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bold & the brave organic t-shirts from Newcastle

It’s been mentioned on HYA a few times but I’ll reiterate it, half of my family comes from the North East of England, and the ‘capital’ (which it isn’t, but it is) of the North East is the glorious city of Newcastle, which is where Brave & The Bold hail from, so I was predisposed to like them anyway, but seeing the attention they’ve given to being green and putting out some sharp designs I’m happy to say that I genuinely do like them, which I’m sure is a great relief to you all.

B&TB is a very new brand, launching in that awkward ‘I have no idea what to do with myself’ week that comes between Christmas and New Year. They’ve kicked off with 5 designs printed on 100% organic tees (described as Earth Positive so I’m confident they’re by Continental, and that’s a quality blank) which all follow along the lines of being brave but don’t feel too much like logo shirts, thankfully, thought there are plans in the future to branch out to other garments and accessories. As usual, I would like to see model photos on the product page since that is generally the best way to show off your product, and I know they’ve got some photos like that because I hunted down that model shot at the top on their Facebook page. It’s probably in the works to add more photos to product pages with them being such a young brand, but that’s the thing I’d like to see most from them at the moment.

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Rapanui Summer Collection

The British Summer is fashionably late and Rapanui, an Eco fashion brand has launched some brand new prints just in time.  The prints are made entirely from organic, natural fabrics in a wind-powered factory.  They’re printed by hand in the UK with Phthalate-free inks, which are better for the environment.  I love a good environmentally friendly brand and this whole wind-powered factory thing totally tops the charts! (cept, what happens if there’s no wind? no work that day?  I could dig it.)

Rob, a co-founder of Rapanui contacted us to share some of his favorite new releases.  The whole back-story behind Rapanui and how it came about is really inspiring so if you have a few minutes I’d definitely go check out and click around their website (which is very professional looking I might add).  Co-founders Rob & Martin grew up on the Isle of Wight in Sandown Bay and below is a picture of them.  That in itself should make you head over there and check it out – look at those floating surfboards!  My surfboard doesn’t float on grass like that, but then again I wasn’t born in a place called the Isle of Wight.  New Jersey doesn’t breed floating grass surfboards, only water ones.

Aside from that silliness, these new summer designs are slightly different from their usual prints.  This ones one of Rob’s personal favorites entitled “Wolfpack” and it’s a Women’s scoop neck printed on a white tee.

I’m part of a 2-man wolf-pack and so I could definitely appreciate the name of this tee, though I’m unsure of the whole giant animal head on a t-shirt thing.  I’ve seen a lot of brands doing it with cats lately too and I can’t wrap my head around it, but either way, props to Rapanui for their humorous product description and amazing look-book shots!  The Wolfpack tee is 24.95 Pounds which is approx. $38.71 USD (quite an odd price for a t-shirt).

This next one is called “Heroes” or as Rob described it, “the Iwo Jima Wind Turbine design”!  This one comes in white or grey and also has a pretty inspiring product description.  I like shirts like this that, simply put, look like someone pasted a photograph to the front of a t-shirt.  Done right (as this one is), it can really make for an incredible garment.

Coincidentally, this is priced the same as the Wolfpack tee.  I mean they’re both done in sort of grey tones so I could see how they got that!  If you can’t get with the designs maybe you can appreciate the Wind-Powered Factory? No, alright well check out their site because they do have a lot of good quality items in a variety of styles, some that even I have my eye on – maybe if the price wasn’t so odd.  Either way a lot of hard-work went into these garments being that they’re totally and completely Eco friendly and took a lot of wind to make.

Cost = 24.95 Pounds    Buy Now at Rapanui 


sutsu summer twelve collection Very nice release from team Sutsu as usual, mixing eco-concious materials with strong, bold designs. Whilst I’m not a skateboarder I am interested in this couple of new decks they’ve released because they’re made with bamboo rather than the traditional maple deck, which apparently gives 3″ more ‘pop’, is lighter and stronger than maple, and of course is much better for the planet since bamboo is amazing. Another cool thing is that for every full-priced item bought at Sutsu this season the buyer will receive a native British tree for them to plant and grow, as part of their efforts to bring native species back to Britain after many were cut down in the 19th century for ship-building and rarely were they replaced.

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sutsu winter collection I’m writing this on a Saturday night, as I’m sure you’d imagine I’m not that inclined to be writing about clothes; I was just going to give you guys the press release and leave it, but that would be doing Sutsu a disservice because this latest collection really is very impressive. Still, I’ve got to pad this post out somehow so here’s the press release anyway.

