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New tees from Inka Inka

by Andy on April 19, 2015




I do like the growth of Inka Inka so far, they’re starting to put together a very respectable group of tees that all have a similar style and theme. That’s something I like to see in a new shop, it shows a bit of planning that can be surprisingly missing more often than you’d expect with new brands.

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Solehab just launched!

by Andy on April 9, 2015

Solehab Sets the Bar for Unique, Artistic, Elegantly Simple Apparel.

April 3, 2015 (Dubai, UAE) – Solehab announces the launch of its new signature apparel brand featuring clean, minimalist designs that celebrate the uniqueness and creativity of each individual.

Released in March 2015, the inaugural Solehab collection was created by Alistair Jameson, a French/American creative director who draws inspiration from a fascination with the complexities and simplicities found in nature and the design world. The Solehab line includes men and women’s T-shirts, featuring simple yet eye-catching iconography and typography designs.

“The market is saturated with over the top big designs, some of which are truly a piece of art, however I believe that we are all unique, and this should be reflected in the clothes we wear and what we have around us. Solehab is made for the unique creative mind. I wanted to go with the minimal approach that says less is more, and let the design speak without being loud,” Jameson says.

He adds: “I have always been an artist at heart. From drawing as a kid to sculpting wood, and later bringing this creativity into my professional career, designing both for print and digital. Just like in my profession as a Creative Director, I wanted to apply this creativity to my clothing line and bring the inspiration I give to my clients directly to the Solehab brand.”

Solehab T-shirt designs include intriguing prints such as Cassette, Tape 8, Gramophone, Gradient, Spaceship and Swirl, available in red, blue, white, yellow, and grey colours both for men and women. The clothing brand is available for purchase online at www.solehab.com.

About the designer
Alistair Jameson, a native of Belgium who has traveled, lived, and worked around the world, considers himself “a hippie at heart”, commenting, “I love nature, the complexity and yet the simplicity of it. From a snow flake to a leaf of a tree to the structure and organisation of ants and bees, for example – all fascinate me.” Solehab aims to highlight the common, the regular, and the mundane with a brand new selection of one-of-a-kind, bold yet minimal apparel.

Andy: Cool tees, reasonable prices, what’s not to like?

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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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Photos by Tabitha Payne / Blue Eyed View Photography

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Ambitious Collective Spring 2015

by Andy on April 4, 2015



Ambitious Collective has just released their Spring 2015 capsule which consists of five new designs, all of which are now available in our online shop. Use code “Spring15” and get 20% off your purchase.

And: The designs look good but as ever it would be better to see the real thing rather than a mockup.

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Velmost – West Coast

by Andy on April 4, 2015



Velmost Spring Summer collection 2015, inspired by 3 rival gangs:

The San Francisco Mad Seagulls, The Ocean Beach killer Whales and the The Surfer Bones from Los Ángeles.

Andy: Oooooh, I really like these; wearable, interesting designs, and well shot images. They aren’t cheap though (unless they aren’t using USD but I can’t tell from anywhere), that price point ($65) will put off a lot of people, as will having a Spanish website, then again, a lot of people do speak Spanish so they aren’t limiting themselves massively if they just want to target Spanish speakers (I couldn’t see an English option, feel free to correct me if I missed it somehow). Still looks good though!

UPDATE: I have been told the price is in Colombian pesos, so the shirt price is actually more like US$30, which is much more reasonable. Local shipping only is available through the website, but if you drop them an e-mail you can arrange for an international purchase.

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stOAKed is a small apparel company established to uplift Oakland and combat negative perceptions. All of our clothing is locally produced in California. Check us out!

20% OFF: Enter “HideYourArms” at checkout.

Andy: Being British and knowing not a lot about Oakland (I’ve been to San Fransisco but did have time to go over there) I don’t really have an opinion on Oakland, but I guess that there must be a lot of negativity for the area. The designs are in a style that can have a wider appeal which is good, because local brands do often limit themselves.

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New: Illuminated Shirts

by Andy on March 31, 2015



REHAGE presents the first illuminated shirts that you can design yourself: Use the included UV lamplight to draw or inscribe your shirt, it will glow for 7-10 minutes in the dark and then you can design again. Great fun and really unique. Also available with your own logo.

Andy: I can’t really work out how you would buy this off their website (it’s all in German and certainly doesn’t look like a clothing brand) but the product is still pretty cool.

