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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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1cons_qtee2Since my last hands-on review of QTee, they asked me to do another one (which obviously I agreed to immediately!) This time they offered me to review some of their custom printed Converse – and if you know me, you know they are my preferred shoe. Unlike other companies I have reviewed, QTee let me design and pick out the print for my Converse right from their website, which is their specialty. And guess what? You can do that too! Everything from tees, to bags, to shoes, to hats (and even underwear) is customizable and it is so fun to explore, trust me.

cons5_qtee2cons1Ordering, shipping, + packaging: I scrolled through the many designs they offer; there are so many to choose from, but once I saw those Galaxy Print ones I was done with my search. I took a bit of time messing with the colors and the design until I got the perfect starry shoe that I wanted. The interface was easy to use and the ordering process could not have gone more smoothly and they arrived at my front door in about 3 business days – now that’s quick especially for custom printed shoes! Once they arrived, I tore that box wide open to reveal a classic Converse shoe-box inside (which I promptly tore open as well…) I must not forget to add, my order came with a lovely discount code for future purchases, as well as a cool QTee logo sticker – I do enjoy those small touches.

cons8_qteecons9_qtee2The Reveal: Once I got my hands (and feet) on my new shoes, I could not have been happier! The print – bright, beautiful, clear, and just the way I wanted them. (Remember you can click the images to see the print up close and personal.) I could have chose more outrageous or vibrant colors, which would have been interesting as well, but I am a simple girl so I chose shades of blue for my galaxy. Converse are a wonderful shoe from their quality to their comfort and they never go out of style, so I really have no complaints… well perhaps one, but it is only a small one, as QTee only offers low-tops and I am a high-top fan myself – perhaps the high-tops will be available in the future, but until then I am enjoying my low-tops to no end!

closeupRecap: It’s pretty obvious I love my new Galaxy Chucks from QTee, and I am a big fan of this company now and forever. I have had several people compliment my shoes, they just stick out in the best way, and I don’t hesitate for one second to let them know they can order from QTee AND customize themselves! (And to get a customized pair of shoes for $69.95 is a pretty good deal to me.) Also, with that said, QTee was nice enough to provide a coupon code for all you HYA readers! Just enter the code: HideYourArms15 at checkout and it will take 15% off your entire order – thank you QTee!

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*All photos by Tabitha Payne / Blue Eyed View Photography

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Hey! It’s been a while since I did a Threadless blog, I’m hoping to get back into it, and what better excuse than a Memorial Day sale there are some really epic staple Threadless reprintes in the sale, some of the cream of the crop!

There were lots of changes to the the Threadless site a while back and I’m trying to find my way round the site again, it does seem a lot less personal and there isn’t as much personality as there used to be. There used to be efforts to made to put an interesting background relevant to the tee and now it’s just all grey and standardised. Nevertheless, the tees are still epic so here are some of my top pics from Threadless today!

Sushi by Benjamin Ang is one of my top favourite tee designs from Threadless, I have no idea how I have managed to not purchase it after adoring it for so long! I’m over the moon too that they had decided to print it onto a purple tank! It makes it even better! They have this in a range of sizes and types (men, women, kids) for $14 so grab a nommy related tee bargain! :)

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Tees like this are why I am devastated I haven’t been on Threadless for so long, I loved Big Hero 6 so much, by far one of the best kid’s movies that has been out in a long while. One of the highlights of the trailer is when Baymax is stroking Mochi, Baymax has a low battery and sounds drunk! So funny. There is a tee that covers this! I really LOVE Hairy Baby by Samantha Germaine Sim.

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If I have blogged this tee once, I have blogged it a thousand times. When my mental filing cabinet things of Threadless, I instantly thing of Mister Mittens’ Big Adventure by Joe Van Wetering! Absolute classic, conversation starter, eye catcher. Every think a person could want in a tee. Poor availability for women, but fully in stock for men, tee bargain for $14! There are a selection of Big Hero 6 tees so it’s well worth dropping by for a rummage.

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Sticking with the space theme, Threadless designers always seem to still manage to come up with brand new super funky space related designs. I know my husband would love Planet System by Bernhard Trunkle (epic name!).  I love tees where they are mostly black with a massive pop of colour right on the chest!

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If you fancy something a bit more serious there is plenty of choice too, I normally lean more towards the cute end of the Threadless scale. Astronomical by Wayne Struwig and Andrew G Hobbs, has much more a ‘normal’ or ‘high street’ feel!

