Last time we looked at Big Bad City they were yet another company going down the Kickstarter route to get their line off the ground. That was successfully completed and they now have shirts and some new designs up on general sale now. Shirts look good, it’s not a style that we see often on HYA, but they’re certainly interesting and wearable.
Shirts are £23 a piece plus postage, but HYA readers can get 10% off using the coupon code HIDEYOURARMS.
Cool new collection from Moloch Clothing , I really dig the botanical and bird shirts, those a are really nice and really wearable designs. I’m not sure if Microsoft would be too happy if they saw that sweatshirt though!
The tees have sine an upgrade from the last collection, they now use Continental N45 blanks which are made of 70% sustainable bamboo and 30% organic cotton. It’s a quality shirt that doesn’t lose it’s shape through washing (trust me, I have a lovely green blank from them) and feels good too.
Shirts are available now for £25, sweatshirts are £30, and what’s left of their first collection has been dropped down to £20 per tee.
Project A head honcho Dualta has spent the past few months living in London (he does seem to get about a bit), but now that stage of his life is coming to an end and he’s moving back to Dublin. This change of location has influenced the Autumn collection as is explained below in the press release.
This Autumn/Fall 2013, Project A Apparel take a conceptual approach to its collection “home”. Inspired by their current upheaval between London and Dublin the brand expresses it’s continuing efforts to define home through a series of recurring images and simple staples all inspired by their past experiences. The pigeon, a constant within this collection and city life in general features heavily.
Our highlights include the military inflected white on white and black on black tees, the woollen football scarf and softer touches with the falling feathers button down shirt and black Harrington with silver feather zipper pull.
All are available from www.projectaapparel.com from the 25th of October.
It’s a solid collection with a nice variety of items, the scarf being especially unusual from an indie brand. I really like the creativity of the look book, of which you can see much more here, nice to see someone doing something different.
Here’s something fun, when I went down to Margin back in August I got to meet the Mayamada team (and very nice they were too), but I also got to check out this range of designs, so I can give these the Andy seal of approval and they haven’t even been released yet since they’re on pre-order until October 21st (Monday). There’s some really cool designs in there, nice and wearable, and the print quality looked good when I was checking them out, so I think you can buy these tees and crew neck sweatshirts with confidence.
Mayamada will also be appearing in the ASOS marketplace from November so that should be good for their growth since ASOS is a really big player globally these days. Tees are £25 with sweatshirts weighing in at £35.
Cool concept for a very wearable shirt design (also available as a crew neck), which interestingly they offer in both a regular and fashion fit, something I feel reflect the many demos that are attracted to Akomplice. Oh, and yes, you do get a custom branded Sharpie with your tee so you can fill in the crossword if you’d like. The shirt is $30 ($65 for the crewneck) and available now from the Akomplice webstore.
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!
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!
Etsy : https://www.etsy.com/shop/SheFeltGeekyUK?page=1
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Sure, it doesn’t really show off the clothing to their best, but it is a really cool concept for a photoshoot and has produced some great images that make me want to see more, which is precisely what a brand would want from a lookbook.
It’s been a while since I’ve pointed you guys in the direction of the HYA shop, so why not head on over and take a look? All orders come with free UK postage and every purchase helps support the site. Here’s a reminder of what’s available.
A selection of t-shirts including the HYA logo on a variety of colours (£12.99) and Ben’s freshly released ‘Hair of the Bear’ shirt (£14.99).
Summer is over for another year but we still have a few logo tank tops available for £11.99 each.
Like I said, Summer is over, so that means we’re into hoodie season and the HYA hoodies are really warm, and a bit of a bargain at £24.99.
Yes, of course HYA sells galaxy tights (with leggings coming soon), why on Earth wouldn’t we?
Fashion jewellery starting from just £1.99.
And last but not least, some HYA logo posters and these great illustrations by my friend Steven Gregg.
That is one seriously nice print, and the rest of this new release is pretty great too. Those of you looking back in their catalogue will find that they have restocked some older designs too.
Manzoo is a new label from a couple of designers from Germany and Venezuela offering interesting tees and tank tops with a fun hand-drawn style. Keeping up with the by hand style they’re also printing all the tees themselves which I think is pretty neat, it’s not always the right solution for brands but I think if you’re doing one-colour prints on white tees then it’s perfectly fine and it’s nice to have that bit more of a connection between the artists and the customers.
You’re probably thinking that I’m going to rip Dewerstone for not having enough designs without their logo on, and you’re right, I really do wish that they had more designs that weren’t to do with their name, because I think it’s something that creates a ‘barrier to entry’ for a brand. By putting your name on your goods you make the person need to like your brand before they make a purchase, something that you don’t need to do with a cool piece of art or a pop culture design (though then you’re just using their love of someone else’s ideas to help sell your goods), because the image is the real seller there. It seems like the hard way to go with a brand, but maybe these guys want to go the hard way and create that brand recognition from the start.
It’s quite frustrating since I think otherwise Dewerstone are doing everything else right with their approach to the business and I love that there is a company in the UK stitching their own goods and even using tiny paintbrushes to ensure that their prints are perfect. Then again, maybe it’s just me, after several years of writing about tee brands it’s hard to get excited about a brand with their logo on the shirt, but I think these guys do have the potential to be really, really good so hopefully as they grow we’ll be able to see a bit more creativity on the design front and I should just respect their choices at this point.
They’ve offered a sample to us for review so hopefully we’ll be bringing that to you soon and we can talk more about the quality (which I suspect to be very high) rather than me bitching about logos.
These guys got in touch about a week ago to say hello and I’m glad they did because now we know about their really interest art-based t-shirt designs, loads of really wearable stuff in here. It’s cool to hear from a brand in Israel too as that’s a bit of a rarity on HYA, I don’t know if that’s because of a lack of indie brands out there or they just haven’t been getting in touch with me.
Shirts are €26, and tank tops are €30 with plenty of other stuff available that I haven’t shown above.