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It’s not going to take a genius to work out which design I’m talking about in the title, but I think it would be unfair to suggest that Overthose are unnecessarily trying to court controversy when you look at their other designs, which are all pretty interesting. Possibly a touch pricey at €30 per t-shirt, but clothing is expensive in Germany, and they are printing the shirts themselves one-by-one so that goes part way to helping justify the premium price.

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t-shirt day 2010

I was lucky enough to be invited to T-shirt Day 2009 in Berlin and I had a really great time, meeting people that loved t-shirts and the Spreadshirt/LaFraise team, and from the looks of things the events planned for 2010 are going to be even better on June 21st 2010.

Tshirt Day events are being held bars in Berlin, Boston and New York will be following a similar format to last year with the Open Runway taking centre stage (literally), meaning if you turn up wearing a t-shirt (and why wouldn’t you?) you can join me in the “dubious claims club” by saying you’re a clothing model, because anyone can go down the Open Runway, that’s why it’s open. You are also encouraged to set up your own events.

There is also a competition to win “a year of t-shirts” which works out to 52 shirts, coming from Spreadshirt and laFraise. The winner will be crowd as the T-shirt Fan of 2010. How do you win? You just have to show them how much you love t-shirts, and presumably it’s going to have to be a lot to stand a chance of winning, but I like how open this competition is, there are so many possibilities for fun entires. Find out a lot more about how to enter at this page.

Are any of you guys planning on heading to any of the events? If so, take pictures and let me know about them, I want to hear about what goes down since I can’t be there this time around.

T-shirt Day

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Kopie Kopie Hoodie by TEAM BRÛLÉ BERLIN

by Andy on January 19, 2010


It’s simple, but I think it works, though it’s hardly likely to have a slimming effect. They call it a ‘hooded dress’ on the product page, but it’s clearly a regular hoodie, so I think something has got lost in translation.

Costiness=€69 Available from Shop Windoz

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I don’t really know what all this text is meant to mean, but it certainly looks like a cool tee.

Costiness=€32 Available from Ongaku

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4 New Tees at Allmightys

by Andy on June 29, 2009

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One brand that it would have been nice to see in Berlin at T-Shirt Day (since it’s where they hail from) is Allmightys. They seem to have been a bit quiet recently which is unfortunate because when they release tees you can usually expect them to be of a very high standard, so I wish they’d release them more often!

The four tees above were all winners in their recent ‘Underwater’ themed contest. In the future Allmightys are switching from the themed competitions to a more straight-forward standard design competition that will be an open call for designs. For me this takes away part of what makes Allmightys special, I can understand why it has been done because as soon as you give something a theme you alienate some designers, but the themes were something different from what everyone else was doing (as a main part of their contest). Still, if it produces good designs then I won’t complain again.

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T-Shirt Day 2009 in Berlin

by Andy on June 26, 2009

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This past weekend I went to Berlin to take part in the International T-Shirt Day celebrations being hosted by Spreadshirt in the city. I realise exactly how crazy that sounds, but let’s be honest, if you have a good excuse to go to Berlin, you’re going to go to Berlin, right?

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I’ll spare you the holiday snaps I took of the many, many, incredible architectural and historical sites (walk in any direction in Berlin and you’ll find something interesting, it’s a great city), and we’ll focus on what I was actually there to do, report on T-Shirt Day celebrations… and be a model on the Open Runway. Oh yes my friends, on June 21st I became the world’s least professional and most clueless model.

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The event was held at the Kaiserstein bar and restaurant in the Kreuzberg area of Berlin, and there was a decent-sized turnout for the event, with lots of teeple meeting and mingling, I must admit that other than Spreadshirt & laFraise (the event hosts) the only brand I recognised was Silberfischer, though the quality of tees being exhibited by the other brands was impressive. Speaking of teeple that you guys will recognise, I met Adam from Tee Junction, who had done a lot of good work promoting the lead up to t-shirt day by organising lots of competitions and getting lots of companies to have special one day coupons on T-Shirt Day. I also met Spreadshirt CEO Jana Eggers (and her husband Evan, who isn’t in the tee business, but was a great guy so he deserves a mention), who chastised me for having the audacity to wear a Design By Humans tee to the event, but I must say was very nice, how on earth she manages to be CEO and have the energy to participate in triathlons I have no idea, but then again I did consider the walk from the U-Bahn station to the event as my day’s exercise, so I’m probably not the best person to judge.