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Back to space again because I was totally taken with all the gorgeous colours on the navy tee. You Are My Universe by ilovedoodle is a super romantic twist on the solar system by depicting them as pretty awesome balloons. I think this tee has quite a feminine feel to it so it might have been cool to see it on a more girly colour! I’d absolutely wear this though, and I’d go for the black scoop neck in girly fit! :)

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Lastly but not leastly and mostly because it’s a mere $7.95, full availability for men and only 2xl for women, I proper love the monotone print on the blue tee with this design of a pretty angry Cruella DeVille, Puppy Love by Paul Tippett could be a great last minute bargain fling into Threadless basket!

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Hope people enjoy having a rummage in the Threadless Memorial sale! I’ve had a nice little wander this morning :)

 

 

 

 

 

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I am always up for trying something new, and trying Mister Pompadour is definitely something new to me and to Hide Your Arms, especially as it comes across as a product for men and I am in fact a woman, BUT do not mistake that as complaining – it is quite the opposite! At first I was intimidated seeing that Mister Pompadour is primarily marketed to men, but I gave it a go anyway and immediately felt very silly for ever being hesitant, because in the end I was really happy with the results. So not only is this for men, it is a product you women could buy for the man in your life (then use it yourself too when he isn’t looking!)

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Mister Pompadour sent me the Moroccan Texture Paste Kit which comes with a Peppermint Shampoo, a Peppermint Conditioner, and a Moroccan Texture Paste, plus they added in a cool logo sticker (all that for only $44!) So first things first, I hopped in the shower to try out the Shampoo and Conditioner and once I popped open the bottle I immediately could smell the mint – the fragrance invaded the steamy shower, but in the best way as it’s not overpowering… it smells so fresh and so clean and only got better the more you scrubbed it in. Once Shampooed, it was Conditioner time and while I was waiting for it to soak in I read the back of the bottle, which to my surprise was not your run of the mill, generic information being told – it had character and was entertaining to read, it gave me a smile or two. To me, something like that is such a lovely touch to a brand, definitely makes it more unique and interesting in the end.

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After my hair had been dried and styled, I noticed a lightness to my normally heavy hair AND I could still smell the mint throughout (even after blow-drying and styling which for me would normally remove any fragrance, but this product’s fresh smell battled through the heat!) Then came the Texture Paste, which I have not used this type of product before believe it or not, but thankfully the instructions were printed nicely on the bottle – for long hair it helped push down those fly-aways and also helped smooth the ends of my hair and gave it a bit of texture – the photos I took do not do it justice! I also went to an outdoor concert, which I’ve done several times and by the end my hair would normally be a frizzy mess, but I must say this time my hair looked just as good as when I got there and that’s saying something.

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To be completely honest, before I tried the Mister Pompadour Kit I thought I would be giving it away to one of my male friends, thinking me being a female that I should not keep it, but after only one use, I stand corrected – I really love the results and I am keeping this kit all to myself! Needless to say, I recommend trying it especially if you are on the lookout for a really good hair regimen; shampoo, conditioner, texture paste, and a lot more including sculpting clay, beeswax paste, pomade, and (coming soon) a texture powder – all the products that, as Mister Pompadour says, will make you look sharp and be confident, and I could not agree more.

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QTee – Hands on Review + Coupon Code!

by Leah on April 7, 2015

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It feels really good to be reviewing on HYA again and what a better way to start than with California based QTee! They are not like any other brand I have reviewed – first of all, QTee let ME pick out what tees I wanted to review and once I was on their site, I understood why… everything is customizable and they wanted me to have the full experience! You can pick from over 100 graphics – once you have chosen, you not only can pick what type of apparel you want it printed on, but you can also select colors for several elements of the graphic. Once I got a hang of the interface, I was playing around with several designs and having a lot of fun with it to be honest. (There is even a video on how to customize!)

A lot of QTee’s designs are text driven, but they also have a nice amount of layered and photo based designs, as well as ones with patterns, pocket designs, and simple graphics. So with that said, I decided to pick a patterned one and a text based one just to get an idea how both would turn out. How did I like them? Very much!

Ordering, shipping, + packaging: QTee promptly sent me a ‘thank you for your order’ email, and shortly after that they sent out tracking info, so no worries there. From start to finish, it did take about a week for each tee to get to me. They arrived in a standard t-shirt mailer – the white, tough plastic one – which QTee fancied up with a large, di-cut logo sticker (and FYI – it could be peeled off if you wanted to keep it!) With the t-shirts came a nice postcard with a discount code, as well as a vibrant logo sticker. Each t-shirt was wrapped in tissue paper and then inserted into a clear, plastic sleeve; so all in all the packaging was very professional, yet standard.

