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My name is Marc and i’ve just launched a super kawaii themed Kickstarter called Fuzzballs.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kyandii/fuzzballs-super-awesome-kawaii-shirts-necklaces-an

I’m looking for support to make a huge range of cute t-shirts, necklaces and keyrings. The Fuzzballs started life at Http://thefuzzballs.tumblr.com in cute little animations and i’ve had many requests to turn them into shirts so i launched this kickstarter today.

I’d love for your support (even £1 would really help inspire other people to become backers) or if you can share out the link it would mean the world to me and hopefully we can make super kawaii fuzzballs shirts a reality.

Thank you again.

Andy: It’s not the kind of thing that I would wear personally, but they are really nicely designed (the characters are perfect for tee prints) and the link is worth pressing for the “Cat Toast Paradox” GIF alone!

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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.

Keep in touch with Mister Pompadour:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

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Hey Andy, hope all is well. My name’s Donovan and I’ve been a big fan of the site for a long time now–I mean I check it daily, ha.

I’m the owner of a brand called Ignorant/Reflections based in Portland, OR.

The brand is centered around my struggles to affirm culture and identity in America’s Whitest and most gentrified city as I traveled between urban life and the ‘burbs.

The brand’s motto ‘Provocative Critical Thinking.’ Using bold graphics rooted in my experience, these garments provoke thought and conversation.

The two offerings I have here embody that motto. The ‘Ignorant’ beanie and the ‘I Survived Portland Police’ t-shirt.

On the ‘Ignorant’ beanie: The word “ignorant” simply means “to not know.” No one knows everything. Start a conversation with one of these classic ‘Ignorant’ beanies

On the ‘I Survived Portland Police’ t-shirt: The city isn’t always “Portlandia” for many of us when the police show up. Make a statement against police violence in the Rose City and beyond with this t-shirt sure to create conversations wherever you go!

Use the promo code ProvocativeHYA when checking out from the Ignorant/Reflections website and get 10 percent off your order

Stay tuned to the brand as I/R gears to release it’s debut collection of t-shirts this year with it’s ‘Reverse Gentrification’ collection by liking the brand on facebook.com/IgnorantReflections and following the on Instagram @ignorantreflections

Andy: I live in a rural county in England that is about 99% white, there’s no way I’m going to touch the issues raised in this post!

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#iambabesngents Snapbacks

by Andy on December 12, 2014

Babes & Gents has recently launched a new product called #iambabesngents Snapback. The product recognizes the essence and the core values of Babes & Gents which are Passion, Inspiration and Strength and is for people who have interests in the Music, Art and Fashion.

We have also released a new video featuring a behind the scenes of the lifestyle of a babe or a gent in order to promote the snapbacks featuring various artists and creatives.
Video : www.youtube.com/watch?v=7G8z-bXpbXY

Hope u Enjoy the video
-Amir :)
www.babesngents.com

Andy: Thanks for the submission.

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New Slim Card Case From Livin’ Life Co

by Andy on December 11, 2014



We’re super excited to announce the newest addition to our product line, our Slim Italian Leather Card Case. This vintage tanned slim card case is perfect for holding just the essentials. It’s handcrafted from full-grain Italian leather which is soft to the touch and will only get better with use and time. It features three pockets: a middle slot that fits up to ten credit cards, an ID slot in front & a currency slot in back.

Full-grain Italian pull-up leather
100% hand cut & hand sewn
Debossed “Livin’ Life!®” on front side
Waxed nylon thread
Dimensions: 3″ x 4″

Andy: Something a bit different!

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Bird Box Beanies from Keet Warrin

by Andy on November 18, 2014


Keet Warrin has just released their new Bird Box Beanies. Right now you can get a discount when you buy two on their online shop. Just head over to their website and check out the Bird Box Beanie Combo!

Andy: Thanks for the submission!

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Bandana face masks from Robber Barons Ink

by Andy on October 16, 2014

Whether you need an easy last minute Halloween idea or just want to look stylish getting tear gassed by your local swat team, Robber Barons Ink has you covered. Check out our full selection of bandana face masks available now at robberbaronsink.com

Andy: It’s surprising that I haven’t seen this concept before, but I like it (even if I don’t wear bandanas).

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Ill Minded Clothing is a new line that really defines abstract and voluminous designs. The entirety of their line has fully sublimated (all-over) t-shirts and bucket hats (coming soon). Their designs are fit for those who want to stand out and get noticed. The designs are made on 100% polyester shirts. They’re super comfortable and affordable.

Andy: Thanks for the submission!

