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Last week I was lucky enough to review a sample from MKNK Clothing! The tee arrived a pretty funky pizza box style packaging with some lovely cute freebies.

When I was first told about this site I hopped on their site to see what they were about.  I enjoyed the site, it’s clean, crisp and bold and all their designs have a flow as if they are part of a cohesive collection.

The designs are all pretty cool, with gaming, music and they are all on white tees. I think it works because it makes the designs pop.  The hoodies are on black and grey and they look awesome too. All the tees are guy fit but I’ve started just throwing them on with leggings, dead comfy! I particularly like this design called Bolt Dismay! All the designs are original, you won’t find anything like these anywhere else.

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The quality of the tee I received was first class! It was an absolute joy to wear and I’m totally looking forward to wearing it in the summer with my bright yellow shorts! It also washed super well the print is still as perfect as it was pre wash.

MKNK have also have had some product shots done on models and they are very current and in touch with the young un’s of today. I would definitely be inclined to buy one of these tees or hoodies for my 16 year old brother and I know for a fact he would be happy to wear them.

Drop by their FB page https://www.facebook.com/mknkclothing and also they have a $5 discount code on the go until 30th of April : BUNNYHOP

You also get a cute paper toy to make up! Amazing idea! Haven’t made mine up yet but I am gonna!

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Hands on review: Patched Up with Patcht

by Heather Abbott on March 18, 2013

The crew over at Patcht are doing it differently. Buying a t-shirt (hoody, or tank top) isn’t as simple as clicking the product and adding to the cart, but that’s where the fun comes in.

Patcht makes patch-based garments. It’s that simple.

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When a customer goes to the Patcht website, they are able to choose a design they like (made in patch form) and a garment to add it onto (style, size, color, etc). The patches come in a variety of materials and are cut into different shapes (designs), allowing for endless combinations of design and style choice. Patcht believes in uniqueness and expressing individuality, thus their brand allows customers to order product that maybe nobody else has, even though they bought it from the same brand and/or store.

The idea of D.I.Y patching or ironing-on graphics may be off-putting to some, as this type of design could be regarded as poor in quality, having a harsh hand feel, etc.

However, based on the Patcht sample I received, I believe Patcht’s garments are nothing less than premium.

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For my order, I chose a simple color wheel patch design and added it to a clean, white tank top. I found this design fitting for the approaching spring and summer weather.

I was curious as to what the garment would feel like (as previously mentioned, patched on designs are often not a good feeling on the skin). I was also scared, what with the seemingly D.I.Y nature of the production, that the actual garment (sans patch) may be a heavyweight cotton or another lesser quality. I was surprised when I pulled my tank top out of the package. It was lightweight and super soft to the touch. Even better – the sewn on patch did not have any backing and it still felt amazing on my skin. There were no loose threads and all stitches were finished off fairly well, so that there was no “poking” or “itching” feeling behind the sew-on. The threads used were also poly-cotton (or possibly 100% cotton), so the soft hand feel was consistent throughout the garment.

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It was softer than any tank top I’d ever owned (and I am a big 100% cotton top fanatic). The bigger surprise was the hand feel of the patch design sewn onto the garment; it was equally as soft and comfortable.

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In the end, the added bonus for me was that I was able to take part in the design of my order. I chose the body style, size, and color as well as the design. Although somebody else created the graphic/patch, I made the rest go together at my own free will. The product price depends on the type of patch design and garment chosen (a tank top will be less than a short sleeve, etc.) and the product seems worth the spending.

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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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Threadless : New and Reprinted (04.03.13)

by DeeHYA on March 4, 2013

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Ooh Threadless your website still freaks me out, I much preferred it before all of the changes, I simply do not like change! Some pretty cool newbie and reprinted tees on the site though, I’m also particularly loving their Toy Story Collection.

Speaking of Toy Story one of my fave parts of the move is the bits involving the aliens.  Teealiens by Sinan Ozdemir is very simple but sums up the move really well in one tee, I reckon about 90% of people will get the movie from this. Absolutely delighted they are doing this in baby and toddler sizes, not sure why they’ve missed out kids though.