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Unwrapping: As I pulled each t-shirt out from their packaging, my first reaction is to always feel them from top to bottom of course, and each tee was VERY soft to the touch and had a clean, freshly printed smell. Next I ran my hand over the print/ink and it was soft as well, not very thick or stiff and definitely printed evenly. I assumed they were DTG (direct to garment) printed, but I did not want to give you readers the wrong info, so I contacted QTee from their Website asking this, not expecting a reply for a day or so, but I got a reply almost instantly (which, come on, that is some great customer service) and my assumption was right, they print DTG. Once unwrapped, I saw each t-shirt had a “YOU’RE CUTE” logo tag attached, which made me smile – I adore details like that.

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Now for the shirts themselves: The heather-gray, floral t-shirt is titled Freshly Cut Flowers and I chose a Hi-Lo Muscle Tank for this one since I have not owned something like that before! QTee describes it well, “This is our version of the perfect muscle tank made more flattering for the feminine figure. High side slits and oversize underarm openings.” The text based tee Life is Better in the Water, is printed on an Oversized Boyfriend Tee, “Our Oversized Boyfriend Tee has a loose fit, more coverage on the shoulders and overall relaxed, boyfriend style fit. Warning: Your boyfriend may get jealous. This style fits 1 to 2 sizes bigger.” Now silly me wants to complain that my tees fit a little too large to my liking, BUT silly me also did not read the descriptions or the size charts that were readily available – so that is totally my fault! I thought size Small would do the trick, but if I would have explored the description I would have chosen the XS option for both, so keep that in mind when you order. Each tee is thin, as you can see in the images, the white tee especially is a bit see-through, but I tend to like that especially when you wear a bikini or possibly a bandeaux underneath. (They are perfect for the beach too, hence why my photographer, Tabitha Payne, and I had a seaside photoshoot!) They also had that worn-in feeling which to me is the best – being a 52% cotton / 48% modal which gives them that comfortable feeling, but also don’t overlook the American Apparel tri-blends available as well (a personal favorite).

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Recap: Overall, I am happy with my QTee purchases – print quality, t-shirt quality, customer service, and website interface are all top notch! They are not too pricey, especially since you get to customize your design – tees ranging from about $19.95 to $24.95. I know this brand is marketed to females, but any guys reading this should consider this a good place to buy the lady in your life a cool, customized t-shirt – you can say, “Hey, I designed it myself too!” Also, I know they are called QTEE, but tees are not the only thing they offer; there are sweatshirts, work-out apparel, bags, hats, Converse shoes, even underwear and collaborations as well. One more thing, QTee was nice enough to provide a coupon code for all you HYA readers! Just enter the code: HideYourArms15 at checkout and it will take 15% off your entire order – so needless to say, QTee is definitely worth checking out!

Thanks for reading,
Leah

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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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I know what you’re thinking, that doesn’t look like a t-shirt or any other kind of clothing, and you’d be right. These are the ChargeKey and ChargeCard, innovative charging and data transfer solutions for iOS devices with a lightning cable (iPhone 5 onwards and some iPads, right?) and also micro USB. Having recently replaced my aging iPhone 4 with an iPhone 5 recently when I was given the chance by Nomad to check them out I thought it would be perfect, especially as I am excellent at losing cables.

The ChargeKey is a compact key-shaped cable that you can put on your keyring and never have those “I’ve forgotten my cable” moments again when you’re out and about, wanting to charge your phone or transfer some important data. It’s a good idea, usually I would dismiss something this small as only lasting a few months with me because I would lose it, but since it’s now on my keys that’s not going to happen, and I’m always prepared in case I get caught out at a friend’s house without charge, I can just plug it into a USB slot on their computer or their USB plug for another smartphone.


I’ve tested the key in every USB port on my PC, and a few different USB wall plugs (official Apple, Samsung, Kindle plugs) and none of them have brought up the dreaded ‘this accessory is not compatible’ warning that seems to be a common problem with other 3rd party charging cables (and some of the official ones too!). That’s hardly a surprise though as all of Nomad’s products are MFi certified by Apple so you can be confident that they will work. I wasn’t too confident leaving my phone dangling from the front to the USB input on the tower of my PC though, there was no danger of the phone crashing to the floor since it is a good fit, I just wasn’t comfortable with applying that kind of pressure to the USB input, the ChargeKey (with it being bent at 90 degrees), or the connection port on the iPhone. I’m sure that the setup wouldn’t have caused any damage, it just didn’t seem right not having my phone hanging in mid-air. That’s not really a situation that the key is designed for though, pop it into a laptop where it will lay flat, or use an Apple plug where the cable is pointing down and not stress anything, or a USB hub and you’re not going to have any of my overprotective worries.


The ChargeCard is similar, but different, instead of going on your keys this version of the card goes in your wallet. Again, it’s very useful and makes it a lot less likely you’ll be caught without a ‘cable’ (which this technically is, even if it doesn’t look like it), despite being credit card sized (though ticker) it feels solid and is rather ‘design-y’ rather than just being a utilitarian slab of plastic, which is a pretty admirable feat when you’re talking about something you use to charge your phone. Again, I had no problems in terms of functionality, it worked in every port I tested it on and that’s the best I could hope for. One thing I didn’t test was data transfer speeds because that seemed a little extreme for a clothing site to do, but I certainly couldn’t complain.

