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HYA goes to Margin’s August 2013 Edition

by Andy on August 14, 2013


I’ve always enjoyed my trips down to Margin, and not just because it provides me with a good excuse to visit London for a night. HYA may have quite a large blogging team, but it’s not like we’re all sat in an office together, so it’s actually pretty rare for me to be able to get out there and talk face to face with brands and designers and I really get a buzz out of that, as well as uncovering new brands to talk about on the blog. Margin is a bit special in that is is one of the few (only?) tradeshows out there that caters to new and emerging brands, so the show is often the first experience that some of the brands have with a tradeshow environment, and I think that a lot of the brands also got to spend time talking and learning from each other, which is really cool, it makes me wonder if something like a indie brand conference with tutorials and workshops would be a good event for UK brands.

For this show Margin had made the move up to the Hilton hotel up in Kensington near Olympia (where the Pure tradeshow was being held on that same day), and I do like the space, it was big, light and airy, and the air conditioning certainly was welcome. There was the usual mix of brands at the show, some tees, some bags, some womenswear, and some stuff that would only be worn by people far more fashionable than me (which is a good thing, I liked that there was items totally foreign to me). This post is just going to serve as a general overview of the show with a few quick introductions for brands, and I’ll be going in-depth over the next few weeks as I mix show reports with regular HYA posts.

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Urban Market on Brick Lane April 7th

by Andy on March 29, 2013


Freshly Made got in touch a while back and I was quite excited about the event (even though I can’t go since I live 300 miles away and happen to be in Amsterdam that weekend) but for some reason to forgot to post about, whoops!

They originally contacted HYA to ask if any of you guys would be interested in having a stall at the event (for just £55, which seems like a decent deal to me), but with us being quite close to it now it might be fully booked (though it’s probably worth contacting them if you’re interested). Still, it looks like a lot of fun, one of those things that makes me wish that the Lake District was a bit closer to London.

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Post image for Mayamada’s Summer tees and release party recap






I don’t think anyone from Team HYAs London contingent managed to make it to the Mayamada release party held in a frozen yoghurt shop in Covent Garden, and it looks like they missed out on a good time if the video above is to be believed (and the pictures too). Looking at their shop I think that they’ve released four new shirts, and they also have a waiting list set up for the release of a very nice looking snapback hat. Looks like things are on the up for Mayamada.

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mayamada release party

Mayamada are having a release party for their first season of tees, and they’re holding it in an unusual location, a frozen yoghurt shop called Tutti Frutti in Covent Garden, London. There will be music and a pop-up shop, so head on down if you’re in the area on July 20th. Of course, the vast majority of HYA readers won’t be in London on July 20th, but they have something for the rest of you out there, 25% off everything in store from now until July 21st with the coupon code FROZENTEES.

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T-shirt News for February 22nd

by Andy on February 22, 2012

hellboy elmo t-shirt

I get the feeling that this Hellboy x Elmo mashup is going to do quite well at TeeFury.


What a delightfully cute cooking shirt at Shirt.Woot today.


Awesome Mario shirt at RIPT today.
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Daily T-shirt Roundup for January 9th

by Andy on January 9, 2012

sloth goonies t-shirt

I’m not too excited by the Sloth & Crossbones Goonies shirt at TeeFury today, you?


Very cute illustration style on this Shirt.Woot tee, maybe this shirt will perk you up to stick with your New Year’s resolutions?


Not the kind of Star Wars t-shirt that I’d wear, but a pretty cool concept from RIPT nonetheless.


Can anyone explain to me why The Yetee are describing this felines as pizzacats?


Very cool Fantastic Mr. Fox inspired t-shirt at Shirt Punch today.


GraphicLab have a shirt that is a little lost on me, it’s a mashup of The Impossible Man from the Marvel universe and Magnitude from Community.


Star Trek inspired visual pun from TeeMinus24 today.


I’m fairly sure that this TeeRaiders design is the first Warehouse 13 shirt that I’ve seen.


Stupidhurts.us give this well worn phrase another run out.


OtherTees have a Doctor Who shirt that I’m sure I’ve seen before.


Qwertee make a connection between Portal and zombies.


We don’t have Fresca over here in the UK, so this 24tee shirt is wasted on me.


Cool new shirt at DBH today.



There’s a couple of new shirts up on pre-order at Goodjoe.


Loviu reiterate their ‘barbie is a slut’ stance.


Tilteed have their boomerang-based design up again.


Catch of the Day Tee have nothing for us, again.


Tee Gazette has an update on the Boston Tee Party event being held in the summer.


I saw this t-shirt on Flickr months ago and it’s taken me until now to remember to post it.

Co-Tee TV Episode 88: Moustardche, Javaboi Industries, and Hot Dogs from Coty Gonzales on Vimeo.

Coty has a new episode of Co-Tee TV up, featuring Moustardache, Javaboi Industries, and Hot Dogs.