Another green tee for you in this blogette! Mixing together Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Doctor Who, I think I just had a Threadless-gasm! There is nothing I don’t like about this tee, it’s super original and Adventure Awaits by Karen Hallion is sure to be one of those tees that is reprinted again and again.

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On now for something a bit darker in colour, I Met A Robot by Danny Burgess looks expensive, I think it is because of the combo of Brown with a Goldy colour print. Sadly this hasn’t been reprinted for girls, looks pretty cool on the hoody too.

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Feel like it’s cheating blogging this tee, it’s an oldie but a goodie though. I really want it, my Xbox avatar has it for cryin’ out loud! Mister Mittens’ Big Adventure by Joe Van Wetering is a Threadless fave, it’s an explosion of colour and kitty with hex vision joy. There is nothing not to love about this tee

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Charity Tee Alert! Invasion by Jose Pablo Ingles Casao is a lovely monotone City Scape with Space Invaders all over it. 25% of sales from each of these tees go to support The Leapyear Project. I’m somewhat confused about what the charity does from the site but I think it’s helping people achieve their aims.

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Lastly, ha! I got to type Threadless into Threadless. I got sent one of these awesome quality tees. I can’t get over how much I love it, I love having ‘Threadless’ emblazoned on my wabs! It’s amazing and all Threadless fans need one. Word. This is Threadless Tee by Threadless! OOoooh loads of Threadless in that paragraph.

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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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Tee Busters Review : http://teebusters.com/

by DeeHYA on March 3, 2013

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Ok so I’ll hold my hands up, I’ve had this tee for a while, I wore it for a shoot a while ago but I didn’t get any decent pics of the design, I made sure I shot it in the studio today. This skull emblazoned baby was from Tee Busters, I have review a website like this before.

They basically release tees for a limited period of time, so if you see it and decide you want it you need to get in quickly before they release the next design. I’m not sure whether if you specifically wanted one, such as the one I’m wearing in the pic, you’d be able to email them and see if they have any stock? I mean they might hold some old stock.

From the looks of their Facebook Page they seem to run pretty awesome offers (3 tees for 15 Euros) and competitions really regularly. I love when companies get their fans involved, I find it to be really good way of creating a loyal fan base.

I quite like their website, it’s loud and simple to use. You can looks at their previous designs in their Hall of Fame, there are a huge amount of geeky tees on there which bodes well from my point of view. I’ve seen Ninja Turtles, Batman, Spiderman, Misfits, Star Wars, Harry Potter and I could go on for ages! The sample tee I got is called ‘Chemistry is Fun’ and I love it, when I’ve had it on it’s been commented one, I’ve washed it 3 times and it’s in as spectacular condition as it was when the postie put it through my letterbox. Mine is on a navy tee which I think works nicer than the black one here.

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The current tee on the website is a ‘Skyfall’ one and I know there’s a whole bunch of Bond fans ready to lap it up!

To sum up, I love my tee from this company, it’s comfortable and I’d say sizing is standard. The print quality is fabulous as is the tee quality. The website is simple to use and they interact with Joe Public. All in all a massive ‘Thumbs Up’ for Tee Busters!

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(First Image of me by Nicholas Gray, second image of me by Grime and Glamour)

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Electric MVMT Light-Up Hoodie Review

by Amy_F on February 18, 2013

I’ve never been more excited upon receiving an email to do a review of a light-up hoodie.  Electric MVMT has designed an original glow-in-the-dark, light-up hoodie in several color schemes.  I received my package from them very fast and got to playing around with it this weekend.

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At first I wasn’t sure what to think about how this thing was even going to operate.  Upon opening the package, which arrived in a simple brown box with the product packaged in a clear bag inside, I unzipped the sweatshirt to find a battery pack inserted in an inside small Velcro pocket.  I instantaneously started laughing and the only thought that came to mind was, “wow, I’m totally gonna get electrocuted if I wear this in the rain.”

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The wires are strategically connected from the battery pack to the colored light-up tubing that runs along the length of the zipper into the lining of the hood.  It’s quite nifty (yes I totally just said, nifty) how it all is intertwined, sewn inside and connected.  Please note though that the batteries are NOT included.  The sweatshirt requires 2 Double A batteries (AA).