Sutsu was born from a single basic ideal…to create a Naturally Inspired streetwear brand which has a positive commitment to all that it touches.
With the new Sutsu Winter Eleven Collection we took inspiration from the power of nature. A re-interpretation of the Formation from last season,
a re-appearance from best selling Bear tee and a host of new graphics including Captain Wolf, The Eagle, and the Geometrical Mountain Ranges.

The range features the bright colour and bold graphic combo that Sutsu is becoming renowned for. Keeping in trend this season the key colours
for Sutsu are Burgundy and Steel Grey alongside our classics.

It’s cool to see the dedication that Sutsu put into minimising their environmental impact too.

60% of all Cotton garments are Organic. If not Organic then they are Fairtrade and Oeko-Tex farm Standard 100. No surplus paper products used in
production such as hang tags or brochures. All products delivered in recycled boxes. Sutsu aims to be accountable for all aspects of the business
& protective of the environment we use. Skatedecks are Bamboo / Maple Ply. Only UK brand.

Clearly, that’s not greenwashing and I respect them for that, the extra steps they’ve taken suggest that they actually give a damn rather than just going with a trend.

When it comes to the designs, I’m pretty impressed, the real standout for me is the mountain shirt/hoodie, it’s beautifully simple.


dead bury dead henley t-shirt

That title is merely a friendly jibe, I can see the point of a 3/4 length sleeve, I like wearing them, and this is actually a pretty interesting piece of clothing. I don’t find it interesting because of the design, which is fairly standard, but because the item is made of eco-heather, which is an imperfect blend of organic cotton, recycled polyester, and naturally occurring rayon, so you aren’t killing the planet too much by picking one up.

Costiness=$27.99 Buy it at DeadBuryDead (grey/black colourway)

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recycle t-shirt by print liberation

Philly’s finest are at it again, well, finest after Art In The Age, obviously, and this time, they’re saving the planet with a t-shirt that has a bike on it!

The cotton is 100% organic, and the ink is environmentally-friendly too, so you will be even more justified in feeling superior to people when you’re biking around town whilst they’re trying to mow you down in their cars.

Costiness=$22 Buy it at Print Liberation

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organic mens t-shirt by Mongrel Clothing

Something that I’ve tried telling myself at the end of the two England games in the World Cup (and presumably at the end of the one we’re playing right now) is that no matter what happens, it doesn’t really make a difference to my life, I’m not betting on them, and I don’t know anyone playing, so in that respect, and it remains the same for much of the country, we’ll be okay even if the England team having to get an earlier flight home than they expected.

However, I’m not entirely okay with a £40 t-shirt, yes it is a great design, I’d love to wear it, and it’s printed on organic cotton, but £40 is still quite a lot more than I’m prepared to pay for a t-shirt nowadays.

Costiness=£40 Buy it at Mongrel Clothing

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Feel by Blend Apparel [hands-on review]

by Andy on December 12, 2009


As ever, I’m behind on the reviews, but this is a great tee to review, because despite it’s fairly simple appearance, it’s actually really interesting.

You probably recognise the print as being braille, we all recognise those dots, but if you’re anything like me you probably don’t read braille, so you’re just going to have to believe me when I say the text reads “feel” (just as I’m believing Blend Apparel when they tell me that). So that’s a pretty funny visual pun, though the ladies may want to be careful with the perceived invitations it offers, and of course I’d presume that actual blind people would love it.

The print is raised up off the tee too, so it is obviously a pretty thick print so that you can get that effect, but with the dots being not too huge it doesn’t make it feel weird like you’re wearing it, if there was a large black of print this thick it would probably feel like the tee was bullet-proof but you can’t really tell the difference from a regular thin print in this case. I’m just specualting here but is it also possible that a really thick print will stand the test of time better than a thin one, or does it actually make it more likely that you’ll accidentally rip off one of the dots?


The tee is no regular shirt either, as it’s made from bamboo. From what I’ve read bamboo is a much more environmentally friendly way of producing clothing, in fact everything I’ve heard about bamboo makes me wonder why it isn’t used more, anything that can be used as a construction material, food, and clothing, seems crazy to me. So, it’s delicious, but how does it wear? Well, I like it, bamboo t-shirts in general are extremely soft and this version from Blend is no exception. The fit is a little snug, but bamboo tees seem to stretch rather more favourably than a cotton tee, though that may be because bamboo tees usually have less print on them. On that subject, and this is where my lack of technical knowledge comes in, is it harder to print onto a bamboo t-shirt and that’s why bamboo prints tend to be fairly simple?

