartons which is a cool little touch, and everything features a nice little tag and really ties all of their products together with that professionalism you don’t necessarily see so early on. I’ve actually got one of their early on pocket tees, which while the quality of the shirt wasn’t the best out there, the whole feel of it was still very awesome – However having a chat to Matty over at Milk he assures me their quality has been ramped up a lot!

Anyway on to the actual new release. I’m a personal big fan of the simple Milk hoodie, the font is just awesome and mainly overall I love it for the draw strings (I know such a stupid reason to love a hoodie but who cares). I also particularly like the button up shirt with contrasting pocket, it’s simple and cool and I can see it appealing to a wide range of people. I’m not a huge fan personally of the Missing Crew Neck or the Varsity Jacket personally but that’s just not fitting with my tastes. I love the idea behind the Missing one however and it does make me chuckle but I just wouldn’t wear it (I don’t think I’ve ever worn an actual sweat shirt so I think that’s what puts me off a tad). The Varsity jacket is cool but again I’m letting my personal tastes affect my opinion here I just don’t see myself wearing it, it looks pretty awesome though with the custom patches on the left breast, the Milk drop emblem looks a tad rough around the edges close up on the images but that’s a manufacturing fault and not a reflection really upon their design and it’s only very minor areas where there seems to be a loss of colour.

Overall it’s a very strong lineup and there is sure to be something that will fit most peoples tastes out there, and definitely check out the rest of their products as they have some very well priced clothes! What do you guys think to their new line? Let us know!

 

 

 

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Raspberry Pi Based Twitter Print Bot

by Ben_P on March 14, 2015

Cor that’s a mouthful. First off… Happy Pi day!

We’ve been informed of quite an interesting creation in celebration of Pi day. For the short and sweet and less nerdy version – essentially these guys have created a system where by you can tweet a photo to a twitter bot and create and design a t-shirt through their creation. If you want to know more indepth of how it was created check out what they’ve had to say at the bottom and definitely head over to their website for more information.

I for one am curious to see how much random stuff they get spammed to their twitter bot, certainly going to be an interesting Pi day for them. I wish them the best of luck because it does seem like an awesome simple process in the same vein as RedBubble, if you’ve got a spare 5 minutes you could create a simple doodle and make a bit of money off it if people buy your shirt!

If you can’t be bothered checking them out, or can’t be bothered reading just send an image to @tshirtplease and wait for a response. Enjoy!

Fashion brand allows customers to control their clothing factory, design and make clothing using a twitter-powered Raspberry Pi

An Eco fashion company has marked #piday by connecting a Raspberry pi to their clothing factory, and customers can control clothing design and production through twitter.

Rapanui, an Award-Winning eco clothing manufacturer from the Isle of Wight has connected a Raspberry Pi (credit card sized computers used in the teaching of basic computer science in school) to their real life factory and is allowing anyone to take control of the t-shirt making process via twitter page @tshirtplease. Rapanui has developed the page to mark #piday: Due to the date’s similarities with the famous mathematical constant, the fourteenth of March (#piday) has become popular for Raspberry Pi related educational events, projects and hackathons.

The @tshirtplease project allows anyone in the world to create a t-shirt at the Rapanui factory by Tweeting an image to @tshirtplease. The Raspberry Pi mini-computer was coded using NodeRed, an IBM software product that was developed to power the Internet of Things. It will tweet the user back a buyable t-shirt that they can save, share with their friends or buy to wear themselves. An IBM employee said this was the first recorded use of NodeRed being used to power a life internet-of-things production system.

Mart Drake-Knight, co-founder and CTO said “We recently developed an API for our factory that allows mobile and web developers to connect their applications to our factory. It’s been inspiring to see how the inspiration of #piday can help accelerate learning and product development.”