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T-Shirt: Whatever You Want It To Be

by Andy on March 31, 2015



T-Shirts are probably one of my favorite things in the world, which is why it’s no coincidence that I find myself on the corner of 13th and Mars. 13th and Mars is a quirky, new t-shirt start-up that brings the versatility of a t-shirt to a new mesosphere. I’ve always wholeheartedly believed that the t-shirt is the best form of self-expression out there; it’s whatever you want it to be. Whether it’s pridefully adorned with your company logo, a new art design, or an emotionally representative slogan, it gives others a personal peek inside its wearer.

With that said, we wanted to create a platform that would give folks the opportunity capitalize on their individuality with ease and, even better, at no cost. Our site allows you to quickly build your own t-shirt projects for all of your social networks to see and buy. I won’t bore you by going through the steps, you can view the tutorial here http://www.13thandmars.com/project-tutorial, but it’s pretty damn cool even if you are just coming to see what our Martian Lady logo has to say today:)

Andy: To be honest these tees don’t really inspire me, which is hardly surprising since one of them it literally filler text, but I suppose with these guys it’s not really about the designs that they have at the moment because they’re trying to become another option out there in the customised tee world. That’s a very crowded market at the moment, so I wish them luck trying to carve out a niche against the established players.

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Play Dead on Cotton Bureau

by Andy on March 26, 2015



I have a new design up for sale on a fairly new tee website. They’re called Cotton Bureau and what’s different about them is that they’re a bit more selective about the designs they choose. That way, they can make sure all of their designs follow the same direction, rather than just a bunch of random pop culture designs. Their tees are clean, minimal and screen-printed, so the quality and style are both excellent.

With any of their selected designs, they have to get at least twelve sales in two weeks to guarantee that it’ll print. So once a tee is on the site, it’s all guns blazing to promote it as best the artist can. So this is my attempt to drum up support for my design. It still has just over ten five days to go, but it really needs as much support as possible in order for it to be produced!

So take a quick look and if you like what you see, feel free to throw one in your wardrobe.

Thanks!

Andy: I was a “little” late posting this one, but there’s still 5 days to go, and 7 orders needed to put the design into production.

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Can’t bear this shi(r)t by Forsaken Star

by Andy on March 26, 2015



Behind Forsaken Star, it’s Sow, a visual and music addict that loves sharing comics, artworks, sending stickers, listening to loud rock and having fun.

Forsaken Star was born in the beautiful center of France, years ago. It started through a little ambitious character dreaming of big things in my sketchbooks.
My first T-shirt was made after a dream concert in 2012. The render was so amazing and different from my artworks on screen that I immediately wanted to make tons of t-shirts !
So I started by adding tees on TeePublic & spreadshirt.
Then opened the store by the end of 2014. Forsaken has already been on exhibitions, pop-up stores and creators markets.
In march 2015, Forsaken Star is back with a new collection in preorder, including prints and a crazy bear tee : http://forsakenstar.com/produit/cant-bear-this-shirt-preorder/

I also love sharing wallpapers, comics and many things so you can follow Forsaken on facebook, twitter and on our website!

Andy: Not really my style, I can’t really think of a situation in which I’d wear the bear shirt, maybe if I were younger I’d find them more appealing. As ever, real product pics would make these tees a lot more attractive to shoppers than the mockups.

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New Delivery From Milk

by Ben_P on March 23, 2015

Fresh in from the Milk Man. Milk UK have their new line out now!

Coming from our success of our summer14 line we have managed to step up the garments even further in this release, from cut and sew pieces, to experimenting with textures and embellishments. Here is a brief breakdown of the collection:

Script Hood- Since releasing it 2014 and having it sell out in 3 weeks we had to bring this garment back in 2 colourways! (Heather Grey/Black x Mint Choc Chip) The also pullover hoodie features our custom milk bottle drawstring ends which caught a lot of attention last year.

College Dropout Varsity- Our first varsity in Navy/Burgundy. Features an embroidered ‘milk script’ patch along with a textured ‘Drop’ chenille patch, typically seen on varsity jackets.

Lost Boy Crew- A cut and sewn 3 colour crewneck featuring a torso print and contrasting cuffs

Downtown button up: A cut and sewn flannel ‘skater fit’ shirt featuring a contrasting black pocket with a large pocket print.