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The hoodie I received was perfect; white with pink light-up tubing.  The battery pack inside has 1 button on it, as initially I figured it was one click on, one click off.  To my surprise, however it was not like that at all!  It was 1 click for on, the second click makes the light-up tubing blink slowly AND THEN, a third click will make you feel like you’re at a rave.  The light-up tubing repeatedly blinks very fast and the fourth and final click will turn the lights off.

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The sweatshirt is definitely high-quality, as Electric MVMT is selling them for originally $90.00 on their website (currently they’re on sale for $65.00).  They come in Black with Blue Illumination, Black with Pink Illumination, White with Blue Illumination and White with Pink Illumination.  I have to say the truth, I kind of want each color combo!

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They’ve taken the time to not only create a glow-in-the-dark, light-up design that is unique and not really seen before, but they’ve also given you the quality of a soft, nice fitting sweatshirt, a custom sewn-in label and a cute little embroidered design on the sleeve of the hoodie which is a circle with 3 lines in the middle – which just happens to be their logo.

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I have to say that Electric MVMT really took the time to think out and design a product that is not only creative and most definitely unique, but is also comfortable, stylish and well put together.  They didn’t skimp on any area of the product itself and that’s hard to find these days.  A lot of companies figure if they’re putting the money into one aspect of the design (say the light-up technology Electric MVMT has) then why bother with a custom label or even add the additional embroidered logo.  Overall they’ve done a great job with this sweatshirt and I would recommend anyone to shop with them!

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Now, I will not say for sure whether or not the wired technology in the lining is dangerous at all in certain weather conditions, though my Dad has assured me that I will not get electrocuted (lol).  The only thing about the sweatshirt is it’s slightly delicate or at least I feel so to handle with the battery pack in the Velcro pocket.  It’s behind the normal sweatshirt pocket so not really in the way but there’s extra wire hanging out that could possibly snag on something especially if that hoodie is left unzipped when worn.  I don’t find this to be a huge problem or become any sort of disaster if it did snag on something but I’d worry it might mess up the ability to light the sweatshirt up if it did catch.

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There is one final thing that leaves me wondering about this product and that’s that there are no washing instructions.  I mean, not that I’m a slob, but you’ve given me a white hoodie here, what if I need to wash it – clearly I cannot throw this thing in the washing machine.  I didn’t expect a tag to have washing instructions because I felt they’ve paid a lot of close attention to detail already, however a print out in the package might have been nice, even to simply state ‘hand-wash’ or perhaps maybe I need to unhook something before doing so.  I’m guessing it’s going to be just a spot treatment type process and assuming they don’t expect you to wear this out every day (though it’d be a lot of fun to) to where you’d dirty it so much, but clothes do need to be washed at some point in time.  But overall, aside from my conscious thoughts on how I’d get this clean IF I did indeed dirty it, I really love this damn thing and I had an impromptu photo-shoot in the dark with my Mom wearing the hoodie AND I even got it on the dog.

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Electric MVMT does not currently sell any other products, but it looks as if they plan on including some accessories in the near future.  They are in several retail stores that you can find on their website and they explain that their hoodies have you covered for every occasion from, “Out at the club, on a bike, hitting the bars, or recovering from a rough night with an early morning jog.”  Hey, think of it this way, now people don’t have to wear those goofy reflector vests when they go for a run at night, just hit up Electric MVMT for a nice glow-in-the-dark, light-up hoodie!  You’ve heard it here first – I think they should make some glow-in-the-dark animal clothing next. Just saying!

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Electric MVMT, “the best thing to happen to clothing since the invention of the button.”  Check them out on Facebook and on their Website while the hoodies are still on sale!  I’ll definitely be heading back to pick up a few more for myself too!

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Octowar! laFraise T-shirt Review

by Mr Four Fingers on February 16, 2013

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Well if you are reading this then chances are you are a regular follower of HYA then you may have aleady heard of the French t-shirt company called laFraise (Strawberry). Now that I know that the company is called Strawberry it makes me wonder why they decided on that name. They kindly offered us a t-shirt for a review and hey presto here it is.

