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the ultimate guide to t-shirts

You Design it have taken it upon themselves to create an attractive and authoritative guide to t-shirts, covering their history, styles, weights, and printing techniques. I’m sure some of it will be old hat to some of you, but it’s still very nicely put together and well worth taking a look.

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T-shirt news for January 26th

by Andy on January 26, 2012

star wars argyle t-shirt

Very nice argyle Star Wars t-shirt today at TeeFury.


Seems to me like this is the kind of design that Shirt.Woot should have been selling in the run up to Christmas.


RIPT drop a Milton Glaser-inspired Doctor Who t-shirt.


Harry Potter Muggle Ale shirt at Qwertee.


Those troublesome Tribbles are at Shirt Punch today.


Skyrim is the inspiration for this Nowhere Bad shirt.


I have no idea what the inspiration is for this design at The Yetee.


Star Wars meets Firefly today at OtherTees (who have a snazzy new site).


TeeRaiders have a Doctor Who design as well.


24tee go for the niche with one of the stars of the (surprisingly enthralling) King of Kong coin-op games documentary.


DBH love owls. On that subject, I saw a man walking down the street with an owl yesterday. Owls are great.


Hey look, Tilteed are selling one of their lesser seen designs again.


I have no idea what the kanji (presuming it’s Japanese) on this shirt says, so buyer beware at TeeMinus24.


Tee Gazette have put together their 10 favourite tees from the Storenvy marketplace for January.


Sock Monkee have released their Ampertastic Mr. Fox design as a print.


Adam over at IAMTHETREND busts six commonly held myths about his employer Storenvy.


Wrongwroks have released a parka with a faux fur trim.


Threadless have made some tees available to be put on Xbox avatars, and they cost about $1 each, but here’s the real kicker, if you want a hoodie you have to pay $2. They’re pixels, just because it costs double in real life doesn’t mean that they should cost double on the Xbox marketplace!


Glennz has made some more designs available as hoodies.


Mashable have a guide to building a strong online community around your brand.


Everything is on sale at Myth Clothing.


This Rihanna ‘thug life’ tattoo picture has been doing the rounds, but it’s her John Lennon t-shirt that interests me the most.


Here’s Katy Perry wearing a pretty cool hoodie (and I suspect a cool skull-based all over print t-shirt too).


Buy one get one free (on tees, not hoodies) at Eleven Eleven.


Typography Shop have put all their hoodies on sale.


Sehubabe have released a hoodie and t-shirt for Transardentes 2012 (a Belgian electro rock festival).


TanDan have been added as a brand store at A Better Tomorrow.

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Daily Tees & News for December 13th

by Andy on December 13, 2011

my little pony pokemon t-shirt

I don’t really understand the crossover between My Little Pony and Pokemon, but I’m sure some of you will.


Having never watched Venture Bros I’m not particularly enamored with today’s shirt at RIPT.


Nice 8-bit tee at Shirt.Woot today.
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Teehunter Winter Style Guide 2011

by Andy on December 2, 2011

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I need to go and put a cap on just so that I can take it off to Teehunter, the amount of work that has gone into this style guide is really impressive.

Liam has been very busy putting this guide together, and it shows, he’s featured more than 45 established and emerging brands in this gorgeous PDF. Here’s a list of the brands involved.

10deep, 2 Many Printers, Acrylick, Afends, ALIFE, Ambig, Animal, ASOS, Atticus, Bemused, Brixton, Bush + Leavenworth, Converse, Cuppa-Ts, CXXVI, Dance Party Massacre, Das Monk, Diesel, Dojo, Dunkelvolke, E The Real, Exit Left Apparel, howies, HUF, Ignite, Killbrand, King Apparel, Macbeth, Marshall Artist, Neighbourhood, New Gotham NYC, Norse Projects, Ontour, Palladium, Rapanui, Reason, River Island, Skull & Bones Boys Club, Social Freak, Supremebeing, Sutsu, The Imaginary Zebra, Topshop, Ugmonk, Victate, Volcom, WeSC.