Previously, if you wanted either of these products you needed to have them sent from the US, and inevitably that meant paying over the odds because of import taxes and the dreaded ‘clearance fee’ levied by couriers that can often be more than the taxes. Nomad products can now be purchased directly from the UK via their Amazon store, and that’s fulfilled by Amazon so you’re also eligible for Prime delivery. It is a similar story for a few other countries around the world which is very convenient and does remove those niggling doubts from buying overseas. Both items are £20 each in either iOS lightning or micro USB format.

Nomad are currently also offering pre-order on newer versions of what will be called the NomadCard (which adds a longer USB connection), NomadKey (which looks the same), and the NomadClip which is an interesting carabiner-esque connector with a charging cable hidden within it. Those will be shipping in the Autumn but I think that the products as they are in their current incarnation are an excellent fit for their purpose and also a great help to people as forgetful as me!

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I love getting the opportunity to review fab small companies and it’s even better when it’s for an awesome local company! The lady who runs it is genuinely lovely and even makes an awesome charity tee too.

Firstly the tees centre around the company name ‘Brave & the Bold’! All the tees feature this memorable and catchy slogan and I like that this all flows within the brand. It makes the line noticeable, I also quite like sometimes wearing tees similar to my partner but not quite the same and I think this is a cute way round it.

As with lots of companies there are a few less girly fit tees than man fit ones. Although I don’t feel that’s an issue so much anymore, on the high street there are a lot more loose fit tees for girls, probably because we wear so many leggings now. I know I feel better when I have my bottom covered up. The girly fit tees I got to test out were ladies ‘Brave Logo T-shirt‘ and ‘Fearless T-shirt‘. I liked them both, they were extremely comfortable, and both washed extremely well. I’d say they are a standard fit, I’m a bit chested UK12 and a Medium was fine for me. I personal favourite was the ‘Fearless’ on, I particularly liked the grey tee and I think it just felt a bit more sporty. The print looks extremely light on the bottom image but I think it is mostly because it was such a bright day when I shot in them!

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The gentlemen’s t-shirts that my husband shot in were ‘Brave Wings T-shirt‘ and the ‘Arrows T-shirt‘. My husband normally wears a large because he’s got a bit of a belly and I think these were also a standard fit. The feel of them were thick, but not too thick, and just super soft. I’ve only washed the red ‘Wings‘ one but the print is perfect and it actually feels even softer after a wash. I can already tell that the Wings one is going to be one of husband’s new favourite tees!

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The charity tee is called the ‘Ross‘ t-shirt, this tee is in memory of a strong, brave, young man who was diagnosed with terminal cancer at the far too young age of 32. 20% of the sales from this t-shirt go to Cancer Research UK. I’m sure pretty much most of those reading this blog will have been affected by cancer at some point so this is the chance to get lovely tee and support an excellent cause. I think this khaki colour really works well to set the ‘Ross‘ see apart from all the rest.

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Finally, because I really love the summery colours, and it brings about the illusion of an early summer, I really love the Limited Edition Bahama T-shirt! It’s basically a beach in a t-shirt, I think this would look super cute just with some denim shorts!

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I love companies like this with original ideas and not scared to try out ideas like the Bahama tee! Highly recommend dropping this company a ‘like’ or a ‘follow’! Give them a chance! WEAR BRAVE! :D (even have a rummage in their sale!)

Website : http://www.wearbrave.com/

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/braveandthebold

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Instagram : http://instagram.com/wearbrave

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Way past due is my review of the awesome Alkemie Apparel! Christmas, childcare and over working myself to actual semi death got in the way.

I was drawn to Alkemie on Twitter, on paper they are everything that I like in tees! Dark, tattoo inspired tees, vest, bags and also jewellery.

I opted for this super cute Cousteau vest! I really like anything with tentacles and the  blue print against the black really pops. I’ve worn this three times and I have to admit, it’s super comfortable and washes like a dream. The quality is excellent and the print is amazing.  For a few more pennies you can get the Cousteau handbag which is actually one of the most awesome bags I’ve seen in a long while and it’s well and truly on my ever growing Birthday list (yes! I know we have just had Christmas). They have an awesome selection of bags which look a pretty good size for Mums too!

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They also do some pretty cool dark guys shirts. They have a few designs but I think this Sugar Skull one is my favourite one I also like the added touch of the print on the back. I could see my hubby in this and a lot of the other tees. They are macho without being offensive!