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New designs at Ian Leino.

by Ben_P on March 3, 2015

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“May the Ghosts be With You?” re-imagines the Force ghosts from the original Star Wars trilogy as the ‘hitchhiking ghosts’ from the Haunted Mansion attraction, and even includes a custom background pattern based on the classic wallpaper.
“Banana Nana” is my attempt to express the pure joy of being able to dress up like one of your favorite characters, forget about your daily life for a brief time and to almost believe that you actually ARE that character. It’s a joy known by children and cosplayers everywhere!
As always, shirts are screen printed locally in Asheville, NC on American Apparel 100% soft jersey cotton shirts.
Ben : Overall these designs are clean, well illustrated and look really good on the tees (at least from the product shots!), screen printed on American Apparel as well it’s hard to go wrong with the quality! First off May The Ghosts Be With You, I have absolutely no idea what it is mashed up with… at all… I couldn’t even hazard a guess – but it’s something to do with a theme park ride and obviously Star Wars! Anyone want to enlighten me to it because I just don’t know.
While I don’t necessarily like the design because over the years I’ve slightly grown irritated by the constant pop culture mash up of tees, I can’t really fault them for doing what they love – I’m also sure it’ll be a hit with someone out there, but for me I wouldn’t personally wear it. That said don’t let my opinion put you off, definitely check it out for yourselves! I will say however that I love the colours and the background looks fantastic.

The second tee Banana-nana, I get this one more and I’m quite a fan of Despicable Me so I must admit it tickled me, if I had to choose I’d wear this one over the Star Wars one. The way it’s designed is fantastic, the colours look amazingly vibrant and the style is very comic book-esque as you can see above. The only thing that might let it down is the fact that there are a lot of Despicable Me tees out there, but this is definitely one of the nicer and well presented ones I’ve seen. 

If neither of these take your fancy I’m sure you will find something else that you’ll enjoy over at Ian Leino, so head on over and check it out!

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The Illustrated Mind is an independent t-shirt line based in Brighton that seeks to showcase the best in up and coming illustration via the most fashionable means… We have been commissioning and releasing designs since 2011 and have worked with the likes of Jack Teagle, Tom Sewell, Jiro Bevis, Ed Cheverton, Jon Boam and Gordon Holden to name but a few. Our aim each season is to develop a cohesive collection of illustrated t-shirts styled around a loosely devised theme. So we seek out the best and most notorious artists to collaborate with and whose work has caught our eye and made us think they’re awesome, we hope you agree!

Ben : I’m quite liking what The Illustrated Mind have gone for here. The style reminds me of the widely copied David Shrigley. I’m definitely liking the style, but I’ve never been a huge fan of the large text, image, large text format. I liken the art style very much in the bracket of – badly drawn things done by good artists. You can clearly see the talent but I just love the fact it’s so rough around the edges, if they looked too neat and too clean I think this whole range would lose it’s appeal. I must admit though, I have no idea if the space sharman is a reference to anything – anyone care to enlighten me? Anyway – go check ‘em out!

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One Thousand Shirts Behind The Scenes

by Ben_P on May 27, 2013

We recently put up One Thousand Shirts new tee for you all to check out, which I really enjoy. It’s got the right level of unique but still looking cool. I also a while back reviewed one of their tees which you can check out here. Anyway the guys behind One Thousand Shirts sent me some behind the scenes snaps of their print run so I thought I’d pop it up so you guys and gals can see a bit more of what goes into T-Shirt printing, which I’m sure a lot of you already know a fair bit about! Check out the pictures and if you ever want to have a chat with them pop over to their Facebook page!

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83MM Becomes Dead Reel

by Ben_P on May 27, 2013


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A few months ago I reviewed 83MM who are awesome. They’ve recently changed their name from 83MM to Dead Reel, which to me is a nicer name! So good choice guys!

Sheffield-based independent movie t-shirt line, 83mm Apparel has re-launched as Dead Reel to prepare the brand for international exposure following a successful first nine months in business. As part of the brand revamp, founder Jon Hides, who hand draws the t-shirt designs, has unveiled a slick new identity featuring a re-designed logo, website and photo gallery. Dead Reel launched as 83mm Apparel in September 2012 after graphic designer and artist, Jon couldn’t find a t-shirt line that catered for his love of classic movies. The nine-strong collection features designs based on iconic movie moments that only the true film fans would recognise, including scenes from The Shining, Batman and The Evil Dead.

They recently unveiled under their new guise at MGM’s Comic Convention, which is pretty sweet. They through some pictures up as well from the event on their Facebook page

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New Range at Dusty Paw – Eco Friendly!

by Ben_P on April 24, 2013

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I’ve reviewed Dusty Paw before and really like the way he operates his business and his determination to not impact upon the environment. I really enjoyed his previous two bamboo t-shirts! You can check out the reviews here and here. Anyway he’s back with 3 new t-shirts. I’m not certain I’m a huge fan of the triangles tee because It’s a bit too simplistic for me, but for those of you out there that enjoy minimalism you might like it. The Lion tee is my personal favourite of the collection and the understated but almost cute little embroidered left breast logo tee is nice too, especially if these tees are as comfortable as his previous I’d buy it on comfort alone! What really is cool though is that they are all manufactured (presumably the garments themselves) solely using wind and solar energy. So kudos for saving the environment!