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After some chatter it was time for the main event, the open runway. Despite all 60 spots for the runway being claimed on the T-Shirt Day website, there were actually 34 brands/groups represented, but with some brands showing off multiple tees with multiple models, the show was probably as long as it needed to be to ensure that people didn’t lose interest. With me going 8th people were still happy to clap, and there may have even been a small cheer when I took off my jacket and threw it over my shoulder as if we’d time-warped back to the 80s, but I would imagine that by brand 50 people would have been a bit bored even if the models were covered in fireworks. I can’t really remember that many of the brand names that were involved, so my apologies for the lack of detail to go with the captions of these photos.

These two totally worked the runway, they both started out wearing tees and stripped down to the vests, hot stuff!

These two totally worked the runway, they both started out wearing tees and stripped down to the vests, hot stuff!

You can't really see the tee, but this is one of my favourite photos from the day.

You can't really see the tee, but this is one of my favourite photos from the day.

That's me! Click on the picture to see more pictures of the event taken by stylespion

That's me! Click on the picture to see more pictures of the event taken by stylespion

You probably recognise this model from LaFraise... she's cute.

You probably recognise this model from LaFraise... she's cute.

You probably recognise this guy from LaFraise shoots as well.

You probably recognise this guy from LaFraise shoots as well.

Jana, Evan, and Eike hit the runway together

Jana, Evan, and Eike hit the runway together

I really like this picture, great tee too, if only I knew where it came from

I really like this picture, great tee too, if only I knew where it came from

Doesn't matter what you're wearing, you'll get a good reaction with a baby.

Doesn't matter what you're wearing, you'll get a good reaction with a baby.

As you can probably see from a lot of the photos, there were a lot of photographers and some video/TV people at the end of the runway, which made me feel rather more like a model than just some guy walking on a carpet whilst people looked at him. In short, despite having no clue what I was doing, it was damn fun. I got the feeling that everyone else had a good time too, which is exactly how it should be at an event like this, you don’t need people pulling Blue Steel at the end of the runway, or models that believe smiling and currywurst are crimes, you just need people to have fun, and I think that Spreadshirt did a good job of making sure that happened.

After the runway there was further mingling and chat, and yes, some more beer (I do have a rockstar blogger image to maintain). There were also a couple of racks of LaFraise and Spreadshirt tees up for grabs. Adam and I decided that if you were giving away free t-shirts in England that the ensuing scrum for freebies would result in arguments, fights and probably some guys turning up with a van and just taking the whole rack, but apparently things happen differently in Germany, because people actually looked over the merchandise properly before taking it, and there were even some shirts left at the end of the event… perhaps the public hadn’t quite grasped the concept of ‘free’. I had a thoroughly excellent time at T-Shirt Day ’09 in Berlin, so big thanks to the Spreadshirt and LaFraise teams for putting the whole event together and doing such a good job, specifically to Ami at Spreadshirt for helping to organise getting me there, and to Adam for saying “hey Andy, you should come to Berlin for T-Shirt Day.”

LOTS more photos in the gallery.
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HYA is going to Berlin for T-Shirt Day

by Andy on June 20, 2009

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The globe-trotting adventures of Andrew Bowness (… me!) are continuing this weekend as I head to Berlin for T-Shirt Day festivities tomorrow. I’m really looking forward to meeting plenty of new teeple at the event, and I know this is a long shot, but if any HYAers out there are in Berlin this weekend (and I get the feeling that there might be judging by the site’s stats), you should come on down to the event, it should be fun, and if you do, make sure to say “hi!”

Don’t expect any fresh posts until the second half of next week.