If you like any of those then I recommend that you check out the guide, in fact, I recommend everyone downloads it, I really am blown away with this guide, hopefully Liam will receive all the traffic and interest he deserves for the amount of effort that has gone into it.

Teehunter Winter Style Guide 2011

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photography t-shirt

Whilst I do have a keen interest in photography, my knowledge of the technical side of things is still fairly low, so I’m not entirely sure whether the ‘sunny 16 rule’ found on this shirt at RedBubble is accurate, but it is a cool shirt for photographers.

Costiness=£19.58 Buy it at RedBubble

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t-shirt brand startup guide

If you’re well into launching your fifth season of t-shirts this guide probably isn’t for you, but if you’re just thinking about getting your toes wet in the exciting world of t-shirt commerce then I would very much recommend checking it out. To someone like me who has been reading guides like this for years there aren’t really many shocking revelations, but it is a really well-written guide that covers all the bases and gets you pointed in the right direction and gives you plenty ideas about things that you will need to research further. In fact, I think that the most important thing anyone can do before committing to starting a brand is doing more research than they think they need, because when it comes to tees there is no such thing as too much research, whilst getting out there and just doing it can teach you a lot, by the same token you can save yourself a lot of time and money by hitting the internet hard first and making sure you know exactly what you want.

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Where to buy great t-shirts in London

by Andy on September 5, 2008

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When I was down in London recently I was doing some shopping and naturally I wanted to see what the capital had to offer in terms of t-shirts. I’d done a little research before my trip, and found a few cool places, but I couldn’t find exactly what I was after. I figured that if I’m searching for that kind of info on the internet, then other people probably are too, so I thought it might be a good idea to make a list of clothing stores in London.

Upper Playground


Address: 31 Kingly Street, London, W1 (Google Maps Link)
Upper Playground have six retail stores, five of them are on the West Coast of the U.S., and luckily for us, one of them is in London.

Demo


Address: 19 Fouberts Place, W1F 7PZ (Google Maps Link)
If you’re going to Upper Playground, you may as well pop around the corner and head down Fouberts Place, where you’ll find Demo. It’s a fairly small shop, but it’s a veritable aladdin’s cave of top notch streetwear. Demo also happens to be the only place in the UK where I’ve seen Imaginary Foundation on sale, so its well worth a vist. Oh, and they have XLarge too.

Super Superficial


Address: 17 Fouberts Place, W1F 7QD and Kingly Court
I don’t know why Super Superficial‘s only retail shops are within a couple of minutes walk of each other, but as long as they keep producing such great designs and offering Graniph-style discounts for buying more than one tee then I’ll be paying them a visit. If you want to pick between the two, I’d pick the Kingly Court shop, it feels a little larger, and I like the way they’ve fitted it out, but I assume they both offer the same range of designs.

howies


Address: 42 Carnaby Street, W1F 7DY (Google Maps Link)
Howies are a Welsh brand (who are astoundingly frank and open in their ‘about us‘ section) that produce really cool, simple tee designs. They started out life as a skate/bike brand, so you see a lot of those themes running through the shirts. Oh, and they’re eco-friendly too!

Chateau Roux


[Picture credit: Super Indellible] Address: 17 Newburgh Street, W1F 7RZ (Google Maps Link)
Chateau Roux are a pretty young brand (launched May 2006), but they’ve managed to get pretty big, pretty fast, and opening their first store earlier this year is strong testament to that. I wonder what kind of packaging they use when you buy a tee there, because when you get one in the post its a pretty special occasion.

Lazy Oaf


Address: Kingly Court (Google Maps Link)
Lazy Oaf had a face-lift recently, and boy does it look cool. The LO shop sells all kinds of things, clothing, jewelry, and stationary to name a few, all of which have sprung from the creative mind of Gemma Shiel.

Terratag


Address: 188 Brick Lane, E1 6SA (Google Maps Link)
We’re moving away from the Carnaby area now, and heading to the land of Terratag, the guys who are all about Gundam, Graff, and Girls. They have a flagship store on Brick Lane (though they are stocked in a number of other locations across London and the rest of the UK) that shows off both their clothing lines and printed art.