I’ve always heard that bamboo tees are anti-bacterial, and whilst I can’t think of a way to test that, there’s no reason for me not to believe the claim. I’m not really sure how it would benefit you but I assume it’s no bad thing, perhaps it stops the tee from smelling when you’ve got a bit sweaty, and combined with the comfiness of the tee this could be a great tee for going to the gym in.

Costiness=$24.99 Available from Blend Apparel


Things I like: Tees that use braille

by Andy on November 7, 2009



The braille on this tee spells out the word ‘feel’, how cool is that. Also, it’s printed on a bamboo tee, hurrah!

Costiness=$24.99 Available from Blend Apparel


How to customise & recycle your old t-shirts

by Andy on September 29, 2009


T-shirts have a lifespan, they don’t last forever, they stretch, they fade, they get stained, and sometimes the tees stay the same but the owner changes size, or just changes their taste. This got me thinking, “what do you do with a tee when you don’t want to wear it anymore? (and you don’t want to give them to charity for whatever reason)” I’ve got more than 200 t-shirts in my wardrobe (and out of it, and draped on chairs, and stacked in cupboards, and hanging on racks), and they don’t all fit me now, so I thought I’d hunt around and find out what they devil I could do with all those superflous tees. As it turns out, other people have this problem too, and there are loads of tutorials out there with interesting ideas for how to recycle your t-shirts into something ‘new’.

My server has been crushed under the weight of traffic from my list posts in the past, and one way to try and alleviate the strain is to split an article into pages. This first page of 50 tutorials, projects, and videos doesn’t have any unifying theme to it, it’s just a random collection, some of which are pretty unusual ideas. The rest of the pages have been sorted into groups as they are often different takes on the same idea. Page two has 6 tutorials for turning your old tees into a rug or quilt, and 7 ideas for turning t-shirts into bags, often with the idea of using them as shoping bags, which I’m sure would get you a lot of approving looks at Trader Joe’s. The third page is for those of you that want to refresh and recondition your tees so that they’re still a t-shirt(ish), but with a bit of a customized twist to make you stand out from the crowd. Page four sees your tees becoming skirts and dresses, and I was pretty impressed with a lot of the finished articles on that page. The last page has links to books about reconditioning and recycling your t-shirts, so kind of like this list, except in book form. If I’ve missed something from the list, or you’ve had an idea but can’t find it anywhere online, feel free to share that in your comments. If you have enjoyed this list I would very much appreciate it if you could promote this article in some way, be it via tweet, stumble, delicious bookmark, digg, blog post, or envelopes stuffed with cash being posted to me.


1. How to turn your t-shirts into tees for you dog!


2. [W/M] T-Shirt with a built-in belt.


3. [W/M] Recycled T-Shirt Bracelet.


4. [W] Turning a t-shirt into yoga pants.


5. How to weave t-shirts.


6. [W/M] How to turn yourself into a ninja using a t-shirt.

7. [M] A Threadbanger quickie about making a button down shirt more interesting by sewing a t-shirt design onto the back of it.


8. How to turn a t-shirt into a diaper/nappy.


9. Scarf made of huge blue t-shirt.


10. [W] T-shirt refashioned into a summer top, which is a little bit late for the season, but there’s always next year.

11. How to make yarn out of t-shirts.


12. How to make arm warmers from a t-shirt.


13. [W] How to turn your t-shirt into a pair of underwear. [via Pop Culture Tees]


14. Use a t-shirt as a pillow case. Here’s how it goes: get a pillow, get a t-shirt, put t-shirt over pillow. Done.

15. Recycle a t-shirt into a sexy bikini… yes, she does model it at the end of the vid.


16. You might not need to throw out that old tee after all, this tutorial shows you how to remove cigarette odor from your tees.


17. How to frame a t-shirt (on the cheap).


18. How to turn a t-shirt in to a dress for a toddler.


19. If you’ve got loads of t-shirts going spare, then making a rug might be a good project for you.


20. [W] How to turn a baseball tee into a halter top.


21. [W] How to make a t-shirt cami.

How to make a throw pillow out of a t-shirt.


23. [W] How to make a t-shirt twist. This looks like a good way to freshen up a boring plain tee, cool skirt too!


24. [W] No sew tank top from a tee. This one is worth reading for the adorable hand drawn instructional pictures.


25. How to make a laptop t-shirt case.


26. How to silkscreen your own posters and t-shirts, perfect for spicing up a plain tee.


27. [W] How to reshape a t-shirt that doesn’t fit you anymore.


28. [W] Stylish ways to cut your t-shirt.