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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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Review: Design By Hümans Collective

by Matt on February 8, 2013

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The DBH Collective was launched a few months ago and is now in full swing. According to it’s tagline from their site, the collective is: “Tees that illustrate your lifestyle, by a group of epic artists from around the globe, printed on whatever color you’d like.” It is exactly that, and more.

For as long as I’ve been following the online graphic t-shirt world, which is almost five years now, I’ve always considered Design By Hümans to be one of the best players in the game. Super soft and comfortable tees, incredible artwork from all the best artists, and massive screen prints that are executed perfectly. What more could you want?

More designs on more colors, obviously. And the DBH Collective is giving you just that. When it first rolled out, there were about 20 different artists included in the collective. Now there are over 55! I haven’t counted how many designs each artist has in their store, but the total number is surely a lot. And each of those being available on multiple different colors make the possibilities endless.

The Creative Directior of DBH, Mr. Craig Watkins aka Wotto, was nice enough to send me some samples of this new collective to check them out for this review. I’ll admit that I definitely had my doubts when DBH first announced they were doing DTG printing. As I mentioned, I consider them one of the best when it comes to screen printing, so I kind of thought it was a step down for them to start with DTG. But not surprisingly, they pulled it off bigger and better than anyone else. The shirts I received are easily the best DTG prints I’ve ever seen.

The first shirt I received was “The Baboon” by Mr-Nicolo. This bold and colorful print came to me on a black 100% cotton DBH Premium Tee. While I mentioned that the DBH Collective designs are all available on multiple colors, there are a few exceptions and this is one of them. The Baboon is only available on black. I would assume it’s probably because it doesn’t look as good on other colors, and further, the design itself contains a few of the colors that they offer for other DBH Collective pieces. Regardless, it looks great on black and the print is huge. As you can see, it takes up almost the entire front of the tee. Granted, I do wear a small and they probably don’t make the prints bigger for larger sizes, but that is a possibility. I’ll have to find out. Not only is the print big, but super soft. Even softer than a standard screen print, because of the DTG process they’re using for this collection.

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The next shirt I received was a piece by wotto himself, “An Ode To Wild Things 2″. This design depicts two characters from a book (and now a movie) we’re all familiar with. The main character Max, in his boat, atop one of the wild things! This one was sent to me on a turquoise shirt, which I think was the perfect choice for this beautiful illustration. Again, the print is very large and super soft.

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So if it wasn’t obvious, I highly recommend checking out the DBH Collective. Tons of never-before-seen designs on new colors, and you get to choose what combination you like. Wotto and the huge group of awesome artists over at Design By Hümans are always doing new and great things, and this is just another one to add to the list. What will they come up with next?

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Hands on with a blu-boy tee

by Chris_S on February 4, 2013

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This little package arrived on my doorstep a few days ago. In case you’re incapable of reading, it’s a package from blu-boy, a tee brand started up by Bev O’Shea when a freelance graphic designer in Ireland. “I guess it’s safe to say that I got bored of playing it safe and sticking to the norm,” Bev said in a covering email. Not sticking to the norm results in some brilliant t-shirts.

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Opening the package was great. For what is a relatively young brand, blu-boy have managed to put together a really professional style of presentation that makes receiving a tee more of an event. As a little attempt to bring something new I used Vine to produce a 6-second unboxing of the shirt itself here.

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The shirt blu-boy sent was their ‘Exquisite’ design (€25.00) on a black crew neck – and I can’t fault it one bit. It’s one of the least brash designs they do, and I think the sort of understated nature makes it excellent. I’m a strong type fan, and this is great use of it. It’s subtle enough that you don’t feel overly self-conscious wearing it while standing out enough that it’s not the sort of thing you find ten a penny on the racks at any high street shop.

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Everything about this seems well made, from the thick card stock used for the brand tag on the back of the neck to the printing itself (blu-boy use water-based inks, for those of you who are concerned about the environment and want your tees to have a green-friendly provenance).