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Ben : I’m big fan of Milk and have been for a little while now. I’ve actually purchased some of their stuff before and I can say it’s well worth it. The presentation of the delivery and finished product is just awesome. It’s hard to believe that they’re a relatively new brand in the grand scheme of things because their presentation is just spot on. The garments come packaged in old milk cartons which is a cool little touch, and everything features a nice little tag and really ties all of their products together with that professionalism you don’t necessarily see so early on. I’ve actually got one of their early on pocket tees, which while the quality of the shirt wasn’t the best out there, the whole feel of it was still very awesome – However having a chat to Matty over at Milk he assures me their quality has been ramped up a lot!

Anyway on to the actual new release. I’m a personal big fan of the simple Milk hoodie, the font is just awesome and mainly overall I love it for the draw strings (I know such a stupid reason to love a hoodie but who cares). I also particularly like the button up shirt with contrasting pocket, it’s simple and cool and I can see it appealing to a wide range of people. I’m not a huge fan personally of the Missing Crew Neck or the Varsity Jacket personally but that’s just not fitting with my tastes. I love the idea behind the Missing one however and it does make me chuckle but I just wouldn’t wear it (I don’t think I’ve ever worn an actual sweat shirt so I think that’s what puts me off a tad). The Varsity jacket is cool but again I’m letting my personal tastes affect my opinion here I just don’t see myself wearing it, it looks pretty awesome though with the custom patches on the left breast, the Milk drop emblem looks a tad rough around the edges close up on the images but that’s a manufacturing fault and not a reflection really upon their design and it’s only very minor areas where there seems to be a loss of colour.

Overall it’s a very strong lineup and there is sure to be something that will fit most peoples tastes out there, and definitely check out the rest of their products as they have some very well priced clothes! What do you guys think to their new line? Let us know!

 

 

 

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Some handle stress worse than others.. but Anger Management programs prove to be very helpful. Sewing is what our friend Hulk turned to to find the peace he badly needed to release all the tension he accumulated. And living up to his skin color, our big guy’s first creation is all about recycling as he attempts to salvage the unusable trousers he destroyed through all his wardrobe malfunction.

So folks, there is a lesson to learn from all of this. Life is by definition stressful. Find what makes you happy and do it as much as you can. Chill. And let’s not forget to [be green] and recycle as much as we can around you.

100% soft cotton – Unisex – Regular Fit – Silkscreen printed
(Model is wearing Medium size)

Andy: Pretty fun concept, thanks for the submission.

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Working with long-time Astronaut and Founder of the Boxes of Death art show, DuffyLeg, Spacecraft is proud to release a capsule of exclusive art-based product that coincides with the traveling show. After venturing through Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles and most recently, Tokyo, the Boxes of Death 5 tour has come to a close, but lives on through this limited capsule.

Boxes of Death represents an unorthodox artist exhibition that abandons the traditional gallery format and features world-renowned artists. Now in its 5th year, Boxes of Death features 50 artists working within all disciplines, all applying their art to the same canvas — a pinewood coffin — interpreting, working with, and around, preconceived notions of ideas and emotions that surround the coffin shape. Boxes of Death represents a crucial part of the emerging motorcycle, skate, and art culture.

The capsule collection will include one beanie (3 colors), two t-shirts and one art print by Spacecraft Astronaut and tattoo artist/illustrator, Kyler Martz. These items can be found for purchase both through Spacecraft key retailers and on our collection page at spacecraftcollective.com.

Insta: @spacecraftcollective | TW: @SCSnowcat | FB: @spacecraftcollective

Andy: Love that photo in front of the wall of spray cans.

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Fink and Rumy was started by Midwest-based graphic designer Shey Lyon. Her hand-lettered T-shirts create a whimsical cleverness and subtle humor. Frustrated by the lack of ladies’ sizing when it comes to graphic tees, Shey set out to create apparel that she would be proud to wear. Shey’s manifesto is “Do what you love, love what you do and do it in a comfy T-shirt.”

Her loves clean lines, simplicity, bold contrast and vintage signs.

Special 10% off through the end of March by using code: UKQDYWQLD3TV
www.finkandrumy.com

Andy: I really like that ampersand tee, been a while since I’ve seen a good ampersand design after there was a bit of an explosion of them a couple of years ago.

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Raspberry Pi Based Twitter Print Bot

by Ben_P on March 14, 2015

Cor that’s a mouthful. First off… Happy Pi day!

We’ve been informed of quite an interesting creation in celebration of Pi day. For the short and sweet and less nerdy version – essentially these guys have created a system where by you can tweet a photo to a twitter bot and create and design a t-shirt through their creation. If you want to know more indepth of how it was created check out what they’ve had to say at the bottom and definitely head over to their website for more information.