29. [W] The Threadbanger crew explains how to make a wedding dress out of t-shirts.


30. Here’s another tutorial about turning your old t-shirts into a scarf.


31. This instructable isn’t about cutting your tees, but storing them, and whilst I don’t think it would be a good solution for my 200+ tee collection, it might be good for keeping a few of your favourites good-as-new.


32. Another tutorial on how to turn you tees into undies with ease!


33. Mod a cute halter top from a t-shirt (I think there might be enough tee>halter top tutes out there for them to have their own page!)

34. DIY Quirky Corset Tee Shirt for Free People Blog


35. Just in case all those other t-shirt to scarf tutorials weren’t to your liking.


36. blog : T-shirt Tunic Swimsuit Cover-up

37. How To Turn an Old T-Shirt Into a Sexy Top. This video contains a surprisingly large amount of cleavage, I guess that’s one way to get guys sewing!


38. Old T-Shirt Headband/Rags. This one probably has my favourite accompanying picture.

39. Hot Topic – Deconstruct a Tee with Elle


40. Big t-shirt to little angel

41. From Plain Tee To Stylish, One Shoulder Tank another vid from Gianny L.

42. How to Customize your t-shirts to look vintage by soaking them in a saline solution. (no pics for that one, sorry)


43. T-shirt to sexy top I could almost include this in the dress category, but it might be a little short for th modest ladies of HYA.


44. How to make an empire cut blouse from a t-shirt.

45. How to cut a t-shirt to be a halter top (yes, another halter top).


46. The T-Shirt Hack (Or: How to revamp an old t-shirt with nothing but scissors)

47. Hot Topic – Deconstruct a Tee with Elle


48. Guess what, it’s another t-shirt to halter top tutorial.

49. Here’s a a summery t-shirt recon from the Threadbanger team.


50. How To » Low Cut, Empire Waist, Halter Top from an old t-shirt.

On the second page of this article you will find 6 ways to turn your excess tees into a rug or quilt, and 7 tutorials explaining how to turn your tees into bags.


Sweet Skins Pocket Hoodie at

by Andy on September 23, 2009

Sweet Skins Pocket Hoodie at - Sweet Skins Hemp and Organic Cotton Hoodie - Sweet Skins Women's Hoodie in Wood_1253644581512

Looking at this tee you’re probably not immediately blown away, sure, it looks pretty nice, but where’s it’s zazz? Well, what if I told you that this hoodie is made from 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton… yeah, you’re right, that ain’t zazz, but at least it’s helping to save the planet!

Costiness=$60 Available from


Corsair Class by Omnitarian at Fair & Bare

by Andy on September 22, 2009

Corsair Class by Omnitarian - Fair & Bare T-Shirts_1253535375559

I don’t really know how I missed International Talk Like A Pirate Day, I’m young, I should know about these things, but I missed it. Still, you could always buy this tee and wear it next year.

Costiness=£16 Available from Fair & Bare


It’s all new at Artefacture

by Andy on July 8, 2009


Artefacture (who we last saw on the beach in France last year) have just launched a whole new site, new range of tees (don’t worry, the old stuff is still there), and they’re now printing solely onto organic cotton tees which were created under fair trade and sustainable conditions. Yes, you get the same great, simple designs with all the benefits of buzzwords!


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In their own words:

The label is called Curious Tales and it combines my love of
storytelling, fashion and the environment. (I also do upcycled clothes
and they were the inspiration for the stories, I started wondering
about who had worn the clothes before and started writing about them!)

All the tees feature scribbly drawings and the start of a story about
a weird character. On some of the men’s tees there’s a scribbly
headless body printed on the front so you become the character as soon
as you put it on.

They’re interactive as well, because you can get creative and continue
the tale yourself, uploading endings to the tale on the website.

Check them out at

Because I’m a boring old cynic I don’t really buy into all this ‘tales’ business, no matter how whimsical they might be, but I do like the hand drawn designs, and the tees being made of organic cotton or bamboo is a plus as well (I’m so into bamboo tees at the moment, really soft, great for summer). Curious Tales don’t just do tees either, they’ve got a whole load of accessories too.

From now until July 10th you guys can enjoy a very generous 25% off your order by entering the coupon code hideyourarms at the checkout, which is nice.

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Teecycle takes the Pepsi Challenge

by Andy on June 11, 2009

I *think* this is Teecycle Tim

This might be Teecycle Tim, or it could be one of his friends from a photoshoot.

