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Amy wearing her Global Warming T-Shirt

I’ve been getting a lot of goodies in the mail lately from reviews to purchases I made for myself.  Typically I know what it is from the packaging.  I’ll give it to Gage + Desoto, because they totally stumped me on this.  I knew ahead of time I was receiving a package from them and when it arrived it was really professional looking in a white large envelope with 1 simple mailing label.  I honestly though it was some legal documents I was waiting for, that’s how smooth it looked.  Low and behold, it was not legal papers, it was my Global Warming T-Shirt to review!!

Either people are really reading my reviews and noting that I enjoy a hand-written letter or everyone is just really polite these days, because as you can see above, Gage + Desoto sent along a nice note on their letter-head just for me!!  They kept it very simple with a simple note, the t-shirt and 1 small sticker for me to enjoy.  I appreciated that, because sometimes less is more.

Now for those who don’t know, Gage + Desoto are a unique resource for road cycling and design.  What does that mean exactly?  Well they like anything dealing with bikes and cycling and design.  Yes it’s actually pretty straight forward.  They sell items from books, to magazines, apparel, prints & stationary and even bikes!  Their shop is located in New York and they call it the The Red Hook Office: part offices, part bike studio, part clubhouse, and part storefront.  They are only open 2 days a week, but everything in store is also sold on their website – aside from the bikes of course.  So let me get to the point, Gage + Desoto partnered up with Pajamahouse to collaborate on a t-shirt.  Pajamahouse is a small studio located in New York and Tokyo dedicated to making fun and creative projects.  So now you see, these aren’t our typical t-shirt clothing brands (so I’ll cut them a little slack), these are design studios working together to bring you a brilliant t-shirt with baby arctic animals zooming down a bike lane.

The t-shirt is white and the design is very flattering placed right in the center of the tee.  The Gage + Desoto and Pajamahouse logos are screen-printed in the inside neck area (as seen in the photo above this).  They don’t give much of an explanation behind the design or tee on the website.  Why is it called Global Warming?  Why are there arctic animals on a bike?  Clearly putting two and two together the bike’s there because Gage + Desoto enjoy bikes.  Let’s go on…the animals?  I don’t know much about Pajamahouse but on G+D’s website they give reference to a “hit” by them called Desi Leaves Town .  I watched the trailer and it has animals in it.  It appears to be a game you can purchase to play with puzzles and tasks to complete, etc, etc.  Not really my cup of tea but if they’re making the games I mean I know how hard animation is so definite props to them for that.

Without much of a back-story to go on with this design I can only speak from opinion on what I see.  I”m a huge animal lover myself so the cute little cartoon-ish animals definitely captured my attention.  The word I’d use to describe this is “cute and quirky”.  It’s illustration at it’s finest from the bike to the animals.  Speaking from a design standpoint the lines of the bike draw your attention inward towards the animals, then up, down and around.  It’s a nice composition to look at.  Very flattering and the colors are subtle and friendly.  I think it’d be an outstanding children’s t-shirt, but as you can see in the photo at the top I totally rocked it by tying it up in the back, rolling up the sleeves (because they seemed to be longer than normal) and throwing it on for the day over my bikini.  It is a longer t-shirt, appears to be a unisex fit (not my 1st choice) which is why I’ll probably sleep in it or wear it as shown in the photo.  Being that it’s really one of the only t-shirts either of these companies have put out and it isn’t what they focus on as a whole; I think they did an incredible job with it.  It’s a really soft cotton and it’s a playful design.  I’m not sure of their target audience but as I mentioned, I would have suggested it on a children’s t-shirt or even a tote bag for that matter.

It’s for sale on Gage + Desoto’s website for $30 – which is way too much for a shirt like this in my opinion but their products are all on the pricier end so that’s to be expected.  After thinking about it for a bit, I’d guess that perhaps the name of the shirt “Global Warming T-Shirt” is a play on words relating to the design.  Arctic animals on a bike (you usually bike when it’s hotter outside and clearly these animals belong in a colder climate).  For those of you who caught on to that way before I do, let’s keep in mind I am a blonde.

Check out Gage + Desoto’s website and Facebook and Twitter !

Check out Pajamahouse’s website and Facebook and Twitter !

Thanks for the t-shirt Gage + Desoto & for allowing me to review it :)

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“Live From Tokyo” Rice Bowl T-shirt

by Andy on December 8, 2010

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Live From Tokyo is actually a documentary about underground music in Tokyo, and whilst that sounds interesting, I’m sure the chances of me ever seeing it are pretty remote, so this tee is the thing I’m most interested in, because it looks great both in the context of the movie, and also out of context as just a randomly cool t-shirt design. Oh, and if you think you recognise the design style, that’s because it was created by Mr. Seibei.

Costiness=$15 Buy it at the Live From Tokyo Big Cartel store

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This t-shirt is ridiculously cool, it has three actual cables stitched into it!

If you’ve never been to Tokyo, you’d probably be surprised that a nation that is generally regarded as being technologically advanced (and it is in many respects) doesn’t seem to have grasped the idea of having tidy cables running through their streets. I found that to be a little surprising, but it was usually on little side-streets filled with interesting little shops (I was staying in Akihabara, so there was lots of interesting little shops), so it just helped to add to the Blade Runner-esque atmosphere that I frequently found myself in.

Costiness=¥5900 Available from Tokyo Art Beat (in women’s M, and Men’s M/L)

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These tees are in no way cheap, but they also in no way suck.

Costiness=€47 Tokyo/London/New York available from Norse Projects

They can also be purchased from Stussy directly for about $17… which is a bit of a saving.

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Octopus Attacks Tokyo by Graniph [Review]

by Andy on April 28, 2009

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Anyone remember when I pointed out this tee back in February and it was a total tease because it was sold out? Well, the situation has improved, but not by much. They must have reprinted it, but only size small is available for purchase at the moment, and considering that Graniph‘s sizes already run quite small anyway, it’s only going to be slim people wearing this pretty-darned-awesome t-shirt for the time being.

I said it back in February and I’ll say it again, this tee rocks, and I have no idea why, which is what I usually feel when I look at tees from Graniph, so I guess the love affair continues!

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This tee was sent to me here in Philly, so it is a bit fresher in the memory than most of the reviews I’ve done over the past few months (though I sent it back with my brother last month, my suitcase is overweight as is), and as usual the quality level was superb, soft cotton, and I was really impressed with the colours in the print.

Costiness=JPY 2,500 Buy Octopus Attacks Tokyo at Graniph

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I can’t quite put my finger on why this t-shirt is awesome, but I am almost 100% certain that it is. In fact, it’s so great that I’m posting it even though it is sold out at the time of writing, knowing that I’m going to disappoint those of you that saw it and instantly knew you needed a t-shirt about an octopus attacking Tokyo in your lives. Sorry.

Costiness=JPY 2,500 (y’know, if you could buy it) Request a reprint at Graniph [Rumplo Link]

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Two new tees from Tokyo Art Beat

by Andy on October 28, 2008


Tokyo Art Beat seem to be a jack of all trades in the Japanese art world (and New York now too), they have events listings, job listings (rather sparse at the moment), interviews, news, and a very cool bi-monthly map of arts happenings in Tokyo.

Luckily for us, they haven’t spread themselves too thin, because their t-shirt ranges are always consistently excellent, and these latest two designs are no exception. TAB have a good blog post about the two new tees and their respective designers, or you can just head straight for the shop.

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