Swallows&Daggers are interesting because they started out as a tattoo blog and then slowly transitioned to what they are today, a fully-fledged clothing company offering some really nice designs, as this latest collection shows. I think that when you run a site about clothing and culture there is always a temptation to participate in it, I held off from selling HYA tees for years, but I really love it when people make a purchase because I know it means that this blog is important to someone other than me (though it would be nice if more people made purchases in the HYA store!). Here’s a bit of blurb:
Irish born – UK based brand Swallows&Daggers is pleased to announce the release of its newest collection of clothing for the Spring/Summer season. This collection, designed as a homage to the classic skate graphics of the 80’s. Blends a strong skate influence with nods to the Bones Brigade and other classic graphics alongside our core branding and new ghostcamo pattern. This collection also features a lot of firsts for the brand, marking its first venture into headwear and outerwear with 5-panels, snapbacks and a coach’s jacket all on offer alongside graphic tees and fleece options.
Over the weekend Hollow Clothing released their Summer collection comprising of 5 new tees and a trucker and snapback hat. It’s cool to see them covering a few bases with this one, a smart move in my eyes, you’ve got the big logo tee, the plain tees with their subtle embroidered symbol, the bear tee that appeals to Hollow newbies that just want a graphic, and the tie-dye shirt that is for the people who are a lot more fashionable than me. Pricing is about right too with tees at £13.99-£15.99. Everyone’s happy!
TFAbrand are releasing our new Summer line called “Death can`t hold us” with 5 different Designs on 10 different Products, as well as a new Cap & 2 new Button / Pin packs & a Stickerpack on Saturday 08.06. This time we feature 2 new Artist that contributed to our Release – Carlos Toriselli & Ralph Espiritu.
TFA Started in the fall of 2012 with only a small release in the Heart of Swabia Stuttgart, Germany and are relative proud of what we achieved this far. We would describe our clothing as a mixture between Streetwear and -core Band Designs and we truly love what we are doing.
“It is not a question of being the biggest, the best, or even to be the most successful with what you do. It’s about making people smile, to make them happy by giving them a piece of your creativity in the form of a small piece of fabric, and they thank you for it by wearing it proudly.”
Andy: I don’t like the ‘too young to shave’ design, it doesn’t seem to fit with their style or the look that they’ve created on their site, but the other stuff looks pretty good and it’s well priced so be sure to click through and check them out.
You’ve got to admire the optimism of Anything Goes Apparel with their Summer range, despite being British they’ve still released a bikini, but then again a lot of Brits do head off to sunnier regions in the Summer so it does make sense, and hopefully they’ll shift a few this week with the warm weather we’ve been having recently.
It’s a solid collection with quite a lot of variety, you all know that I like to see brands offering more than just tees and tank tops, that kind of diversity is really important for small businesses and can make a big difference to the longevity of a brand. It’s all priced attractively too, bikinis £12, tees £15/£18, sunglasses, snapbacks and backpacks are £20 and the camo jacket is £30.
And that, ladies and gentleman, is a title worthy of a very local newspaper, clearly I’ve missed my calling!
This week at Sevenly they are supporting the charity 4PAWS For Ability, an orangisation that provides service dogs for children that suffer from seizures. I was unsure what the connection was, but apparently the dogs are really good at detecting when a child is having a seizure (which apparently isn’t always obvious to a parent) and the dogs are also a great comfort to the kids which helps reduce the frequency and severity of seizures. Sounds like a very worthy cause to me, and has resulted in some lovely designs. Cool to see them complimenting the usual range of tees and tank tops with that classy dog leash and even a dog-sized hoodie, even if I do roll my eyes when I see a dog dressed in anything.
As usual $7 from each sale goes directly to the charity and the designs are available in more styles than those shown above.
We introduce to you new British brand Addixx. Scheduled for an official release in Fall 2013, Addixx sets itself apart by making caps representing the UK and in essence showing off the UK to the world and beyond in addition to a series of logo caps and upcoming collaborations and drops. Addixx will be exhibiting at Margin August trade show in London and as part of the build up to the official launch, we are treated to the brand’s first outing and teaser video shot and produced by up and coming talent FreeSpirit.
