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So you want to start a clothing line, huh?

by Andy on January 14, 2009

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I’ve never started a clothing line, so coming to me for advice on the nuts and bolts of everything would be, to be frank, risky. So instead of writing up some pointers for you that might not necessarily make any sense, I’m going to point you towards a few links, that may be of help.

How To Start A Clothing Line is a blog about European literature in the early 19th century, well, if you can’t work out what that blog is about then I’m amazed you were able to get on the internet. It is written by Jon Kruse, the guy behind Mediocore Clothing, who happened to turn 25 yesterday (Happy Birthday Jon!), and features pretty much every aspect of starting your own line, from boring admin stuff to designing and printing tees, as well as marketing so that you can actually sell the tees after putting so much time and effort into them. There’s also interviews with other people in the industry.

Fuel For Design is an ebook by Gino from Color Overload. If you can get over the excited(!) marketing speak on the website, I have it on good authority that it’s worth the $37, I’m sure I read other reviews saying it was good, but I can’t remember where they are now, although Rude Retro questions whether Gino has the experience to write such a book.

The Art of Apparel. This blog is like a regular tee blog, but with more of a focus on the industry side of things, recently got caught up in major drama for posting an interview in which someone said what they thought.

Emptees. Sometimes you’ll get absolutely nailed by forum members that would rather make a joke than help you (they’re mostly harmless though), but if you want to know pretty much anything about the tee biz then the answer can be found here. Make sure you use the search function before asking a question though.

T-Shirt Forums. Like Emptees, except without the Lolcats.

That should probably get you started, if anyone can think of any more wonderful resources please let me know in the comments.

Update: I happened to come across a couple more resources you may find interesting/helpful:

47 Essential Resources for T-Shirt Designers at GoMediaZine

23 Great Apparel Related Design Articles at My Ink Blog [via… someone, I can’t remember who, if you’re a tee blogger that posted this please let me know and I’ll link you up]

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Eric Terry, the man behind Linty Fresh (that’s him up there!), held a video webchat on Sunday evening in which he would answer people’s questions about the indie tee industry and share his experiences. With the time difference between the US and UK Eric’s Q&A sessions are on a little late for HYA’s bed time, but by all accounts they’re really useful and people are getting a lot out of them.

Unfortunately, the show was not recorded, however, Coty transcribed the who thing (on the fly as well, from what I gather), and has the whole thing on his blog, so head on over there and get some learning done.

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10 Great Tips from 10 Great Brands

by Andy on December 7, 2008


Coty Gonzales has been keeping an eye on interviews with top indie brands recently, and has written up a blog post of 10 tips that he’s gleamed from those interviews all about what it takes to be successful in the tee industry.

Check it out here

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See the sites, hit the bars

by Andy on September 30, 2008

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[I don’t know what that sign is about, I took this photo in Manchester!]

I’ve got a bit of random site news to bring you, and since they didn’t seem quite big enough to mention on their own, this post is packed with not one, not two, but three things that you might want to look at!

1. I Am The Trend – I’ve been trying (and failing) to build a directory of t-shirt shops and blogs for at least a year, clearly someone has had the same idea and unlike me, they have the skills to pull it off. I Am The Trend may well sound like the name of a scene band, but its actually an online directory of indie companies which users can rate and comment on. They focus on clothing art an music, and whilst the directory isn’t huge at the moment I can see a lot of potential. If you run a tee site it might be a good idea to get yourself listed now because after Christmas they’re going to start charging for ‘Pro’ listings.

2. How To Start a T-shirt Company – Jon Kruse, the guy behind Mediocore Clothing has set up a new blog (which actually has some old content from when he was starting Mediocore) which, as you may well have guessed, it all about how to start a t-shirt company. By his own admission he’s still got a fair way to go before you can learn everything about getting your tee label off the ground on the site, but its certainly not the worst place to start if you want to start making t-shirts for fun and profit.

3. Buy-Tees T-Shirt Toolbar - I haven’t had a chance to play about with this yet (just installed, but I need to restart Firefox and with about 20 tabs open that won’t be happening anytime soon), but it looks pretty cool. The t-shirt toolbar, put basically, is an easy way for people to find t-shirts, reviews of t-shirts, videos of t-shirts, and even chat about t-shirts. In lieu of a proper review from me, MilitantGeek has given it a good look and I’m afraid its a thumbs down. **** Apparently there are ‘serious problems’ with the installation of the toolbar, so its probably a good idea to not install it.