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New Love Club Panda Head Review

by Ben_P on April 23, 2013

I received the Panda Tee from New Love Club who are a London Based indie brand founded in 2010, they seem pretty established from their vast collection of tees which is awesome and I’m glad they’re doing well. I must admit the majority of their collection isn’t something that particularly takes my fancy but that’s not to say that it’s bad. These tees on the whole probably appeal to a certain type of demographic which I find quite difficult to define but I’m sure some of you might understand? Ironically as well I noticed that this design was used on a tank top that someone wore on Geordie Shore – picture included! Honestly… I don’t watch it.

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I’m not one hundred percent certain on how the tee was printed but I would hazard a guess as to CMYK printing, which is an awesome process when you think about it! The only draw back here I’d say is that the image doesn’t pop like it would with DTG or using exact colours via a screen print, but then again each process has it’s limitations and you can’t win them all! Overall the print is pretty good, it doesn’t feel heavy on the garment and feels like it will last and it won’t really ruin the design if it fades or cracks, it’ll just give it a nice vintage feel. What I will say however that bugs me is on the website the images they’ve used for their t-shirts, or at least this one, do not give a fair representation of the finished product. It almost looks as if they have photoshopped the image on because the t-shirt I received does not look as vibrant as the one shown online.

The quality of the tee is nice, I’m not sure what brand they’ve used but it’s light weight and soft on the skin which is always nice, nothing worse than having a coarse tee! It’s nice that they’ve added their own custom New Love Club tag on the neck and makes it more professional.

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Overall I can see that this design and style will appeal to a lot of people, however to me I don’t particularly see the appeal of semi naked ladies on tees. I just feel a little bit awkward wearing them, but if this is your style I think there is something you will find that takes your fancy at New Love Club.

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I’m really curious too to know if the tee featured on Geordie Shore was from them or whether this image is a stock image that can be bought somewhere! I hope for the former because I prefer designs which are thought out buy a company and not just a random image used.

 

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Known brand review!

by Ben_P on March 4, 2013

A week or so back I received a T-Shirt from Known. Ironically they were not Known to me, safe to say though I now am thoroughly informed. They certainly give off the impression of a well designed and made brand especially since they were only established in 2012, so I have high hopes for 2013 and onwards.

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The Tee I received ‘All Day Every Day‘ which is probably a slogan for their company as I’m sure they work round the on polishing their brand, I definitely commend them on their efforts so far. It’s a nice grey tee with a lovely printed All Day Every Day in two colours one shadowing the other and an accompanying Known Logo which is simple but effective. It’s available in 3 different colours too which is nice. I’m not certain on who the tee is actually manufactured by as they have removed the previous tags and put their own Known tag inside – which is always a nice touch, the quality of the garment is decent however I’ve received better tees in the past but this certainly could stand up against anything on the high street. The screen printing on the garment looks a tad thick so I’m concerned about whether it will crack in the future as I have only washed it a few times since receiving it, but saying this the thickness of it really does make it pop.

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If I’m going to be honest I’m not a huge fan of the design, while the font work and everything is beautifully crafted I can’t foresee it being a troublesome design to create compared to others out there. Especially at almost £30.00 I personally wouldn’t buy it in shop, but that’s just me – I resent paying anything for tee’s really! However it seems that a lot of tees nowadays do cost upwards of that and more, the choice is yours as the consumer really. I don’t want to sound like I’m really beating down on this brand because I’m not. I just think on occasion some companies need a bit of a reality check to a certain degree. While I have been somewhat negative about this tee I do like it because it goes well as a tee that you wear with a zip hoodie, it’s understated but effective at the same time.

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Overall Known look to be a well polished brand and really do give off a more established brand vibe but personally I think they need to give their designs a little bit more of a kick to it. I know on certain occasions I do think less is more, but as a consumer I’d like to feel that someone’s heart and soul has gone into a design (well maybe not that far) but I just feel Known need to give people more of a reason to want to buy their stuff. Let us know what you think in the comments section, I’d be interested to hear peoples opinions. Certainly don’t forget to check out Known’s website either and check out their other merchandise.