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All told, this is a really great tee – which means I’m stuck for having much to say. What I will say is that this isn’t the only good design that the guys at blu-boy have online, and it’s well worth a look at their online store to see if there are any others out there you might fancy.

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Sleepy Dan : Regular Printing Crew

by Sleepy Dan on February 1, 2013

Two weeks ago a new Crew Sweatie was released with help from Regular Printing, so I wanted to share a behind the scenes look at their shop process.

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Heather blue crew is a perfect color for a tonal printing, so we mixed up a water based ink color to match the shirt, then got ready for the Regular Printing magic!

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You wanna check out a short Video Of The Printing?

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The studio is one of the cleanest I’ve seen and perfect for a master at work.

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Scott and Shamsy are using a manual press so everything is hands on here!

Sleepy Dan Regular Printing Wake Up Behind the Scenes

Perfect placement and alignment is key when the sweatie is put on the pallet.

Sleepy Dan Regular Printing Wake Up Behind the Scenes

The water based ink is so soft compared to a plastisol print, that is why I use water based inks all the time… Especially for this super soft crew sweatshirt!

Sleepy Dan Regular Printing Wake Up Behind the Scenes

Each sweatie runs thru the dryer to cure the ink, then collected and folded up.

Sleepy Dan Regular Printing Wake Up Behind the Scenes

The limited run of 24 are complete, so extra ink is collected to clean the screens.

Sleepy Dan Regular Printing Wake Up Behind the Scenes

Then each sweatie gets a custom neck label sewn in by hand.

Sleepy Dan Regular Printing Wake Up Behind the Scenes

The little details like a embroidered sleeve applique make it perfect…

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So late last week the postie brought me a jiffy bag of joy in the form of a t-shirt from London company  ‘Naked Sunday‘ so I shot in the t-shirt with local photographer Penny Edwards in the studio and I got my fiance Nicholas to brave the cold in the tee too.

Firstly, Naked Sunday has a lovely crisp, clean and easy to use website, you get a feel for their designs even via something as basic as the font of their logo. The tees are mostly black, white and red which little accents of other colours for particular designs. There are currently only 6 designs, I hope they come up with more as popularity grows.

As I was allowed to pick I opted for ‘X Marks the Spot’ which is a design centred around an old style map. My favourite design on the site is probably ‘Femme Fatale‘ but I thought that my fiance would prefer wearing the one we received.

At £30 these aren’t your basic, budget tees. Both the quality of the shirt and the print is super high and if you’re looking for a tee for a night out I’d recommend these big style. I even enjoyed the fit of the tee on me and sometimes I have problems with bloke fit tees. The shirt is flexible without feeling flimsy and the print is vibrant without being stiff.

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I’m very excited about Naked Sunday and I am looking forward to more genius original designs on super quality tees!

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Effing Gear Hands on Review

by AndyRocksBluu on January 21, 2013

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Hey everyone, its AndyRocksBluu again and I have a new review with the good people of Effing Gear. I’m not going to lie, when I first saw this clothing line I thought to myself “Is that a middle finger and a bird as a logo? Nope I think I’ll pass”. However, after getting my package and really dissecting what Effing Gear brings to the table, I have to say I’m pretty impressed. Dive In below and check out my Effing Review.

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Design: 3.0-5.0

The two tees I received were pretty cool. One design was a logo tee and the other was an Eff Sandy relief tee.  Both designs are simple and clean designs that had textures to the image to give it an old tattered feel.

Price: Average/High

If you’re going to get an Effing Gear t-shirt it’s going to run about 26 bucks. For some people this might be a little high but in my opinion it’s about average. While I was looking over their logo tee I found plenty of added details ranging from hem tags, hang tags, and leather bracelets.

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Quality: 4.0-5.0

This is where Effing Gear really shines. Their clothes are soooooo comfortable it’s not even funny. Once I put on my Eff t-shirt it didn’t come off until the end of the day. I definitely give them two thumbs up in the quality department.

Presentation: 4.0-5.0

I wasn’t sold on the concept but the presentation really won me over. Each shirt comes with an Effing hang tag and leather bracelet. I really wish I received a little note that the leather string was a bracelet because I almost threw it in the garbage. Luckily for me I found out what it was when I visited the website. (the bracelet is a nice touch.) PS the tag line in the washing instructions “put some Effing clothes on” is the icing on the cake.