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ZickZack by Yackfou

by Andy on August 7, 2008


Here’s a fun take on a pattern print from the Berliners at Yackfou, and as part of their summer sale season its reduced in price until August 12th. Every week they’re taking a couple of items from their store and putting them on sale, so check back each week if there’s something you’ve had your eye on but weren’t quite willing to part with your cash for.

Costiness=€39.90 hoodie Link

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Scribtee’s Summer Sale (sssss)

by Andy on August 6, 2008


The summer sales just keep on coming, don’t they, forcing me to spend my days indoors writing about sales rather than going outside to enjoy the summer, oh the damned irony!

Scribtee are the latest brand to get in on the act, by offering 8 of their older designs (I think they were the first 8 released when the shop was launched) for the rather reasonable price of $15/€15/£10. If you need reminding about this Berlin-based design competition, here’s my review from November last year.

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Keep it simple with Violent Elegance

by Andy on July 28, 2008


Violent Elegance released a couple of new designs called, appropriately enough, Skull and Pyramid, which I figure is because one of the tees has a skull on it (with Mickey ears? scandalous!) and the other two have a pyramid on them. I like the way that they keep it simple (hey, that’s from the title!) and minimalist, especially with the black-on-black and white-on-white colourways.

All Violent Elegance tees are €32, which is a fairly premium price, but that does include worldwide shipping.

Violent Elegance

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Yackfou’s new store in Berlin

Shirtspotting headed down to Yackfou‘s store on opening day to take advantage of that special 50% off one-day sale, and also to snap a few pictures. Google Translate hasn’t done a particularly good job in letting us non-German speakers understand what Markus is actually saying, but from what I can tell, he likes it.Click on through for more pictures.

Yackfou Shop Opening @ Shirtspotting (Google Tanslated) (Original German version)

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Yackfou open a shop? Wunderbar!

by Andy on June 30, 2008

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Do you remember Yackfou? They’re a bunch of Berliners who produce clothes that have a touch of awesome about them, and now you don’t just have to buy those clothes online, you can buy them in their shop (yes, a real shop, with windows and stuff).Well, not quite yet, the shop, located on the Boxhagener Platz, Friedrichshain, in the centre of Berlin, doesn’t actually open until July 5th, and when it does, Berliners, you’re gonna want to head down. On the opening day, everything in the shop is going to have 50% off, which certainly isn’t a price cut to be sniffed at (whatever that means). They’ll also be selling prototype and sample pieces in the shop, which is nice.

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Neu tees at Human Empire

by Andy on May 29, 2008

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(click on the image to view larger)Human Empires webshop has been updated with 9 new cotton-based offerings of the short-sleeved variety. Three of them are Human Empire originals (middle row of picture), three are from perennial HYA favourites Concrete Hermit (bottom row), and the final three (top row) are by Berlin-based label Violent Elegance.

Human Empire

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Ucon are hungry for new tees

by Andy on May 21, 2008

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Ucon, who came to our attention a few weeks back and I’m happy to be featuring them again with a new line of food-themed tees and a great photoshoot to go with them (which explains why I put so many pics at the top of this post).

There’s three colourful designs in the mini-collection, involving donuts, ice lollies and watermelon, or as I like to call them, two things I feel guilty about eating and one that I don’t.

They’re all €29.95 and all in stock at the Ucon shop at the moment.

Ucon Acrobatics

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The Arrow St Hood by Ucon

by Andy on April 29, 2008

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You can always spot a continental European streetwear company a mile off, can’t you? They just have a certain look and style, usually pretty simple styling, which somehow manages to be both loud and subdued at the same time, even though that is a complete oxymoron. Ucon, a Berlin-based streetwear label, are more on the subdued end of things, focusing more upon high-quality designs rather than something that shows that wearer to be craving attention. This hoodie for example, it’s simple, just two colours and a bit of striping for interest, but I like it, I’d like to wear it with a bright t-shirt underneath, a bright t-shirt that shows that I crave attention (now who’s an oxymoron!).Costiness=€69.95 Link

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