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Knit Beanies from Livin’ Life Co

by Andy on August 13, 2014



New vintage style knit beanies from Livin’ Life Co., perfect for those chilly days.

Andy: Two weeks ago it was Summer, now I’m back to wearing jumpers indoors, what is this madness?

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Black Spot Apparel

by Andy on August 11, 2014



ORGANIC, COMFORTABLE, QUALITY, HAND PRINTED, ILLUSTRATED and DESIGNED clothing, that features the sea, surf, nature and creativity as main subjects. I work as an Illustrator and Graphic Designer and Im incredibly passionate about this (also passionate about the sea), so Black Spot is a physical representation of this.

Andy: Looks good so far, I’d like to see the incorporation of some of the illustrations in the background of these images to the designs in the future, it almost seems like the most interesting parts (to me as an outsider of the brand) aren’t on the shirts! Nice to see someone using bamboo too.

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In Vision Concept apparel, we are aiming to bring a different perspective to street art and clothing. In july, we launched 13 new styles for both men and women. All designs made from original hand drawn designs. Limited quantities only.

Andy: Nice, thanks for the submission.

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These were actually released almost a month ago, but I’ve had a bit of a crazy month with lots of trips away which has unsettled the posting schedule. Still, they looked good on release and they look good now.

Seventh.Ink

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Back to school? Isn’t there still a few weeks before that? Still, I won’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

Threadless‘ annual Back to School Sale starts on Monday, August 4th at 12 a.m. CDT (5 a.m. GMT). Our entire catalog of t-shirts, tank tops, longsleeves, hoodies, and kids styles will be 40% off. All wall art and iPhone cases will be 30% off. Accessories like laptop sleeves, pet goods, and totes will run as low as 80% off. The sale ends Thursday, August 7th at 5 p.m. CT. (10 p.m. GMT)

Threadless

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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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This dinosaur necklace is rawr-some!

A charming plastic triceratops has been outfitted in his very own hoodie!

Necklace length is 34″. Dinosaur size is roughly 4 1/2″.

• Steel ball chain
• Plastic dinosaur
• Cotton / poly hoodie
• Silver-plated brass findings
• “Funhouse Labs” logo tag at back neck

$36.00 at Funhouse Labs

Andy: I don’t post jewellery on HYA often, but this was too unusual to pass up.

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Crown & Cross – London Clothing Co.

by Andy on June 25, 2014



Crown & Cross are a recently opened London Clothing Co.

Run by designer Alex Tillbrook & Lewis White

Check out their site www.crownandcross.co.uk for a range of unisex items, the brand will be releasing SS14 shortly!

Andy: Excellent lookbook photography, it’ll be interesting to see what they come up with next.

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Akomplice Summer 2014 now available.

by Andy on June 9, 2014






I know, I know, there’s a lot of images in this post, but there could be a lot more as their lookbook will attest. I just kept scrolling through saying to myself “oooh, that can go in the post” and and that’s how we ended up where we are.




It would appear that patterns and all over prints are all the rage at Akomplice this season, there’s lots of really wearable Summer good in this drop. Oh, and I don’t think I’ve mentioned an umbrella before on HYA but when a company releases one that looks like that I can’t really ignore it!

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Howlin Woods Apparel

by Andy on May 28, 2014



Hi Guys, I recently released a small clothing line called Howlin Woods. Have a look at the site www.howlinwoods.de, watch the lookbook with a couple of nice shots from our first shooting, go grab a shirt or a beanie if you like!

Andy: Very cool lookbook photos and good looking designs too!

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I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve written about Edward Teabelly, the tea-based clothing company, but then I seem to say that about a lot of brands these days. Still, really nice new tees that stay on-brand and have some really nice typework. Shirts are £18 a piece, and the beanie (available in three colours) is a very reasonable £10.

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Earlier in the month while I was away in Japan (which seems so long ago already) Seventh.Ink dropped this new design on tees and printed too. Cool design and fits with their usual style, perhaps not something I’d wear these days but I am well aware that my taste in tees has mellowed over the past few years. Here’s the details about the new items:

Shirts: Screen printed with water based inks on Lieutenant Green and New Silver from American Apparel. Custom printed tags and sleeve logos as well
Original Illustration: 11×14 archival inks on sketchbook paper, signed, framed, ready to hang
Steel Blue Screen Print: Two colors, 18×24 on Steel Blue 100# French paper, signed/numbered, limited to 40
Fuse Green Screen Print: Two colors, 18×24 on Fuse Green 100# French paper, signed/numbered, limited to 15

The original illustration has already gone, but the others are still available.

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