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Say hello to Agent Royale

by Andy on November 1, 2013

I’m not sure if it’s unusual or not since it’s pretty rare that I look at women’s clothing, but those asymmetrical and drop front shirts for the ladies at Agent Royale certainly are interesting, I don’t think I’ve seen anything like that from a new-ish brand, so it’s cool that they aren’t going for standard items from the beginning.

They say that their designs are influenced by 80s and 9-s rock ‘n roll culture and I think that shows with the imagery being used in their designs, there’s lots of wearable stuff in there that I think will appeal to the majority of people. Shirts are possibly a little pricy at $45 each, but considering that they’re clearly custom tees made from organic cotton then it seems a lot more reasonable and if you were in a physical store you’d think it was normal, $45 just leads to a bit of sticker shock online since we’re used to tees below $10 from pop culture sites these days and that’s spoiled us.


nereus clothing

I really like the idea behind this trilogy of shirts from Ontario, Canada based Nereus Clothing, and also that they’ve stuck with the same style for all three illustrations. You can pick up a tee for $20, which is perfectly reasonable for an Ameircan Apparel shirt, and if you’d rather printed posters then you can pick up a set for $25.

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Ambush Apparel release SS12 Collection

by Andy on April 29, 2012

ambush apparel

Can’t say that I’d heard of Ambush Apparel before they got in touch, but they have a polished look that suggests they have more experience than a brand putting out their sophomore release. The logo shirt isn’t particularly expiring, if you’re a fan of Ambush then I’m sure you’ll like it but there’s not a lot there for a newbie such as myself. The other designs are pretty interesting though, and good to see a brand putting out a couple of tank tops in anticipation of Summer, gives me hope that the sun might appear on this chilly British weekend.


everyones a dj t-shirt

I like the way that the guy has an iPad in the promo pic, as I’m sure there are apps out there that do a good job of making anyone who has a few MP3s do a passable impression of a DJ.

Costiness=$27 Buy it at PLB’s store.


Keepon Collective is a new clothing brand out of Vancouver, Canada. Our goal is to develop into more than just a company that you bought a cool shirt from. We want to form relationships with our customers, in hopes of spreading the idea that if there are other like-minded people out there going through tough times, we can each find it within ourselves to conquer obstacles and personal struggles to reach personal success, and ultimately, happiness.This philosophy mainly draws itself from the idea that most people let too many things hold them back in life. Time. Money. Looks. Circumstance. Stereotypes. Doubt. Fear. However, it shouldn’t be these factors that define us, but the attitude with which we respond to such obstacles.

Andy: Unusual to see a brand launch that has a crewneck and a hoodie in the opening release, usually people just have a few tees. Then again, they’re from Vancouver so I doubt it’s really tee weather there at the moment. Good submission and some solid designs, looking forward to seeing the the future brings for these guys.

This post was submitted by Richard Lam.


north vancouver shirt from heated apparel

I haven’t been to Vancouver (of which I assume North Vancouver to be a part of), so I don’t know if it really deserves a a t-shirt or is a place that should be envied, but I do like this design from Heated Apparel, red/black/white is a classic colourway and this has a strong streetwear graphic style to it.

Costiness=$33 (Canadian Dollars) Buy it at Heated Apparel


“Fat Lady Sings” t-shirt by Thinkhead

by Andy on December 20, 2011

when the fat lady sings t-shirt

Thinkhead are a new-ish brand out of Vancouver, and I’ve taken a bit of a shine to this particular design in their store, featuring a rotund lady singing “It ain’t over…”

Costiness=$25 Buy it at Thinkhead


wrongwroks free shipping

Not the best deal of all time ever ever, but worth mentioning neverthless since they are a premium retailer so it’s not that hard to hit the $100 minimum, and this offer is worldwide shipping too.



Vaugh De Heart’s Spring Collection

by Andy on June 7, 2011

vaughn de heart

I am so, so, so late posting this that we might as well be calling it the Vaughn de Heart Summer collection. Most of the items are in the collection of 4 tees and a vest limited to just 25 pieces each, so some sizes have already gone in a few designs, but there are still a couple of designs with the full size range still available.



A hoodie with a horizontal zip?

by Andy on March 22, 2011

sideways zip hoodie by wrongwroks

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a hoodie like this one from Wrongwroks, have you ever seen a hoodie with a zip that goes sideways across the hood?

Not sure that I’d actually want to wear it but there’s no denying that this is an interesting hoodie.