The selection process may have been unscientific, but it’s nice to see HYA at the top (the position may or may not mean anything) of this list of the “21 Most Important t-shirt blogs of 2011.”


Tee Hunter take a look at the A Bathing Ape x Star Wars collection.


Fuel Your Creativity have an article about starting a clothing line with no money. It does make it all seems a little easy in my eyes, but there are worse stepping off points.


Here’s another t-shirt from PalmerCash I bookmarked ages ago but never got around to posting about.


2sickbastards have got up to 50% off their art prints until January 13th.


Snapback hats are now in store at Glamour Kills.


Did you know that howies was part of Timberland? I say was because as of the start of this year they bought themselves out and are now an independent business again.


Terratag‘s up to 50% off sale has hit it’s final week, ends on Friday.

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Renegade Craft Fair London 2011 Recap

by Andy on October 19, 2011

Hide Your Arms at the Renegade Craft Fair

As mentioned last week, I was lucky enough to go down to London last weekend for my birthday courtesy of my wonderful girlfriend. Of course, being the clever sort she is, she’d picked London because she knew that would give us an opportunity to check out the Renegade Craft Fair‘s first ever trip to foreign shores.

There were lots and lots of stalls there (about 80 I think), so this post won’t be covering all of them, but I’ll mention tee folk and a few other interesting finds. If you were there and I’ve not mentioned you, please don’t be offended!


We visited on the Saturday (stuff could be sold out by Sunday!) and when we arrived around 12:30 at the Old Truman Brewery there was already a decent crowd of people milling around the various stalls and there wasn’t a spare seat at The Make Lounge, so Liz and I would have to wait until another day to learn about the magic of felting. The craft workshops were certainly a good idea for getting people involved, and also keeping kids entertained whilst their parents wandered around looking at all the goods. They were such a good idea that I completely forgot to take a picture of them. Just try and imagine grown adults sat at a long table poking at bits of felt in an old brewery and you’re halfway there.


The first tee related people I spotted were Hiho Batik, an American brand who make t-shirts for kids and babies using the Batik method. I don’t have much experience with batik so it was cool to get a good look at this little-used (in the world of t-shirts) printing technique. Their stand did appear to be slightly abandoned though, I couldn’t see the owners anywhere, which may or may not have been something to do with us visiting at lunchtime.


When you see a woman painting a fish you have to stop for a minute, because chances are something interesting is going to happen. This lady (I like to call her ‘The Fish lady’, but in reality she is Deborah Whitey) paints fish and then covers them in cloth which she then pats down creating prints that are surprisingly beautiful.



Mustache’s are still popular for some reason, and Liz couldn’t help but give this felt mustache topped pencil a go (as many people around the stall were doing). According to the map this was the work of Stitch and Make Studio.


As she created the flyer for the whole event, it’s no surprise that Kate Sutton was exhibiting her artwork. They actually seemed a little taken back when Liz asked to buy one of the alpaca prints (you can see it on the right in the photo), perhaps it had been a slow day sales-wise so far. They gave Liz a tote bag for free to carry the poster in, which she was delighted about, it’s things like that to improve the whole shopping experience, much nicer than an anonymous plastic bag (or no bag at all, as was the case with many vendors).


This lady is Jess Quinn, she creates one-of-a-kind soft sculptures. I didn’t spend too much time checking out her stuff since dolls aren’t really my area of expertise, but everything looked well made and I could see that if it were my kind of thing, I’d have been all over it (know what I mean?). She was also the first person I asked if I could take a photo of, everyone at the show was very welcoming on me taking photos, which was usually a good way of segueing into explaining about HYA and that I wasn’t just some random guy with a camera.


Two Rabbits were making there first appearance in the UK. I’m on their mailing list and had followed them for a while so it was cool to see their stuff in person. I picked up one of their logo prints since I wasn’t into any of the bands the artwork was about. I guess that you don’t have to like a band that’s on a poster when you like the artwork/designer, but it would be a bit disingenuous to have a Danzig poster on my wall when I’ve never listened to Danzig.


Gotta love someone that calls their brand Miso Funky.



Fairly sure that Diane (aka Lekker Haas) was the most patient person at the whole show, I don’t know if I’d be able to bring myself to hand-cut a map of London (and various other locations). Really cool stuff.



I really like Kevin Tong‘s work, so I picked up one of his Rushmore prints (the red & blue print on the upper right of the print-board photo). He was gracious enough to pretend to know what Hide Your Arms is when I introduced myself (this happened at least twice, thankfully my ego can handle it), and seemed like an awfully nice fellow. His t-shirts looked good quality too, the irony of Renegade for me is that one of the primary reasons for visiting is that there would be some t-shirt people there, but I had no intention of buying shirts since I have more than I know what to do with anyway.


Antigraphic had some really bold posters tucked away in a corner of the exhibiting space.