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They also do a cute selection of necklaces some of which co-ordinate with the tees. I opted for the cute bird one, I think I will put the pendant on a choker though for added gothyness! They have a mixture of cute ones, gothy ones, slogan ones. I really like them, totally unusual and would be an awesome gift for someone who you aren’t sure of their size.

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I highly recommend dropping by the site to have a look at their wares! They also have a sale on so you can try their wares at a reduced price!

Website : http://alkemieapparel.com/index.html

Twitter : https://twitter.com/alkemieapparel

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/AlkemieApparel

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Hands-on T-shirt Review: The Affair

by Andy on October 10, 2013


I’ve made it clear over the past few years that I am a big fan of The Affair, the way that they combine rich imagery from literary greats with high quality shirts has always impressed me, so when they asked me to take a look at their new custom-made fashion fit tees I jumped at the chance.



Tees arrived, I ripped them open (I don’t have the willpower to hold onto a package until I’ve photographed it, but I assure you it was a classy presentation in a custom mailing bag). Putting on the navy shirt for a quick test I was immediately struck with a bit of disappointment. I was too big for their XL shirts. I’m usually pretty close to the edge when it comes to XL in a fashion fit, perfectly acceptable in an American Apparel standard shirt, which we all know is slightly fitted, and if you put me in a Gildan then I’m downright comfortable, but if I try on a shirt from a high street fashion brand, or a shirt that’s meant to show off muscles then I’m going to struggle. It’s not an awful fit on me, it just reminds me I’ve gained a few pounds this year, and that I should wear this with something over it, like a button-down shirt or possibly a v-neck jumper (which is my usual uniform). I won’t get to show off the design as much, but I’ll still be able to enjoy what is a really high quality tee. This, of course, is purely a personal issue, we shouldn’t be judging a tee based on my size, this is merely a fashion fit tee that’s best suited to people that are fashionably fit, I think that the sizing will be fine for the majority of readers, and if you’re that worried you can always go a size up.


Speaking of muscles, despite not having arms that look like they were sculpted from solid marble, I do like the fit on the arms, they hug without being too tight and aren’t too long just getting rid of that boxy look that you sometimes get, with a really nice small amount of rolling on the end to give them a bit of a vintage look. Also, in the past when I’ve receive shirts with a ‘vintage style sleeve’ or ‘raw edge’ the results have been varied, sometimes looking like they were hacked at with a pair of scissors,but in this case it’s a much more professional looking finish.

In terms of weight, it’s a lightweight tee that seems to have a bit of bulk to it. It’s quite a hard concept to explain, because it’s light, but feels more substantial than most lightweight tees out there that tend to get a bit sheer in the lighter colours which in turn hurts the appearance of the design, since designers don’t really account for my hairy chest when putting a design onto a normal lightweight shirt. For tee nerds out there that know more about this stuff than me this is a 140gsm shirt.






Branding is minimal. When I was talking to them about that aspect I said “how come there’s no sleeve hem tag, I liked that on the old shirts?” to which the reply came that I needed to look at the back of the shirt. There it was, a small hem-tag with their graphic logo on it. I like it, if you don’t you can just remove it easily with a pair of scissors. Each tee has it’s own size and item info print on the inside of the neck on the shirt. It’s another nice way of setting the product apart from a normal shirt that just has the standard tag from the blank manufacturer. Another nice little detail is the contrast thread on the shoulder stitching, it’s more noticeable on the lighter shirt with the stronger contrast, but still a lovely touch on the dark shirt too.



The print is top notch too. I’m still not an expert on printing techniques, but if you were to push me I’d hazard a guess that this is a traditional screenprint with water-based ink. It’s very soft already and I can attest that The Affair’s prints last well since the last shirt I got from them still looks good.

Putting aside my personal disappointment about the sizing (which I should blame more on cake than The Affair) this really is a very high quality t-shirt that they have produced and I can wholeheartedly recommend it.

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Cakestar – The Eights [REVIEW]

by Umang on October 6, 2013

 

cakestar-4Chris from Cakestar sent me their “The Eights” t-shirt for a review. The t-shirt arrived in a nondescript  manila envelop with no indication of the Cakestar brand.  To my pleasant surprise the t-shirt inside was neatly packaged with their business card and stickers. They have their own custom, sewn on label, a detail which is usually skipped due to the cost and production intricacies. The one detail that caught my attention was the “light bulb” shaped safety pin which attaches their custom hang tag to their label. I will have a to do a search on that product. I am a little confused as to why the Empire State Building adorns a California based t-shirt company’s t-shirt but then again, what’s not to like about the iconic building?

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The t-shirt itself feels solid at 7.1 ounces of combed cotton. To break this down in layman terms, imagine a “Hanes Beefy-T” but super soft. The trend for indie t-shirt brands tend t0 be around the 5 ounces or less so this was another surprise. If you like heavier cotton indie t-shirts, than this is the brand for you.  This t-shirt is sure to have a longer shelf life through multiple washes.