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Conclusion:

If you like what you see and you don’t mind wearing clothes with a hand flipping the bird, then Effing gear might be for you. You can check out the site here. http://www.effinggear.com/

 

-AndyRocksBluu

 

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Post image for T-shirt Review for Tee-a-Day Site – ShirtPunch!

It has been a while, but I am continuing on my reviews of the Tee-A-Day sites, this time with ShirtPunch! They offer a tee every 24 hours and each shirt begins it’s sale time at midnight EST – Eastern Standard Time. If you live in California, for example, it would change at 9pm. Living in the UK? The new tee goes live at 5am for you! I received my tees in a normal mailer, they were wrapped nicely in plastic inside the mailer, but what made it stand out was the Shirtpunch logo boldly presented on the front – adds a nice “punch” to the bag, don’t you think?

First up for review is an interesting tee and it took me a bit of curious questioning to understand the reference, but now that I understand it, I really like it! If you’re like me and not knowledgeable of classic video/computer games, then you might need some explanation. This tee is called A Better Tomorrow by Bob Mosquito and the t-shirt is essentially a cereal box design (probably figured that already), but what you might not know is it is also referring to Maniac Mansion II: Day of the Tentacle; a point-and-click 2D adventure game released on floppy disc or CDROM in 1993, wow I haven’t seen a floppy disc in ages. Well in the game the characters attempt to stop the evil Purple Tentacle (a sentient, disembodied tentacle) from taking over the world, sounds fun! I like that this reference is so obscure, yet the design is fun and interesting enough for a girl like me to enjoy.

This tee is actually printed on a Men’s Medium Black Gildan Softstyle and it obviously fits a lot larger than what I am used to. I still like to wear it though, it’s not uncomfortably too big, so why not? Print of A Better Tomorrow (and Scare-A-Lot, that tee’s next) are very good being as ShirtPunch prints using silk screening which always catches my eye for being a smooth and quality print. Not only that, but what I really like to see in a t-shirt company is a big print, and these prints are big! My only critique would be the tags – they are the original Gildan tags, and it would be nice to see a custom Shirtpunch sewn on tag or maybe a printed tag directly on the fabric.

I have a tee here a lot of you zombie fans would love, Scare-A-Lot by Truffleshuffle. It’s basically Care Bears in zombie land with a toxic rainbow, deadly little stars and hearts, and hideously cute bears staggering throughout the t-shirt. I especially love the blood (or ooze) flowing out of the one bear’s belly and the exposed ribcage on the other one – does add a bit of gruesomeness to the design! I am intrigued by the sweet, cheerful Care Bears that have been zombiefied; I like the juxtaposition.

This tee is printed on a Women’s Medium Black Gildan Softstyle which if given a Gildan, the Softstyle are the best for what they offer in my opinion. The fit is very good being the right length for me, feels good, and isn’t too tight. I don’t usually prefer this type of blank, but it is not a bad one in any means. (A really nice size chart is available for a more detailed description.) Shirtpunch also offers a variety of styles of apparel to get the design printed on – from tees to hoodies, as well as other things like posters, stickers, and buttons!

Overall Shirtpunch didn’t disappoint at all, they put out really nice quality tees, especially for only $10 a pop. Thanks to Jon (Buzatron) and all the folks at Shirtpunch for the opportunity to give a review of their tees. Thanks for reading!

Keep in touch with Shirtpunch: Facebook and Twitter

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Twin Serpents – T-shirt Review

by Mr Four Fingers on January 14, 2013

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Not too long ago clothing brand Twin Serpents posted an image on their Facebook page of some Black Mamba’s asking what makes snakes so scary. Before you answer let it be known that a black mamba has a reputation for being aggressive. Oh and they are highly venomous and the fastest snakes in the world.

Those who left a comment had their names entered into a random raffle and hey presto I got myself an awesome t-shirt. What made it even better for me was that a couple of weeks previously I let the guys at Twin Serpents know about a small post I created for them on Skull Appreciation Society about this very t-shirt.