John Vogl (aka The Bungaloo) was the second nice American of the day to pretend he knew what HYA was. I though that with him having so many cool shirts on display that I should know who he was, but it turns out he’s mostly a print illustrator so I didn’t feel like I’d lost my touch that much. Definitely a site worth checking out, I think his work is very HYA-friendly. Also, he allowed you to take 1 sticker for free, but two cost £700, something tells me he’s had people taking bunches of stickers in the past, people don’t seem to realise that it costs money to print stickers.


The Pink Pom-Pom Project is something that had I only read about it on the internet I would have probably described as being something pointless to do with hippies (they help support people suffering from cancer by using crafting as a form of therapy), but the guy running it seemed so nice that instead of people the usual cynic that I am I was totally on board. These guys aren’t pretending to cure cancer with craft, they’re making people in a very tough situation feel better, and that is a noble mission.


Apologies to Pop Corny for a photo that doesn’t do them justice, by this point in the day we were getting late meeting a friend for lunch so things got a bit hurried. Really cool style to Katie Mac’s artwork, she has a couple of tee designs on her blog, but I think that a lot more of her artwork would be suited to tees, hopefully that side of her work will expand.


We all know that I’m the wrong man to talk about jewelry, but I really liked the way that Mr. Nico displayed their necklaces, very original.


Bree,ree were showing some very impressive silk screened posters, had I not already bought something from Two Rabbits and Kevin Tong I would have probably picked something up, but my walls are already full, unfortunately.


Fabric Horse had come over from Philadelphia to show their range of modular bags that would be of a lot of use to cyclists (as well as other bags/wallets/holsters). I don’t bike, so the appeal was quite limited to me, but their stuff was cool, and they were from Philly, so I liked them.


This was seriously cool, it’s the Magic Wallet by Magic Industrie. This guy makes various items (wallets, bracelets, and buttons) out of abandoned books to give them a new life. He demoed one of his magic wallets for us and I got a quick video of Liz using it, I’m sure it’s a very simple trick, but it had us impressed!


Joy Nevada, make cute shirts for kids and babies. They made me think that maybe I should be covering that market more, but I don’t really know if a lot of parents read this site, let me know in the comments if you’re a parent!


These two people were lovely, I feel it’s importnant to point out that there was two people because one of them is hiding behind their stand in this photo. Honksville make a few t-shirts (mustache-related), but mostly I see them as a ‘stuffed cute things’ type of company. All very cute, I’m possibly a little old and male for it, but still very likeable.


I can’t remember who these guys were, but I really liked the way that their stand had fake grass on it.


Can’t remember who makes these (note to self: take wide shots including the name of the stallholder next time), but they were cool in an ‘ugly dolls’ kind of way.



This was cool, Natalie Turturo (aka Being Natalie) created 60 miniature paintings especially for the show (I think), but the thing that caught our eyes the most was the long one line drawing, in which everyone was invited to participate. I declined since there’s a reason I write about t-shirts instead of trying to make designs myself, but it was definitely an interesting way to get people interested in your stand and get people interacting.


These guys are called Robin & Mould, I really liked their artwork and especially those owl cushions, I could definitely see those sprucing up the tatty couch that I have in the office.




I finally got to meet Claire from Tee and Toast, who had made the trip over from Northern Ireland. It’s funny meeting someone that you’ve known on the internet for years, especially since I have sent Claire a signed photo of myself (just one of many wonderful things you get when you win a HYA competition), but she was lovely and friendly, and doing a good trade from what I could tell with the frequent breaks in our conversation to serve another interested customer. It was good to finally see some her of stuff ‘for real’ too, since I’ve spent the best part of half a decade seeing it digitally.




HYA advertisers and all-round good guys Fuzzy Ink also made the trip across the pond. They’re no strangers to craft shows but this was the first time that they ventured outside the US, they too had a steady stream of visitors to their stand whilst I was chatting away to the twins, and hopefully over the weekend those visitors translated into enough sales to justify the trip, because I’m sure coming to the UK was a big outlay for all the foreign brands involved and I applaud them for taking the chance and coming here. It was good to talk shop with Fuzzy Ink even though I’m sure Liz and our lunch companion Clare had get a bit bored by now, they’re clearly really proud of their partnership with the Movember, and it was interesting to hear about how they want to move the brand forward. Just as I was about to leave a lady handed me a straw with a mustache attached to it (hmmm, what’s in fashion at the moment, eh?), so naturally me, Liz and Clare had to have fun with it.

Like I said earlier, even with this article being as long as it is (about 2000 words), I have missed a lot of exhibitors, the amount of handmade jewelry there was very impressive, so this was a pretty big event (though I’m told the American ones can be 4 times the size), I was there for an hour and a half and still felt like I rushed things a bit.

I really enjoyed Renegade and I’m glad that my birthday trip just happened to coincide with it. Hopefully it was enough of a success to persuade Renegade to come back again or possibly to encourage more events like it around the UK because I feel like we are missing an entity like Renegade in the UK that is able to unify groups of crafters and hold events around the country under a recognisable brand name.

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