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spy camera t-shirt

I suppose that with people having the ability to make cameras the size of a pin head it should surprise me that it’s possible to hide a camera in a t-shirt, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that they should do it. I would like to think there are some legit uses for this t-shirt from ThinkGeek, perhaps for making a timelapse of a run, or taking photos you shouldn’t in a museum (which I think is okay, but many museums would not), but let’s be honest, we all know what people are thinking when they order a spy camera t-shirt… BOOBS!

Costiness=$39.99 Buy it at ThinkGeek

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Muji Shrink Wrapped T-shirt


At the weekend the love-of-my-life and I went to the gargantuan Trafford Centre near Manchester to shop (I bought pants!), exchange her broken iPhone (Apple were having none of it, but they’ve sent one now, huzzah!), eat burritos, watch Scott Pilgrim (post about the tees in that coming up soon on HYA), and generally have a good time (we did).

Whilst we were wandering about in Selfridges we happened upon the Muji section. I really wish that Muji still had their own stores in the UK, but I guess it wasn’t to be, so we’ll have to make do with an in-store store. Amongst all the other well-designed items were these little cubes of cotton, which when opened would reveal themselves to be an extremely wrinkled t-shirt. I’ve got no idea of the quality of the t-shirt, but I really liked the idea of tee-cubes, and the scarf-cubes they also sold, and thought you guys might enjoy seeing it too.

I also found ‘Ass Blaster’ hot sauce in Selfridges, but we probably shouldn’t dwell on that for too long.

They can also be purchased from the Muji online store in the UK (and presumably elsewhere) for £9.95.

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hoodie buddie machine washable hoodie with earphones

One of my issues with wearable technology is the problem that they can be a bit of a faff to wash. A hoodie with built in earphones sounds pretty cool, but it loses some cool points if you have to spend ages removing the earphones when laundry day rolls around, so I was quite excited when I saw that it was machine washable. You’d expect something like this to be mighty expensive (especially since I found out about it via a PR company), but they’re actually very much afforable at $44 for a guys hoodie. I guess the proof would be in the pudding as they say because I have no idea what quality you get through the earphones, if they were a weak link then I can’t see many people having an interest in this hoodie.

Hoodie Buddie

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This hoodie is very cool, and has that typical Paul Frank cheekiness about it. You know how you want to listen to music when you’re wandering around, but you have to mess around with the cable from the headphones so that it isn’t dangling around, well this hoodies solves those issues by having a headphone jack in the pocket and earbuds at the end of the drawstrings. My first thought when I saw this was “how do you wash it?” It says on the product page that the hoodie is ‘machine washable’ so clearly that’s been taken into consideration. I doubt that you’ll be getting the same sound quality out of these earbuds as with a pair of badass Skullcandy ones like mine, but come on, the headphones are in the drawstrings, how cool is that!?

Coatiness=$36 Available from hoodiepeople.com

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Have you ever looked at a t-shirt and gone “hey, wouldn’t it be cool if someone took this tee and printed another graphic on top of it, and wouldn’t it just blow your mind if those two graphics were random and not paired up in any way?”

That’s what Nonsek do, and at first you’d presume that it was a really stupid idea, pretty much flying in the face of all that makes sense in the design world. But, shockingly, some of that tees are actually pretty cool. Using the Nonsek Machine you pick an artist, and then just remix to your hearts desire until out pops a t-shirt that you like, and ‘good’ tees do appear with surprising frequency. It’s an unusual concept, so I recommend that you try it out yourself simply for the novelty value.

Nonsek [thanks for the tip, Pam!]

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My apologies for the page of pics before getting down to the text (because I know you hang off my every word… right? Guys? Hello? Is anyone reading?), but I wanted to show you a few designs so that the effect was clear. Basically, as the tee gets hotter, presumably from body heat, parts of the design change colour, changing the tone of the entire design. As you can probably guess from the title, this is an idea that I really like, I’d like to see it in reality rather than in mock-ups, but Ink Fruit are clearly trying something really interesting. I’d probably be just as excited about the designs as the special ink if they hadn’t put the text on the tree & suitcase designs, but I guess I can’t have everything. I should probably point out that I can’t find the above tees in their catalogue, which is disappointing (I’d written the rest of the post before noticing), so I would expect that these tees are currently being produced, sorry to get you all excited.

Also make sure you check out Ink Fruit‘s other tees, they’re a(nother) design contest that have some great tees in their catalogue. [via Shirtlog]

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I can’t see this catching on in the mainstream, like a lot of Out Of Office Collective’s strange but wonderful products, but as a concept it’s very cool, and when writing about t-shirts has turned me into a millionaire I’m definitely going to buy one, possibly two. Basically, that little blue flap at the bottom of the tee makes sure that not only is this a normal t-shirt (with a flap at the bottom) but also a functioning pillow case. I can’t really imagine a situation in which you would need an emergency pillow case, but dammit I admire OOO for filling what may well be a void in the apparel/sleeping market.