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Please excuse the “gray” looking washed out picture above. Make no mistake that the t-shirt is black. The print quality of their water based screen printing is impeccable. There is no sign of offsetting through multiple passes of screen printing process. This is tough to achieve on a dark shirt with two colors (dark gray and turquoise) and fine detailing. According to Cakestar’s website, they use a “discharging” method for their dark colored shirts. The water based ink leaves a soft feel, unlike “Plasticol” based inks.

In summary, Cakestar has not cut any corners and retailing a superior product. For an indie brand, who’s site went live on November 11, 2011 they paid attention to the details before going down the path of trial and error.

Cakestar- The Eights – Monetary Damage  $25 USD

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She Felt Geeky

by DeeHYA on October 4, 2013

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And now for something completely different! This is a fab etsy shop run by a lady I know loosely via the North East burlesque scene. T-shirts are not what the shop is about and it’s aimed pretty much entirely at the gal side of the population.

She Felt Geeky mostly specialises in super cute geek, comic, gaming, movie fabric panties amongst other things include pasties (nipple tassels) and some cute random one off pieces.

I don’t own any pieces personally but it means a lot for me to support local companies and from the reviews from friends I’ve heard the quality is absolutely first rate.

One selection of pieces that stand out for me when you land in the Etsy store are the Harry Potter, Hogwarts House panties. Here are the amazing Hufflepuff and Slytherin ones. How over the moon would any lady Harry Potter fan be with these! They’d be an excellent stocking filler for Christmas, and they look like they’d be super soft to the touch!

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Amongst other geek factions you can grab Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel, Tattoo Print, Halloween Print, Super Cute Floral ones to name but a view! Store owner Miss Buttons also posted an image of this fabric a few days ago so you can totally get your hands some some spooky panties if that’s your bag!

She is super talented and approachable so if you had any requests or ideas I’m sure she would be extremely accommodating! I have to add her pasties are absolutely delightful but I’d better not put boobies on HYA!

I think of of my favourite pieces which is also extremely seasonal are these super cute Halloween panties! Snap them up people, support handmade and UK businesses! :)

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Etsy : https://www.etsy.com/shop/SheFeltGeekyUK?page=1

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/shefeltgeeky?fref=ts

Instagram : http://instagram.com/shefeltgeeky

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Tomtangle – Review http://www.tomtangle.com/

by DeeHYA on September 1, 2013

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Earlier in the week, I received a lovely parcel from the lovely team at Tomtangle! I requested man fit as they don’t do girly size however I have tried this on tucked into a pair of shorts and it looked cute on me. We got a surprise design too which is always more fun! :) Package also came with some super cute freebie stickers! I love getting little bits and bobs like that with tees!

Tomtangle specialise in outdoor tees, I love all the bike theme feel tees and I like that they aren’t scared to experiment with bit of colour!

I really like the design we got send which is called ‘Wheel T-shirt’ the tee fabric is absolutely gorgeous and soft to the touch and it’s true to size. My husband wore it all day yesterday and said it was super comfortable and a joy to wear.

My favourite designs on the Tomtangle site are ‘Framed’ and ‘Kaleidospoke‘ which is available in two different colours. The blue with yellow print is probably my favourite tee on the site.

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Another brucey bonus is that they wash fantastically! I have washed it and dried it and it’s in as perfect condition as it was

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Prices are £20 which I’d say is about right for tees of this quality. Perfect gift too for anyone you know who is remotely outdoorsy!

Drop by their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Blog for up to date news and and designs! :)

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Shirt Review: Mine is Yours Apparel

by Heather Abbott on August 25, 2013

Brooklyn-based clothing brand Mine is Yours Apparel has their branding and product on point. The moment I opened their package, I knew that was truth. From their shirt packaging to their branding to their extremely personal letter, everything about their mail package was well executed.

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Mine is Yours works with original fine artwork and translates them onto cotton-based t-shirts. The idea is that one could take beautiful art with them anywhere, and not just hang it on their wall at home. The sample received was the “Rooster” print. The hand-printed graphic was originally a colorful acrylic painting, but it still worked well as the monochromatic screen print. The print even included the artist signature (Megan Dorien), a nice detail to the design.

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The t-shirt was a Next Level men’s size medium. It’s known that Next Level has been popularly used by many upper-level brands looking to spend less than they would at American Apparel, and the tees still have a premium feel. This one did especially, because of the way it was packaged and branded. In fact, the only negative comment about the packaging worth mentioning would be that the shirt came extremely wrinkled.

