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Howies Eco Friendly & Awesome T-Shirts!

by Liam_Hodgeon on March 17, 2013

There is probably a good few of you who know and love howies, and I’m not excluded from that. For me, it’s all about the brand and their story (obviously the awesome clothes too). The story is something of real passion and love for what they do, they started, they were bought, then a while later the original Howies staff wanted it back, to run the brand as it should be, so finally bought it back from their owners to run as an independent brand. If that’s not a story of brand passion and loyalty then I really don’t know what is! To top all this off, they print all the tess themselves in good old Wales.

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With that, it was safe to say I was excited when my new Howies tees landed on my door step I finally got to the post office to pick up my missed parcel, only to be handed a gorgeous Howies mailer! This is is where it starts for me, and any brand that puts this much attention into a postal packet is going to be a winner.

Packets

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Upon opening the packet I was presented with two T-shirts, both protected in plastic wrappers (gotta look after the tees ’til they reach you!), which were swiftly removed so I could get my hands on them. At this point, I may upset some, as for me, the quality of these Howies tshirts is about 10 steps above the Mecca of the T-shirt world, American Apparel 2001, and for 25 quid it makes them a steal!

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It’s not only the tee that’s quality, the print is also super soft, and if its anything like my older Howies T-shirts then it will just get better and better with time. Couple that with the little touches like solid side tags, and really good quality feel wash tags and you have yourself a really spectacular T-shirt.

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Outsider-OnLastly, the fit is obviously important for any clothing, and for me the fit is spot on, very similar to the previously mentioned American Apparel 2001 T-shirts. Bringing all these things together from the ordering, to the receiving, to the opening and finally wearing, you really get a quality experience from the guys at Howies, making them a must have for an self respecting T-shirt addict!

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saint bradley of wiggins bayeux tapestry t-shirt

My parents happened to be in Paris at the weekend and saw Bradley Wiggins, Team Sky, and the rest of the pack finishing their epic journey around France as the man with currently the most famous sideburns in the world rode into the history books as the first British winner of the Tour de France. They said the buzz on the street was amazing, and I got a bit excited as Cavendish made the final rush for the line even though I have very little interest in cycling normally. howies have commemorated this momentous event really quickly with this great design in the style of the Bayeux tapestry.

Costiness=£25 Buy it at howies

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Daily T-shirt Roundup for January 9th

by Andy on January 9, 2012

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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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pokemon t-shirt

I hope you guys all enjoyed Christmas and the New Year, it was a great break for me not thinking about t-shirts (much) and enjoying guilt-free eating. Good luck to everyone in 2012!

TeeFury have a Pokemon t-shirt that I don’t understand.


RIPT drop a Harry Potter-insipred shirt.
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howies t-shirt of the month

by Andy on September 24, 2009

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I don’t really understand why they’ve decided to become a target of the grammar police with this tee, but it has reminded me that I need to try and read more books, bite-size knowledge from RSS feeds will only get me so far!

Costiness=£25 Available for men and women at howies

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Le Tour by howies

by Andy on July 27, 2009

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Topical!
Costiness=£25/20 Available from howies mens/womens

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howies tee of the week: Before Sat Nav

by Andy on June 15, 2009

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To our American friends, I can’t remember if you understand the term ‘satnav’, if not, it’s what we Brits call ‘GPS’. On the subject of GPS, last weekend I went to Manchester, but I forgot to grab my TomTom on the way out of the house, but then remembered that I had an iPhone, and the maps app guided us all the way to my friend’s house (admittedly, I had a friend telling me directions off the map, but still). Can you imagine if you had a time machine and went back even twenty years and showed them an iPhone, they’d probably be so amazed that they’d drop their Rubik’s cube in astonishment, and not just because you arrived using a freakin’ time machine.

Anywho, howie‘s tee of the week takes us back to a dark time before GPS when we actually had to take notice of our surroundings and know where we were. I know that they need the ‘before satnav’ for the joke to make sense to people looking at the shirt, but I think it would work better as a design if they dropped the caption, though of course it wouldn’t be a jokey shirt then, just one with a few constellations on it. Not the cheapest of tees at £25 a pop, but organic cotton doesn’t come cheap.

Costiness=£25 Mens/Womens

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howies® launch teepay.com

by Andy on June 3, 2009

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I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for howies®, their tees rarely blow me away from a technical point of view, but they usually seemed to get things right and I got a good vibe from them. Yes, I said ‘vibe’, clearly 4 days in San Francisco changed me!

So, when I heard that howies were launching what is ostensibly a t-shirt design competition called teepay I rolled my eyes a little bit (more competitions?), but by the looks of things they’ve got it right again. If you know about Cameesa, then their business model will not come as a shock to you; designers upload designs, if 30 people order the tee then howies will print it onto their organic tees and post it out to you (though the FAQ states that it’s 50 orders), and the designer gets 10% of each sale, or they can choose to give their 10% to a charity of their choice. I can’t see what happens if you make an order and the tee doesn’t reach the minimum number of orders, but it’s safe to presume that you aren’t going to be paying for a tee that they don’t print.

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In keeping with the charity theme, teepay are going to give 1% of their turnover or 10% of their pre-tax profits (whichever is greater) to environmentally and socially conscious charities through the ‘1% for the Planet‘ organisation.

The proof, as they say, is in the pudding, and the designs do seem solid on the whole, especially the ones that have been printed, so hopefully that suggests that they’ve managed to get a good community of designers on-board early on, which should in turn attract more quality doodlers as time goes on. The ladies can expect to pay £20 for a tee, whilst the fellas will be parting with £25 to get their hands on some organic goodness.

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