Get to know Addixx across all social media platforms @AddixxTM
Andy: Nice to have something a bit different on the blog, but I will reiterate that there is little point in submitting a post when you can’t sell something, especially when it’s going to be several months until you intend to launch, because it’s not going to do much to build hype for the brand when people can go out and buy a hat elsewhere right now. I do look forward to seeing more from these guys in the future though.
Highlights here in this sprawling, 21-minute (!!!) odyssey include a gaming-as-addiction montage (:38 seconds), a Pong tutorial from Jeff Bridges and Harry Dean Stanton (2:03), a three-piece tribute to Michael J. Fox (8:57), and a montage of digital dance offs (10:29)!
See a full list of the films as sequenced at YouTube.
The Debonair 90′s hat is the 1st hat of the brand and takes inspiration straight from the 90′s. Taking the graphic style of movies such as Do the Right Thing, classic TV shows such as Martin and other pop culture from the period, the hat features a green underbill and adjustable snap giving it a true “straight out the 90′s” feel. The hat comes in 2 colorways, white/black and white/Limited Edition Aztec print. The Limited Edition version features a unique pattern brim with no to hats using the same part of the pattern so each hat is truly one of one.
Andy: I wouldn’t wear it, but then again I’m not their target market, and I’m not really sure about this whole “bringing back the 90s” trend that’s happening at the moment.
Always Starving just launched our Indiegogo campaign. We know that we only have a small amount of time to gorge ourselves on everything this universe has to offer and we won’t waste it. We know you need to stay hungry. We are Always Starving.
We have koozie, sunglasses, posters and a tee shirts only available through this indiegogo campaign. You can see all of the shirts under the gallery tab on the Indiegogo page. The line consists of 5 graphic tees and 2 pockets tees. The campaign also includes a shirt limited only to this run as well as a koozie and sunglasses.
I think that this might be the first time that I’ve ever seen a brand sell their own shot glasses, and ear plugs for that matter, so bravo to Small Victory for a couple of HYA firsts.
You know what’s really cool about this release? It’s so reasonable, when I saw the tees I expected them to be £20 a piece, but they’re actually only £12 each, par for the course for our American friends, but compared to other brands in the UK they’re an absolute steal.
Pretty nice little collection from Sleepy Dan, two solid tee designs and a well put together snapback. If you’re wondering what the white and blue design is at the bottom, that’s a print that you’ll get for free with your order from the new items (while stocks last), I’m not sure what form the print comes in, but hey, free is free.
Dan is a fair and honest guy, so it’s no surprise that the new items are priced reasonably too, at $26 each for the tees and the hat.
When they were first on HYA I gave Thirdworld Apparel a bit of a chewing out, and with good reason I felt, so it’s great to see them keep coming back and improving every time, even rounding out there product selection with the addition of the beanie. I’m not personally a massive fan of pocket tees but I know they’re a bit market in the UK and they’ve gone with a pretty cool image to contrast with the white shirt.
Ghosts of Vestige got in touch about a month ago to let me know that they existed and I somehow managed to ignore their message for for too long, I really must try harder clearing out the e-mail backlog.
There’s some cool tees in this lineup from GoV, and it’s good to see a couple of beanies to help round out their product offering too. Even though the tees have pretty different themes there definitely a strong continuity in the style here and I like that, it gives people visiting a brand for the first time something to hang on to, because if they like one thing then they’re likely to enjoy the whole line (though I suppose you can say the same of the opposite). Tees are £18 a piece, beanies £10 and everything you can see above is available now.
It’s quite a small collection from Black Thunder, but at least they’ve managed a bit of variety by releasing a tee, a polo shirt and a custom snapback. Getting down to brass tacks (what does that actually mean?) you’re looking at €28 for the hat, €22 for the polo (available in male and female cuts), and a very reasonable €15 for the tee.