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Still, one interesting and incredible design detail was the bag of seeds attached to the center back main label. The bag read, “Germinate & Reciprocate,” meaning give back to the world, and inside the bag were random flower seeds for planting.

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Receiving this tee from Mine is Yours didn’t feel like an every day purchase, but rather a real and positive brand-consumer experience. The simplest ideas, when executed with thought, can truly make or break a brand. Mine is Yours is doing it right.

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Dirtball Made with Plastic Bottles [REVIEW]

by Umang on August 24, 2013

When Dirtball reached out to HYA with a sample to review, I took interest because of their “ecocentric” brand. Their t-shirts are made in the USA and the fabric is 50% Recycled Cotton and 50% Recycled polyester which is comprised of 6.5 water bottles per t-shirt.

dirtball 1The t-shirt that they sent me was cut like most fashion fit designs which was a pleasant surprise.  I would have imagined that eco-friendly t-shirts wouldn’t have taken “fashion” anything into account and frankly resemble a utilitarian, Toyota Camry.

dirtball 2Dirtball states that they utilize water based inks. Although water based inks have a “green” stigma, I have noticed that they lack the crispness that non-ecofriendly inks provide, especially when used on dark t-shirts like this one.  The silkscreen work on this t-shirt shows multiple passes of ink that did not completely align. Rest assured, not many people would notice this and you could tell your friends that it’s part of the t-shirt’s “organic” nature.

dirtball 4Dirtball implemented a few thoughtful details on this t-shirt like the sewn label on the sleeve. A nice subtle, branding detail which shows they put some thought into their product.

dirtball 3In addition another detail is their eco-mission, silk screened in lieu of a hang tag.

Beyond t-shirts, Dirtball also retails eco-friendly shorts, socks, hoodies, polos and about to launch a “green jean” via a Kickstater campaign.

I would link this t-shirt that they sent me but it is not on their website. Regardless there are plenty of other designs for your choosing.

Dirtball T-shirts – Monetary Damage  $24 USD

Recycle those plastic bottles and perhaps they may be reincarnated as a Dirtball t-shirt that you would be wearing while you recycle the plastic bottle from the beverage that you just consumed. That’s truly a vision of sustainability.

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Love reviewing companies who are brand spanking new! They normally have some awesome fresh ideas and Nausica  are no exception. I fell upon some of their tee images on Facebook and I enjoyed the photography style which then led me onto their site. Tattooed peeps always get me interested.

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Their statement is

“Nausica is the age of positive vibes through fearless designs, inspired by the love of music and life.”

Their designs are crisp and clean without being dull. All on white tees to bring out the punchiness of the designs. I was asked which I liked the best and I opted for ‘Mechanical Evolution‘ although coming in at a close second is ‘Trippy Mirror‘. Their facebook page is also boasting the new released of pretty awesome design ‘The Buddha Tee’ pictured below. It’s awesome!

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After exchanging a few message with the fella in charge I get a good few about the company and the people running it and I have to admit I adore the tee. The quality feels top notch and it washes like an absolute dream. I’m a UK size 12 and I was sent the Small, I think this would fit up to a small UK 16 comfortably as it’s got quite a bit of stretch.

I could also totally see the designs making stunning tattoos and that also draws me to them.

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They are also one of those companies where I keep checkin’ in to see if they have any new designs, which is always a pretty good sign. If you want to keep up with them you should drop by their:-

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/Nausicaclothing

Twitter : https://twitter.com/nausicaclothing

Looking forward to seeing some fresh things from them in the future!

 

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8&9: Premium Quality Shirt Review

by Heather Abbott on July 28, 2013

Apparel brand 8&9 is mostly doing it right. Their website is navigational, promotional, and well-supported by product and the brand story, their marketing is in the right places, and they keep their blog updated daily. Their mail package they sent my way was well-stocked with promotional gear, leave-behinds, and, well, free swag. 8&9 also sent not one, but two tees for review.

Right away, I was impressed with 8&9. Not many brands send as much “about me” info and gear for review. I’ve actually been surprised before on how little some brands send out (no note, receipt, or anything) in their packages. However, 8&9 had their brand story well included in their mailer.

The t-shirt design of the Premium Quality tee they sent was also well done. The design was full and detailed, perfectly fitting for the medium of a t-shirt body. The color choices in the design and tee body meshed well together. Other smaller details stood out, too, like the embossed hangtag, a personalized center back printed label, and the special woven hem label.

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The only real issue with the shirt was the weight of the cotton. The shirt felt like heavyweight cotton, and although a few brands print on tees of that weight, it’s not a usual a desired weight to consumers. Heavyweight tees can be especially uncomfortable to wear during summer days – a bummer for this design, because I was really stoked to wear it right away (but the Texas heat is quite a beast).