Okay, not that Pepsi Challenge (that post would indicate a slow news day), but rather PepsiCo’s “What’s Your Pitch?” contest. Teecycle, for those of you that are unaware, is a site that sells cool second-hand tees, and gives $1 from each sale to the River Revitalization Foundation, a Milwaukee based organisation, and the tees are only $7 to start with, so it’s not a token gesture. Clearly, Pepsi liked this (and why wouldn’t they?), and awarded Tim, Teecycle’s founder, a grant of $4,500 to keep on doing his good work. Tim hopes to use the grant to launch a line of tees by local artists, and has other plans for the future as well, such as a documentary about ethical clothing.

Find out more here.


Say Hello (again) to 302 Designs

by Andy on December 5, 2008

I know we’ve talked about 302 Designs a few times in the past, but it’s been so long, and they’ve change so much, that it almost feels as if we’re meeting 302 Designs for the first time again.

I may not have heard much from them, but they’re actually getting seen by many more people than ever before after signing a deal to have their tees put into Whole Foods stores. As you’d imagine, that took up quite a lot of their time, and they ended up with abosultely nothing available in their online store, everything sold out. They’ve rectified that situation and done a major restock in time for the holidays, so if you’re in the mood for a sweatshop-free, organic t-shirt, pop on by and check them out (or look at the gallery, where I’ve included almost all of their designs).

302 Designs

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Say Hello to Ink Hound

by Andy on November 17, 2008

Are you aware of this? There are t-shirt websites where people submit their ‘designs’ and then there is a ‘competition’ in which people vote, and the winners have their design produced, gaining fame and fortune in the process? Crazy, I can’t believe no one thought of it before.

Ink Hound set themselves apart in a number of ways. They offer fitted hats as well as t-shirts (I’m sure there’s a hat design competition out there, anyone remember it?). A new design goes on sale every 2-3 days, the artist earns $2 per sale, and once it has sold out, its gone, and the rights to the artwork go back to the designer. They’re using organic soy-based inks and organic tees too. Ink Hound seem to be ticking all the boxes don’t they? Oh, and they give a portion of each sale to charity too.

Ink Hound

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Artevist is a community where artists can come together to share their ideas on BIG issues and create wearable art with meaning and purpose. The BIG issues can be local or global (everything is related) and they can span themes such as: AIDS, climate change, consumerism, extinction, human rights and pollution. It’s also a place where nonprofit organizations and artists meet, and produce work that helps spread their message to a larger audience.

I can’t decide if these guys are new or not, because I am 100% sure that I’ve seen Ian Leino’s bicycle design (the red tee) before, but they say that they’ve just launched. Who knows, I guess it doesn’t matter whilst there’s activism to be getting on with.



The funny thing about this tee is that its not just worn by Local Celebrities, its worn by actual celebrities, like Hayden Panettiere, American Idol winner (right?) carrie Underwood, Spencer Pratt, Stacey Keibler, Andrew Bowness, and many more. Fair enough, after Hayden Panettiere that list is hardly filled with global megastars (though Pratt may have a good year in 2010 – the year of the douchebag), but its fair to say that when you’re wearing this tee then it does come with some genuine bonafide celebrity credibility.

This tee isn’t a case of green-washing either, I had wrongly presumed that since the rest of the Local Celebrity catalogue was made up of tees that you’re more likely to find in a frat house than a drum circle that this design would have its heart in the right place, but basically just be a regular t-shirt. Happily, I’m very wrong, the tee itself is organic, and proceeds from the tee (I’m not sure how much per sale) go to a charity called Global Green USA, who are apparently Hollywood’s favourite green organisation, and celebrities are always harping on about how much they do for the environment, so Global Green must be good!

As I mentioned in the last paragraph this tee isn’t like the many, many other Local Celebrity tees that I’ve reviewed over the past few weeks (and last year), its organic, which is nice, but it feels exactly the same as a regular tee from LC. I think that’s a good thing, it helps the planet in a small way (or harms it less, at least), and has pretty much no impact upon the feel and longevity of the shirt, everybody wins!

Costiness=$28 Men buy it here/Women buy it here


The 11th Hour by Obey at Karmaloop

by Andy on August 15, 2008

Gee, I haven’t posted anything from Karmaloop, have I?

Just from the name of the design it may be the case that a lot of you know what this tee is all about… the environment. Obey seem to be fairly involved with the 11th Hour Action group, the same group that brought us the Leonardo DiCaprio fronted The 11th Hour documentary last year, and this tee seems to be their way of promoting the group and the values that it represents.

Of course, the design is classic Shepard Fairey, although I would point out that the hands on the clock don’t actually seem to be pointing at 11 o’clock.

Costiness=$28 Buy the tee at Karmaloop


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