Costiness=$130 Buy it at Wrongwroks


A classy hoody from Undefeated

by Andy on January 16, 2011

undefeated hoody

I know it’s a very simple hoody, but everyone needs to have classics in their wardrobe, and I like the subtle contrast of the wide white draw string and that leather zipper pull is just gorgeous. See, it’s the little things in life that really count.

Costiness=$89 Buy it at Haven


Fear Nothing and Be Fantastic by Split Reason

by Andy on January 12, 2010

I’m not entirely sure why there’s a Lego piece on this tee, which makes me think that there might be more to this than meets the eye, but I still like it nevertheless, even if the type treatment doesn’t look like the original Keep Calm and Carry On design.

Costiness=$17.95 Available from Split Reason


Spider Dress Hoody by Crywolf

by Andy on November 7, 2009




Question: Are women meant to wear a dress hoody like a normal dress, or with a pair of jeans/trousers?

Costiness=CAD$50 Available from Crywolf



If you’re wanting to get a jump on next year’s Halloween festivities (I’ve missed out on Halloween for the past 4 years because of my French adventures) then there would be few better ways to do it than with a tee or two from Akumu Ink. The latest release is the single tee you can see in the pics, dubbed ‘The Ripper’, which it’s probably fair to assume is a design based upon famed serial killer Jack The Ripper. If you like the Akumu style then it’s pretty likely that you’re going to like this design, they have a look tha works and it’s no surprise that they stick to it, especially as there aren’t any other companies out there that I can think of with a similar style.

Also added to their store recently are some package options. You get to pick the tees and/or hoodie in each of the three package options (one package does feature a ‘mystery’ tee), and receive a discount that equates to 10-15% off buying the items individually.



Best. Title. Ever.

In a case of ladies doin’ it for themselves, Rose & Stephanie, who together form the mighty duo of Crywolf, design and hand-silkscreen all the garments in their store, and a mighty fine job they do to. It’s hard to peg these two Torontoites (Torontoans? Torontonians? Torrorizers? People From Toronto?) down to just one style, they tend to jump around a lot from between themes and print styles, so just check out the gallery and you’ll get a better idea what’s going down. Oh, and they’re offering free shipping this month when you sign up to their newsletter.


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The Akumu Ink crew have toned things down a bit for their January release, instead of giving us a full on hit of death, like they usually do, they’ve gone a bit more subtle an are heading down the poison route. Poison kinda scares, it could be absolutely anything (and in China it usually is), you could just be gulping down some OJ and it turns out there’s some poison in it and you were none the wiser. Luckily, not many people live in the plot of a Bond movie, so being purposely poisoned is fairly unlikely… though the tee blogging world is becoming a mighty competitive place…..

I think that this design works much better as a tee than a hoodie, especially with the lower hem print on the shirt compared to the standard middle of the back placement on the hoodie.

Costiness=$21.99 (tee: mens/womens) $48.50 (hoodie: mens/womens)

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To me, the character design on Tokyo Massacre is pretty cute, yes, she’s holding a chainsaw, but at the same time, its a pretty cute style. Maybe I’m starting to get a bit dark if I think that anyone wielding a chainsaw can be cute, please shout at me if the blog starts getting too gothy (“dudes, this glow in the glow in the dark tee would go great with my pentagram necklace, ring, and belt buckle!”).

The second design that Akumu Ink released this month looks like someone decided to put a chess board on your chest with a razor blade, and even gothy old Andy thinks that this may well be a little dark, but I do quite like it. The tee is called Shukketsu, any chance a Japanese speaker in the audience could enlighten us?

Oh, and they promise they’ll have hoodies on sale next month, huzzah!

Akumu Ink


Ok, so you’ve got Cafepress, Zazzle, Spreadshirt, ShirtCity and a whole host of others that I’m forgetting, but you know what Wordans has that the others don’t? They’re Canadian!

I guess I’m being a bit flippant, Wordans do appear to offer a good service, plenty of high quality products, direct to garment printing for regular orders, screen printing for orders of more than 35 tees and the usual ‘design it yourself’ features that you’ve come to expect from the print-on-demand industry. Oh, and their blog is pretty cool too, its not all ‘look at us, look at us, look at us’, its more like ‘look at us, look at our competitors, look what our community did’.



More new tees from Wrongwroks

by Andy on August 5, 2008

Speaking of Canadian labels (although I guess Montreal and Vancouver are very different places), here’s the latest releases from Wrongwroks. The little gallery above shows off their latest offerings, including a couple of tees with NAT on them and a special triple collaboration between wrongwroks, Camilla D’Errico, and Baxbear.

A couple of you commented on my last Wrongwroks post that you were getting a virus warning when you opened the site. I e-mailed them about it and it has since been fixed, but please let me know if the problems persists for you.


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