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Still, even with the heavyweight shirt, since it carried such a bold design, I will most likely wear it in to a comfy state. 8&9 also sent an extra shirt, the Kill Squad Nunchacu Volt tee, but I was not as enamored by the design as I was with the Premium Quality tee. Even so, the Kill Squad tee caught my attention with the small details like the sleeve cuff print.

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Overall, 8&9 had my support. After all, what good would a lighter, 6oz summer tee be if the design was poor? You can easily shop 8&9, here. They’ve got an array of designs, including v-necks and tank tops.

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Hands-On Review: Do You Remember Tees

by billpyle on July 7, 2013

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Do You Remember Tees is a clothing brand that focuses on tees that “transport you back to the center of the action” by featuring logos of past bars, casinos, clubs, and dot-coms. They were nice enough to send me one of their BARd’O tees to review.

Unfortunately, my initial impression when I received my package was not a good one. The shirt was shipped in a plain, vinyl mailer, which isn’t automatically a bad thing. Custom branded packaging is always a nice touch but its not something every brand has to use. My problem with the packaging was that it was basically rolled up into a ball resulting in the shirt being pretty wrinkled. Since its only a t-shirt, its an easy fix to unwrinkle it, but like I said, it doesn’t leave a great first impression.

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As for the shirt itself, they have removed the labels so I don’t know what brand it is printed on, but their site says it is a 100% combed cotton tee. It feels pretty comfortable to wear. I’d probably compare it to an American Apparel tee. The design isn’t really my thing though, and the print quality doesn’t seem great either. The print is oddly fuzzy, as if they were working with a low res file or their printer couldn’t reproduce the intended print. It is hard to tell if this was done by design or not, but the images on their site look a lot more crisp than the shirt I received. That also confirms to me that the images on their site are just mock ups and not actual product shots. That is always disappointing to see. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it is deceptive as the mock ups are pretty close to the actual product, but it is also not giving a totally accurate representation as to what a potential customer is actually getting when they make a purchase.

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All that said though, the design, as well as their others, does fit in with the theme of the brand pretty well, even if that theme doesn’t exactly appeal to me. The shirt is a bit pricey though at $30. I don’t know anything about the inner workings of their brand, but $30 seems steep for a one color print.

Overall, I’d have to say I wasn’t exactly impressed with this shirt. From the bad packaging, to the fuzzy print, to the expensiveness, there are just too many problems to recommend Do You Remember Tees. Luckily enough though these problems shouldn’t be too hard to fix. So hopefully they will keep than in mind for the future.

You can pick up this shirt and a variety of others on their site at http://www.doyouremembertees.com.

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Engstrom – T-shirt Review

by Mr Four Fingers on June 28, 2013

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Engstrom Clothing are a new t-shirt design label from Kansas City  who have recently launched a range of t-shirts that are definitely not for shy folk. As you can see by their designs, they are big ‘n bold and most are booming with bright colour. The name of the company is derived from the name Brent Engstrom, a man with prodigious drawing talent who illustrates, amongst other things, the Garbage Pail Kid trading cards!

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Review: MPISA

by VitaminSteve on June 27, 2013

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I was very excited to receive a tshirt from MPISA the other day. MPISA is a tshirt brand dedicated to saluting the creative arts, and the people who do them. In support of this, $1 from each tee goes to support early art education, which is a great cause.

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I gotta say,  was impressed with the package I received in the mail. First impressions are everything, and even just the act of sending a nicely folded tshirt, with the brands logo on  sticker clasping the whole thing together, and a bag of freebies to go with it.

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Ten stickers, a pin, a pencil, a pen, a business card, and 10% off my next purchase coupon. A nice haul of unexpected merch. (Also, I apologize for my dirty table. I need to clean up better after breakfast).

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As for the shirt, I thought the design was a super interesting take on the brand logo tee. MPISA spelled out their name in the Adobe Photoshop tools associated with the M, P, I, S, and A keys on your keyboard.

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On the hemline of the shirt, they stitched on a tag with the brands logo. I love when brands do things like this. It’s a way for them to mark work in a classy way. Plus, this really saves the shirt from looking like one of those freebies you get at tech expos.

As for the fit, they warn on their site that “Sizes run slightly small”, and I feel that’s almost unnecessary. The shirt fits just like your standard American Apparel shirt, which I still find to be the industry’s high water mark. The shirt has no tag, so I have no idea who the manufacturer of the shirt is.

The only downside is the price. The shirt retails for $32.50, which is about $10 more than I expect to pay for a shirt with such little print and only one color. I understand that they donate a portion to charity, but maybe if they cut back on the freebies, then they could take the price of the tees down a little.

UPDATE: As of 6/28/2013, the prices of the tees are down to $26, making them a much better value, and a brand I can endorse whole-heartedly.

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