I for one am curious to see how much random stuff they get spammed to their twitter bot, certainly going to be an interesting Pi day for them. I wish them the best of luck because it does seem like an awesome simple process in the same vein as RedBubble, if you’ve got a spare 5 minutes you could create a simple doodle and make a bit of money off it if people buy your shirt!

If you can’t be bothered checking them out, or can’t be bothered reading just send an image to @tshirtplease and wait for a response. Enjoy!

Fashion brand allows customers to control their clothing factory, design and make clothing using a twitter-powered Raspberry Pi

An Eco fashion company has marked #piday by connecting a Raspberry pi to their clothing factory, and customers can control clothing design and production through twitter.

Rapanui, an Award-Winning eco clothing manufacturer from the Isle of Wight has connected a Raspberry Pi (credit card sized computers used in the teaching of basic computer science in school) to their real life factory and is allowing anyone to take control of the t-shirt making process via twitter page @tshirtplease. Rapanui has developed the page to mark #piday: Due to the date’s similarities with the famous mathematical constant, the fourteenth of March (#piday) has become popular for Raspberry Pi related educational events, projects and hackathons.

The @tshirtplease project allows anyone in the world to create a t-shirt at the Rapanui factory by Tweeting an image to @tshirtplease. The Raspberry Pi mini-computer was coded using NodeRed, an IBM software product that was developed to power the Internet of Things. It will tweet the user back a buyable t-shirt that they can save, share with their friends or buy to wear themselves. An IBM employee said this was the first recorded use of NodeRed being used to power a life internet-of-things production system.

Mart Drake-Knight, co-founder and CTO said “We recently developed an API for our factory that allows mobile and web developers to connect their applications to our factory. It’s been inspiring to see how the inspiration of #piday can help accelerate learning and product development.”

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The image on this tee showing a skier bursting through some powder is basically how I imagine myself when I decide that I’ll give snowboarding another go (again), only to face the reality of slowly working my way side to side down a mountain with the arches of my feet in agony, regularly punctuated by falling to my knees to get some relief from the pain. I am fairly sure the best part of a snow holiday is lunch and everyone else is just pretending that it’s fun.

Cool tee though.

Order it now at Concrete Coast for $25, and don’t forget to get your free stickers.

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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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Ink to the People has partnered with Beast from the Northeast to run a campaign around the Boston Marathon. The city of Boston holds a special place in of our hearts, and we wanted to produce something special for this year’s marathon.

We have come up with four unique designs that capture the spirit and passion of the marathon and the city of Boston. Each design is available in a number of different T-shirt options and during the campaign one-third of all sales will be donated to The One Fund Center to benefit victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Order by the end of the month to ensure you have your shirt in time for the marathon.

Check out the collection here: www.inktothepeople.com/nepride

Andy: I’ve never been to Boston so I don’t really have a personal connection to these shirts, but they look nicely done and it’s a good cause.

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In A galaxy far, far away… fanboys and girls clashed about which side is better.
With Paleboys Being a fan of both sides, we decided to unite and bring the two sides together.

These are the t-shirts you’re looking for. Come join some of your favourite geek loves together with Paleboys latest “Spock Wars” Tee.
Now available as both men’s and ladies Tees, on the smoothest and softest t-shirt you’ll ever wear. Made of fine jersey, it has a durable, vintage feel.

So live long and prosper and check them out here: http://paleboys.co.za/product/spock-wars/

Andy: I’ve never really understood why people argue about whether Star Wars or Star Trek is better, as if you’re only allowed to like one of them. I can’t help but feel it’s poor timing to release something Spock related now without any kind of charity angle attached to it.

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New Exciting Brand: SOULSKY

by Andy on March 9, 2015



SOULSKY is a new and vibrant brand started by Ethiopian based designer Semhal Nasreddin. There are 6 t-shirts in this first collection. The t-shirts are colorful and bright, and each one represents a motivational message of empowerment. The t-shirts are very comfortable and made of the highest quality. They come in both men’s and women’s sizes.

Andy: This is almost certainly the first time that an Ethiopian designer has been featured on HYA so that’s really cool, tick another one off the list!

The designs aren’t really to the style that I wear these days but a few years ago these would have been right up my street and they do look nicely done. It’s nice to see a cohesive style running from one shirt to another, so many new brands are all over the place with all the ideas that they’re excited about and end up with a messy looking collection that lacks focus but that’s not the case here.

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