 

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Wildcard and Territorial Clothing Reviews

by Ben_P on March 3, 2013

This is a bit of an odd review and will be split into two sections I was receiving a tee from Wildcard Clothing (Hipster Hate Tee) and also received one at the same time from Territorial Clothing (who’s range you can purchase from Wildcard Clothing). Tee Inception! Anyway I’ll start first with the Hipster Hate Tee from Wildcard Clothing which I received.

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It certainly took me back because I had no idea what I was receiving so was slightly hesitant, however upon opening the package I noticed a bright blue almost tie dyed shirt (it’s not actually tie die it’s an Acid Wash which I will explain further), with a really well printed HATE design on it. While this design isn’t something I’d usually wear I could really appreciate the effort that had gone into it, I’m not really a huge fan of the fact that it says HATE all over the tee but the actual design of it impresses me that I enjoy wearing it.

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The first thing you will see though is the tie dye effect, now I mentioned before that this was created using an acid wash. It’s pretty retro I think started in the 80’s in the jeans market. Essentially what they have done is take a blue tee and used chemicals to remove colours from sections of the tee, which in turn makes every tee unique (who doesn’t love unique clothes?!), my guess would be that they’ve used some form of bleach to create this effect as in prior years I’ve managed to do the same to a lot of my clothes when bleaching my hair (woops). They’ve then screen printed over the top of the tee and the result is pretty nice, it gives a very home made feel to the design which some of you may love and some of you may hate. I found myself quite liking this design even though I thought I wouldn’t, it’s so different and a bit crazy from the tees I usually wear so it was quite a breath of fresh air. Even though the tee itself looks a bit home made the printing upon it is excellent. I can’t fault it or the design apart form my initial dislike of the word hate, perhaps they can make a love version in the future?

So if you’re into a quirky and unique tee definitely give this one a purchase. Considering it’s hand finished design it’s pretty reasonably priced at £18.00 and if you just like the design and not hippy enough they also do a non acid wash version for £10! Which is a steal –  so you really have no excuse. I certainly know that if I ever need to bleach my hair again I can wear this one.

And on to the tee that I was originally being sent by Territorial Clothing! I really like this tee, I usually don’t like or go for typography t-shirts but I love the message and it’s clear they’ve put a lot of thought into it and picked their lettering accordingly.

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‘Family is always sacred territory’ is something that I’m sure everyone can relate too, so I particularly enjoyed the message and in general everything about it. The border to the design also gives me the impression of lions hair which further reflects the territorial aspect. The changing of the font and style throughout the message is awesome as if it were all one style I’d feel a bit cheated and it’s cool because it reflects the different members of peoples family in a way, or perhaps I’m reading far too much into it!

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The actual T-shirt is Gildan which while isn’t the best – certainly isn’t something that should deter anyone from making a purchase. They’re a well made budget tee. These guys give off an air of professionalism that I’d expect from well established brands, so for them to be pushing out these kinds of designs is quite impressive, just hoping that in the future they might be able to bring out some American Apparel tees – I have, like most people, a love affair with them!

You can get the Hipster Hate Tee from Wildcard Clothing, and also get the Sacred Territory tee from both Wildcard Clothing and Territorial Clothing.

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T-Shirts You Can Take To The Grave! 83 MM Review

by Ben_P on February 10, 2013

Wow first post of the New Year! (Sorry it has taken forever) Hope everyone’s year so far has been fantastic. I’d like to start off by saying a big thank you to the 83MM guys who have been unbelievably patient with my review. I’ve been very swamped with a new job and training and in general the whole holiday seasons. Enough of that and onto the review of an awesome T-Shirt!

Just a bit about 83MM, the name comes from the birthday of the designer coupled with the MM that is used for measuring film reels. These guys are trying to capture some of the most iconic scenes and characters in film history, from Batman to The Evil Dead. Luckily I received the latter which is a favourite film of mine! For all you film aficionados out there I need not say more about The Evil Dead and it’s cult status, it’s an all around hilarious and awesome film. Some of you lesser film buffs may recognise it as an upcoming film which is a remake of the 1981 original. Which you MUST watch, I cannot stress that enough. Ultimate B-Movie Cheese!