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Are you a t-shirt designer? Read this.

by Andy on August 1, 2008

I think its well established that I’m not good at drawing (see), but I know that there’s a fair few designers amongst you, so I thought that you guys might benefit from checking out a series on Go Mediazine called ’15 Awful Mistakes Made by Designers in the Music & Apparel Industry’ especially if you’re just starting out in the industry and aren’t too sure about how everything works. There’s insight and advice from designers such as Rob Dobi (Full Bleed), Jimiyo, Derek Deal, and Jimmy Heartcore, amongst others, so I guess you could say these guys have been there, done that, and designed the t-shirt…. ha!

15 Awful Mistakes Made by Designers in the Music & Apparel Industry [thanks notcot]

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Here’s a story from laFraise that doesn’t leave the North American contingent of the readership feeling left out. Their Seattle-based (IIRC) blogger, J3concepts, has put together a nice round-up of Adobe Illustrator tutorials he’s found on the tutorial website Tutorialized. The tutorials aren’t necessarily geared towards t-shirt design, but they could be pretty helpful if you’re still getting to grips with the features in Illustrator. Heck, these tuts may even turn me into a t-shirt designer!

And don’t forget, you can still get 25% off your order at LaFraise by entering the coupon code LFSALES08 in the checkout.

Illustrator Tutorials Roundup @ LaFraise

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If you’re starting out in the tee game, and you’ve got ideas but don’t know how to get them onto your computer screen, then A Better Tomorrow (the German design contest and streetwear store) are here to help you. Andre (which is so much cooler than my way of spelling our name) has compiled a list of t-shirt design tutorials that should be able to getting you on track to creating a design that will be horribly mocked by people in Threadless submission critiques.

Google translate has actually done a pretty good job of converting this from ABTs native German, so it doesn’t read like an abstract poem.

Shirt design tutorials on the A Better Tomorrow Blog

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If you want to learn how to screen print from anyone, a company that makes really cool tees is a pretty good choice. I’ve never attempted screen printing, but I’d imagine that if I were going to give it a go then I’d need a fair amount of instruction, and my SpideyAndy-sense is telling me that Print Liberation team have the skills to make a pretty looking book.Costiness=$25 Link (Amazon Link)

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Some bloggy goings on

by Andy on June 26, 2008

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[Picture unrelated to anything, I just think that Ames Rooms are cool]
  • T-shirt Island has changed its name to Cottonable, which doesn’t really change anything in terms of the blog, but it is a pretty cool name.
  • Shirtlog, who had their first birthday recently (huzzah!), held an interview with Filip from Allmightys recently, check it out here.
  • Subtraction, which is a very nicely designed blog, has posted a great description of Rumplo, in case you don’t know what it is yet.
  • Atticus (the brand founded by Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge of Blink 182, though Hoppus doesn’t have anything to do with it now) and Ebtm (a British clothing site) have launched a fashion blog that I imagine British emo and scene kids might like.
  • Continuing the music theme, Ian Watkins, who is the singer/frontman of the Lostprophets, a band who are big in the UK (I’ve seen ‘em twice), has moved on from designing the bands album covers and merch, and released his own line of t-shirts with the brand name of Made In Hell, which are actually pretty good, and to prove that he’s keeping it indie and not selling out to ‘the man’ the store is powered by Big Cartel. If you’re wondering how I’m shoehorning this piece of news into a post about blogs… ummm… here’s an interview he did with Punktastic.
  • You The Designer wrote up a great tutorial last year (and I just re-found it in my bookmarks) that they’ve called “The Ultimate Guide to Designing Your Own Custom T-Shirts“, that’s a pretty lofty claim, but it is a pretty good guide to be fair to them.
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    Johnny is the one on the left

    That title is fairly well laced with snark, but its only meant in jest, Johnny Cupcakes is an inspiration to a lot of small clothing brand owners, and he seems like a nice guy too.One of the nice things that he does is give out advice to pretty much anyone that asks. The latest example of this can be found on Emptees, where Johnny has posted about how he runs some parts of his business. If you follow JC (the man and the brand) as closely as I do then there probably won’t be too much that is new to you, but if you’re thinking “who on earth is this man/delicious baked treat hybrid?” then click on through, but be warned, its a pretty long read.

    Johnny Cupcakes lays some knowledge on Emptees [Photo Credit: Sean Future]

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    Need a Website or MySpace designer?

    by Andy on May 13, 2008

    I know that there a few people who read HYA that want to start their own t-shirt lines (I’m one of them… eventually friends, eventually), so when I found this list on Emptees of website and MySpace designers that would probably be of help to those of you that know how to design a badass t-shirt, but don’t know the first thing when it comes to designing a website.

    Big fat list of web designers at Emptees

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