Your Eyes Lie

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[Can’t find a picture of the store, sorry guys] Address: Unit 6b, Camden Lock, NW1 8AL (Google Maps Link)
Your Eyes Lie is a brand run by a British and Thai designer that make some pretty darned awesome black and white tees, though they have started branching into the world of colours.

Concrete Hermit

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[more pictures here] Address: 5a Club Row, London, E1 6JX (Google Maps Link)
Just a stone’s throw from Brick Lane, Concrete Hermit have a brilliant gallery/store that is well worth a visit. I’ve done a full review of the store that can be found here, but the short version is that they sell art and tees done by the artists that they feature in the gallery.

Magma


[Picture credit: northerncontinent] Address: 8 Earlham Street, WC2H 9RY (Google Maps Link) & 117 Clerkenwell Road, EC1R 5BY (Google Maps Link)
Technically, Magma is actually a design bookstore, but considering they sell some 2k by Gingham tees I think I can shoehorn one of my favourite London stores into this list. I can almost guarantee that if I ever enter this store I’ll be walking out with a red plastic bag that has T magazine (or something else achingly cool) in it.

Hideout


Address: 7 Upper James Street, W1F 9DF (Google Maps Link)
Hideout deals with higher-end streetwear labels such as Supreme, Billionaire Boys Club, and Neighborhood, so expect to leave this store with a far lighter wallet than you went in with.

Slam City Skates


Address: 16 Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9DP (Google Maps Link)
As you’d imagine from the name, Slam City Skates is heaven for skaters, but a lot of their clothing is friendly to those of us that have the balance of a top-heavy pin stood on a piece of rope between the Grand Canyon in a high-wind (… I can’t skate).

I’m sure that I’m missing loads of great stores off, but since I don’t go to London all that much I haven’t had a lot of opportunity to go exploring, so if you know of a shop that should be on this list when I’m next down in the big smoke then leave a comment and I’ll add it to the list (after a thorough vetting process of me deciding whether its cool or not).

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Concrete Hermit: HYA visits the Gallery

by Andy on April 22, 2008

Concrete Hermit Gallery Frontage Sign

When I went down to London in February to attend Margin I decided I was going to make a bit of a pilgrimage to Concrete Hermit, and since they were located pretty near to The Park and To Be Confirmed shows that I was going to attend I decided I’d be stupid not visit them after writing about Concrete Hermit so much in the past.
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In hindsight, the gallery is actually quite easy to find, but because I had a lame printout from Google Maps to guide me it took about 30 minutes walking and stopping several people (most of whom seemed as lost as me) to find them when they’re only about 10 minutes brisk walk from Liverpool Street Station. Located on a fairly quiet street not far from the hustle and bustle of Brick Lane, a street that is famous for curry, art, clothes and graffiti, pretty much in that order. The Concrete Hermit gallery has the appearance of a regular shop, except with a lot less stuff in it. This is a conscious decision that has been made to separate the exhibition space from the sales area, which I think helps them to maintain the ambiance of a gallery in the front of the space when you walk in, you aren’t immediately confronted with items that you can buy, I think that’s important and helps you understand what the CH team want their gallery to be like.
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Of course, you can buy things in the gallery as well. Almost everything that is available in their online shop is available in the gallery, and if it isn’t out I suspect that they’d be able to get it for you since, if I remember correctly, their storage space is either located in the basement of the gallery or somewhere very nearby. It was good to get hands on with their t-shirt offerings after recommending them so many time, and I wasn’t disappointed with the quality of their high-end tee offerings, soft tees and soft, vibrant prints are to be found in abundance on their racks, so I’m happy to keep recommending them. Whilst I don’t think it is possible to buy the original works that are on show in the exhibition space, it is usually possible to buy a print or poster from the same artist, and also a t-shirt which has been designed by the artist exclusively for their exhibition at the gallery.

Concrete Hermit

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