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When I received the tee from 83MM I was blown away by how awesome their packaging and in general just the little things they’ve done for the whole experience of receiving it. For starters it came in a custom VHS box with information about the brand on there, and with it’s own rating which I thought was an awesome touch. This especially was a cool touch because The Evil Dead was first released on VHS so it really did fit in with the general tone of the product. Inside the VHS box was a lovely tissue wrapped tee. One of the first things I noticed about the tee was it’s fantastic tag that came with it that was shaped in the style of a VHS tape. Unfortunately I totally forgot to take a photo of it (Thankfully they sent me a photo of it to show you guys) but needles to say I was impressed, it’s the little things that really make up my personal experience of tee’s.

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Onto the actual tee itself, it’s an 8 colour. Yes you read that right 8 colour! Print of one of the characters from The Evil Dead, I shan’t say who as I wouldn’t want to ruin it for anyone who may go and watch it now! Needless to say the quality of this is fantastic and the colours are vibrant, when asked why they didn’t use CMYK printing for a cheaper cost they couldn’t bring themselves to sacrifice the quality of the design, this alongside the fact they’ve used climate neutral tee from Continental Clothing shows they really had quality at the heart of their design.

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The print shows mostly no visible signs of cracking and having been washed a fair few times already does appear to be very durable. There is only very slight cracks on the thin prints of the hair but that is to be expected of such a small area. The tee itself is very nice on the skin, nothing really to fault it and is a lot nicer than most generic tees, perhaps in the future they could use a bamboo tee for the ultimate in comfort but I don’t think it is really necessary. The use of the 8 screens really does make the design pop, and you start to appreciate the detail of the design as well. I’m very glad they chose to use 8 screens because at the price of £30.00 you really feel like you get your moneys worth, but in all fairness to them £30 is not that expensive compared to some tees you can get out there. This tee is also at a limited run of 200, which is also noted at the bottom of the tee itself in the form of a tag. I don’t know why but I’m a sucker for tags and it blends in nicely with the tee.

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If The Evil Dead isn’t your cup of team they have tees from the films Seven, Batman, Drive, Total Recall, The Shining and Dawn Of The Dead. I take my hat off to 83MM and wish them all the best in the world with their designs, as a fan of films I can really appreciate the thought and effort that’s been put into bringing some of cinemas greatest moments to a fashionable tee for both men and women. The guys over at 83MM have also informed me that they have two new designs in the pipeline one from Silence of the Lambs and the other from The Thing. Colour me intrigued!

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I’ve been in two minds over these t-shirts I received from T-Shirt Subway. It’s been something quite difficult to really write about so here it goes.

First off, I love indie business’s I fully support their efforts and wish them all the best in the world when struggling to compete with large corporations that churn out design after design after design like conveyor belt of appalling designs. So to me I appreciate it when I see indie companies put a lot of thought and effort into their designs and choice of tee, this is why to me personally T-Shirt Subway has been a little bit of a let down. Their designs are devoid of what I have come to expect of indie brands – that being passion. These images are (in all fairness to them) officially licensed so they do own the rights to produce t-shirts with them on, but I’m struggling to fully commit to this brand for those few niggling reasons.

 

However, personal opinion aside the t-shirts are printed on Continental Clothing’s garments which are delightful to wear. Less rough against the skin and hug the body nicely – although a tad too much around the neck (perhaps the type of t-shirt they chose? I can’t hold it against T-Shirt Subway anyway). The first design is of Slash himself, it’s actually a design that is used for his biography. I absolutely ADORE this design because I love Slash, he just encompasses everything that’s awesome about rock. I suppose this is the exact reason T-Shirt Subway was created, they want a venue for people with a passion about music to be able to buy clothing to show that off. The print is DTG to my understanding, it’s no where near as good as screen printing but it is sufficient enough – especially given the control over your garment choice you want, it’s certainly an understandable trade-off. For the designs though you can see visible cracks and it will undoubtedly get worse, but hey faded rock t-shirts are even better, so in all essence it doesn’t really detract from the feel.

The second t-shirt is another shirt that I believe I’ve seen the design of again however I’m unable to find where to buy it on their store, which is a bit odd!. It’s just a Guns n Roses t-shirt, which are one of my favourite bands so I particularly also enjoy this one also. The design is nice and something I certainly have been wearing and will continue to do, but again it’s not an original of theirs so I feel I can’t really give them too much credit for it. The print is good enough but the same problem with the prior shirt is that it’s DTG printing. Much like the Slash one however the cracked effect won’t really harm the style when you wear it.