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The first thing that I thought when I saw this range of tees with a re-writable chest-panel was that if I were to wear this, had a few beers, vodkas, ciders, and some wine (it was a big weekend), I would almost certainly end up with my friends declaring my love for Ricky Martin through the medium of the t-shirt.

Dammit I need to get new friends.

Seriously though, it’s a fairly clever idea, I’m pretty sure I’ve seen something similar before, despite their claims of originality, but I quite like it. I do wonder how somethning like this stands up to the washing cycle though.

Markertees

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Say Hello to Evenagamba

by Andy on October 29, 2008


Looking through the archives of HYA, I think its pretty clear that I’m usually more concerned with what is on the front of a t-shirt or hoodie than the actual piece of clothing itself, but I can also appreciate it when people produce a really high quality hoodie with a slightly different cut to the norm.

EVENAGAMBA is a New York based company that designs fashionable hoodies combining comfortable materials with unique cuts. Our styles delineate sexy silhouettes for women and provide flexibility for men.

I’d imagine that just by looking at the pictures you can tell that this is a premium brand, and as such we aren’t exactly talking American Apparel-style prices, but the clothes certainly are different, and there’s lots of little touches that you can’t see in the pictures (iPod pockets, earphone eyelets, suit jacket style linings, leather patches) that help you to justify treating yourself during these troubled economic times.

EVENAGAMBA

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A very s.a.d. t-shirt

by Andy on September 3, 2008


I know what you’re thinking, these tees are pretty normal looking, nothing special, not really worthy of blogging, right?

Well, Mister (or Missus) Know-it-all, prepare to eat humble pie, because these tees are heat sensitive. As the temperature rises the cloud begins to fade away and the sun appears, which is not only a really cool use of heat sensitive ink, but also a great way to illustrate the point behind this design.

You know when its winter and the days are really short and it starts to get you down? A more extreme version of that is Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.), which is what this tee is very cleverly highlighting. As the weather gets sunnier and hotter, your tee is hotter, and therefore gets sunnier, and you’re happier, sooo cool!

There’s another design that has a cloud on it which brings up the message “the sun is nature’s prozac” which is technically just as impressive, but I don’t think it has quite the same impact.

Neither are for sale, unfortunately, I think they’re just part of a designer’s portfolio. [via Kottke]

*The designers website seemed to disappear as I was writing about the tees, so those links probably won’t work, unless there’s just a temporary issue.

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Halterneck Hoodies from Dressed By Danni

by Andy on July 28, 2008


It has a hoodie, but it doesn’t Hide Your Arms (or even your back), I’m so confused!

My lady friends asked me last night what I do when I’m blogging about women’s clothing since I don’t really know much about it. I told them that being able to understand sizings (note to self/men everywhere: never attempt to guess a woman’s tee size when giving them a sample tee) isn’t really that important, if I like the look of something I’ll write about it. I certainly do like the look of these halterneck hoodies, and since the handmade garments one size fits all (between 8-14) I couldn’t possibly embarrass myself when giving gifts to my girls.

I must admit that I don’t think all of the styles work as well as others, this ‘beach bum‘ one is a bit too much of a hippy-ish look for me, and I’m generally not a fan of leopard print, but otherwise I’m impressed by Danni’s patern choices, and there’s always the option of having a custom one done if nothing tickles your fancy.

Dressed By Danni

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It looks all cool and stuff

Matt, the guy who used to write Torso the blog, and now runs Torso the clothing company, dropped me a line to let me know that the website had undergone a revamp, making it a lot easier to navigate around and generally pretty-fying it. That’s nice, but the ‘print meter’ is waaayyy more interesting:

Torso really is about putting profits back into producing more tees from talented artists, and so we’ve added a “print meter” under our menu that shows people relatively how close we are to having the money available to bring out a new design. It will be updated every day and will directly reflect profit and returns from sales that we can put towards awesome new stuff. Once the white marker is reached you can be sure we will have something on the go that we can hopefully release shortly.

I don’t really know if seeing a meter would encourage me to buy a tee, but I do think its a really cool idea, showing that buying a t-shirt can actually make a difference to a company is what separates small businesses like Torso from the big fish, and this is a great way of visualising that connection.

Torso

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Toasty hoodie by Park Life

by Andy on May 19, 2008

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Here’s a clever idea, someone has taken a regular, pocket-less hoodie, and stitched a pair of mittens onto it. I think you could have a lot of fun with this hoodie, fooling people into thinking you were wearing a regular pair of mittens, then removing your hands from them and they just stayed where they were like some kind of lame magic trick. Now that I think about it, you couldn’t really have that much fun with this hoodie, but its still pretty cool.

Only available in a womens medium, sorry, although I can’t see this one being too hard to DIY if you really want to see some mitten-on-hoodie action.

Costiness=$68 Link

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Threaded Hoody by Electronic Poet

by Andy on March 17, 2008

threaded Hoody by Electronic Poet

I can’t find this on sale anywhere, but it was too cool to let pass by just because it lacked the convenience of a ‘buy’ button. Nice to see someone doing something different, isn’t it?

Threaded hoody Electronic Poet [thanks, somenotesonnapkins @ Notcouture!]

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