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Review: Quote & Apparel

by Matt on January 11, 2013

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I’m usually one for a graphic tee and not so much a text based design, but Quote & Apparel have combined those two elements to make some nice shirts that could fit into anyone’s style.

All their designs are based around quotes. Some you have probably heard before and others you haven’t. Each quote is brought to life with a sketch-like illustration, usually using a simple one color print. The artwork and text are directly printed onto Poly-Cotton blend Next Level Apparel tees, making both the print and shirt very soft.

They were nice enough to let me choose which shirt I wanted to review and being the proud Philadelphian that I am, I opted for one of their Ben Franklin designs:

“We must hang together or assuredly we will all hang separately.” – Benjamin Franklin

Because they use DTG printing, they can (and do) offer their designs on multiple colors. I got the “Hang Together” print on light blue. It also comes on off white, sage, and silver.

Overall, I think Quote and Apparel has a good thing going. My only suggestion would be to remove the Next Level tags from the blanks, so as to make a complete, branded product. Because they do have a printed neck tag that would take the place of that removed one. Check them out at quoteandapparel.com.

Next time: I review the DBH Collective

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Margin London at HideYourArms

by Margin London on December 17, 2012

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Margin London has been kindly invited to contribute to HideYourArms. We’ll be posting some news about up-and-coming labels that will be exhibiting at Margin in February 2013, which takes place on the 10th & 11th, but firstly we think we should introduce ourselves.

Started back in 2002 as an affordable platform for new designers, Margin is the longest-running independent trade exhibition in London. The show presents designer women’s and men’s tailoring and accessories, as well as streetwear for men and women, to invited store buyers and press.

The humble tee has long been a starting point for numerous labels, and we’ve seen many an exhibitor start off with a t-shirt offering which has grown over the seasons to include a full range of clothing. Supremebeing, Lazy Oaf, Seventyseven, Dephect, YourEyesLie, and many others all started at Margin with tees before growing their stockist base and extending their range to include clothing, bags, jewellery (or jewelry for Americans!), and hats.

Margin has been providing a launchpad for brands to meet with key buyers and press for 10 years to date, and 2012 marked a decade of exhibitions.

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To commemorate the occasion, a limited-edition 10 year book was printed for visitors to the show, but it’s also available to download as a PDF or as a super-interactive book for iPad. The iPad version features extensive galleries of previous seasons, as well as videos, and can be downloaded here.

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Here’s the link to posts where HideYourArms mentions Margin including brand updates from when they last visited (well overdue for a revisit but Andy & the HideYourArms London correspondent are returning in February 2013!).

Margin is an intimate showroom exhibition in a white gallery space in the heart of Central London, and the only tradeshow in the UK where buyers and press can discover new & emerging design talent (most making their debut launch).  When we say “NEW”, we don’t just mean new to Margin, we mean brand-spanking, never-been-seen-before, new!

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Since the exhibitions first started back in 2002, Margin can lay claim to providing the successful trade launch-pad for many brands such as Chateau Roux, Your Eyes Lie, Supremebeing, Dephect, Emily & Fin, Miyson, 1 in a 100, Missmilne, Worn By, Ashley Marc Hovelle, Humdrum, Worn Free, Sugarhill, King Apparel, Terratag, Lazy Oaf, Famous Forever, and Ruby Rocks, as well as the UK launching point of overseas brands including Silas, Upper Playground, Tank Theory, Eastpak Apparel, Loreak Mendian, Syndrome, Al & Alicia, Gama-Go, Mimobots, Double Goose, Stereo Sound Agency, Diamond Supply Co, Urban Originals, and Uzi amongst many others.

Margin London at HideYourArmsMargin has welcomed key stores to the exhibitions since first launching in 2002; from online players like ASOS, My-Wardrobe, and Urban Industry; multiples such as Ark, Joy, Beams, and Ships; department stores, such as Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Liberty, House of Fraser, Psyche, Fenwick, El Corte Ingles, Galleries Lafayette, & Engelhorn Trendhaus; as well as the key independents Margin is renowned for, including Colette, Hip, Sakis, Wood, Royal Cheese, Natterjacks, 290sqm, Coggles, Market, Atoo, My Yard, Donuts, Caliroots, and Get Cutie, to name a few.