I like these guys because having chatted to them they are nice people. I wish them all the success in the world and I’m certain that they will get it, because while the designs are nothing you can’t find in a high street shop such as HMV (band section), the t-shirt quality goes give me a reason to buy from them – and I really do enjoy supporting indie labels. I’d really love it though if they did their own designs, but I’m curious as whether they really can and that’s why they just use officially licensed images that they pay for. Definitely check out T-shirt Subway especially if your stuck for an Xmas gift for a music lover. You’re bound to find something within the vast amounts of band tees they do.

 

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It’s become a real pleasure reviewing anything by Dusty Paw. While his designs might not push the boundaries that does not detract from what he produces. Having spoken to him for a few months now as well I know that he’s a straight up top guy with a passion for what he does. It’s also great to see him getting involved in charitable causes by donating 50 percent of his Movember t-shirt to charity.

Anyway on to the tee, it arrives in a plain postage bag, what would be nice is to see some unique or individualistic postage methods from him because the rest of his service is top notch. So that’s really my main suggestion for him today!

The t-shirt is a lovely black on dark grey design which I always like because it’s subtle. The design reminds me of the scene in A Bugs Life where Flick flys across a canyon on a piece of dandelion. The actual description shows that the design is inspired by Gullivers travels. Each to his own I’ve not seen that so I’ll stick with my A Bugs Life reference!

The print is perfect, nothing to fault and again the biggest selling point of Dusty Paw’s slightly above average expensive shirt is the shirt itself. Made from bamboo and organic cotton it’s an absolute delight on the skin which makes a change from many of my tees that I own which are quite rough. The best part aswell is that the softness doesn’t go after multiple washes so you can appreciate it for the duration of the tee’s life!

We also can’t forget the lovely little Dusty Paw tag which adds a refreshing air of professionalism to the t-shirt.

Not only is Dusty Paw a charitable soul with his recent movember t-shirt but all of his tee’s are certified by the fair wear foundation.

Our tee’s are all certified by the Fair Wear Foundation. The FWF aims to improve labour conditions in the garment industry. It is an international verification initiative dedicated to enhancing workers’ lives all over the world. FWF works closely with a growing number of companies that take responsibility for their supply chain. Their principles include the prohibition of forced and child labour, prohibition of abuse and discrimination, fair rates of pay and the provision of a safe and secure working environment. Further information can be found on the Fair Wear Foundation website.

I think what is truly fantastic about Dusty Paw’s t-shirts are that they don’t pigeon hole themselves into a certain demographic. His sleek and charming designs are something everyone can enjoy, my dad who’s not exactly a t-shirt enthusiast enjoyed the Dandlion t-shirt and said he himself would wear it! What better seal of approval do you need? One last little note, he is running a competition for his latest Movember tee, you can join in here!

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Dusty Paw Supports Movember!

by Ben_P on October 27, 2012

I’ve posted and reviewed Dusty Paw before. I think he’s great personally, really passionate guy about what he does and produces some charming garments. This year for Movember he is releasing a t-shirt for the occasion. I think it’s primarily a UK thing, although feel free to let me know if this happens in other countries.

DUSTY PAW LAUNCH A UNISEX MOVEMBER T-SHIRT FOR CHARITY

Why grow a moustache when you can wear one?

Movember is a charity for moustache lovers. It raises funds for male prostate and testicular cancer. Every
year for the month of November, men from around the country, to the dismay of their female companions,
stop shaving those bristles above the lip to raise money for prostate and testicular cancer. Dusty Paw, the
independent t-shirt company which prides itself on ethical production, quality products and stylish designs,
have gone one step further: giving 50% of the profit from each sale to Movember charity.

Made from 100% ethical, ring spun cotton and designed with length and fit in mind, Dusty Paw’s heather
grey Movember t-shirt is inspired by the 14th Century Italian mostaccio. Placed directly under the neck line to
enable users to lift the t-shirt over their top lip and imitate their very own crumb catcher, the design is witty,
unique and stylish.

This unisex t-shirt retails for £12.99 + P&P – With 50% of profits from each sale going to Prostate and testicular

cancer. Sold exclusively from www.dustypaw.com.

This is certainly a worthwhile cause and with 50% of the profits going toward Prostate and Testicular cancer I think it’s a good way to spend a little bit of money, get a fun looking shirt that you could where all year round and feel good about yourself for donating to charity! So what are you waiting for, go over to his site now and get one!

 

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