Margin has welcomed numerous stylists and fashion editors from magazines including Vogue, Wad, Elle, Wallpaper, Arena, i-D, FHM, Esquire, Cosmopolitan, Vice, DJ, Flux, WWD, Drapers, Sportswear International, and Sport & Street; as well as contributors from directional blogs such as BNTL, Coolhunting, Hypequest, Slamxhype, Hypebeast, and, of course, Hideyourarms.

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For more info about Margin, visit the website here, find us on Facebook or Twitter, and we’ll be back soon to post about some great new labels that will be exhibiting at Margin in February 2013.

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Pepe Jones Born Out of Failed Ideas

by Umang on December 15, 2012

When Pepe Jones reached out to HYA, I was pretty excited to do a review for them. I see a lot of t-shirts and can become jaded by repetition and lack of thoughtfulness, something that Pepe Jones does not fall into. The irony is that Pepe Jones states,  “Pepe Jones is the new modern/vintage t-shirt brand that was born out of the failed ideas and dreams of the notoriously elusive.” Making a mission statement like that could be a set up for failure. I found the contrary and feel that these guys are on to something interesting and thoughtful. I have written about the lack of creativeness in politically charged t-shirts that flooded the market during this past US Presidential election. Politicians are using social media to get some fresh voters, why not tap into timeless designs like Pepe Jones?  Lincoln & Johnson won their election 148 years ago but this shirt is sure to get some looks from envious hipsters and political buffs. I assume the “failure” of the Lincoln & Johnson win, was that Lincoln was eventually assassinated by John Wilkes Booth 158 days later.

Enough history, lets get back to the actual t-shirt. The t-shirts are super soft and appear to be ring spun cotton. Pepe Jones, sourced some quality t-shirts so don’t worry that you will get a Hanes Beefy-T. The print quality is crisp. I also received a hand written note, sticker and a business card. The funny thing is that Pepe Jone’s image reminded me of one of my teachers from High School, named Mr. Fine, not that it should matter to you.

Get some Pepe Jones folks and to smooth the deal over, they have offered HYA readers a 20% discount. Use the code HideYourPepe20 at check out.

Lincoln – Johnson 1864 Presidential Campaign Shirt – Monetary Damage with the 20% discount $16.00

In 1864 this t-shirt would have cost you $0.91 but you are getting a great deal at $16.00 a pop.

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Who loves Festive T-shirts? I know I do, I also know that the High Street has been selling out like no-ones business and sometimes you need to have a hunt online! Christmas is fast approaching so you’re going to have to be swift if you’re wanting the ideal tee for Christmas day.  Apologise for the pics, not as good as usual, had to use my Mam’s tree as ours looks like something out of a Katy Perry music video!

So I was hunting around online and I found http://www.facebook.com/JollyClothing this is quite a cool FB with competitions and stuff going on so it’s well worth a like, I was first won over by the fab designs and the fact they do guy and girly fit in a fabulous selection of colours in two awesome designs. You can access their shop via Facebook or you  can head to http://www.jollyclothing.com/.

First design is the Reindeer tee! Modelled here by my fiancé! This is available in Green, Blue, Red & Brown for men and Red, Purple, Pink, Charcoal, Brown, Blue, Red and Green for ladies. My fiancé normally wears a size Medium and the fit is standard, the print quality is excellent and for £12.99 you’re simply not going to get a better festive tee!

I got my grubby mitts on the Snowman tee! Available in Denim Blue, Green, Brown and Royal Blue for fellas and Charcoal, Pink, Purple and Lilac (my fave) for ladies. I love mine, I did a little squee noise when I took it out of the packaging. It’s a fab fit, I normally wear a small tee and this is a medium and it fits perfectly with a tee underneath. I can’t praise the quality of these tees enough. When messaging one of the employees at the company he said there was limited availability in some colours/sizes so if you’re wanting a tee for Christmas day I would get in there quickly! Next year Jolly Clothing, I’d love kids ones!

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