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Track Jackets


I’m pretty sure the last time I wrote about a track jacket the Game Boy had just been released and people had not yet enjoyed the wonders of cheese in the crust of a pizza, so it’s pretty fitting that I’m posting a track jacket from Urban Retro with a distinctly retro flair to it. It certainly is a clean looking design, there’s not really much to it, which means that there isn’t exactly a lot there to complain about, but perhaps that means you guys might not find it interesting enough?

Costiness=£45 Available from Urban Retro (and in blue too)



I think that the irony police might be on the lookout for the Disturbia crew after they’ve released these designs (which you can buy, by the way), about excessive spending. I really like the ‘Keep Buying and Stay Silent’ tee, which is another clever riff on the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ poster that you see so many variations of nowadays, and the biker-style track jacket looks pretty badass (the wraparound bit in the neck is a nice touch, but the Mastercard parody isn’t really working for me I’m afraid, it just reminds me of ‘funny’ tees you’d see in a souvenir shop on holiday, though it’s safe to presume that Disturbia’s take is produced to a much higher quality, so don’t let me hold you back from spending, spending, spending!

Disturbia Clothing


Mainstream brand alert! Mainstream brand alert!

Have no fear, I’ll get back to posting about stuff that is printed by some dude in a poorly-ventilated garage, but sometimes I’ve just gotta post this stuff.

Natterjacks are selling two very limited edition Adidas tracksuits, the first is a black and red leather (yes, a leather tracksuit) number based upon the 80s original, which would be perfect for completing your Run DMC cosplay outfit if you’re happy to hand over £550 ($1010) for it. Up next, a track jacket that actually has stainless steel woven into the thread, which is fairly clever, but rather pointless and gaudy. In their product description Natterjacks say they they only have a couple of these so they’ll go quick, but I get the feeling that they might be hanging around for a while with a £400 pricetag, unless I have seriously underestimated the amount of disposable income that rappers in the UK have going spare for bling.

Since I wouldn’t want you to come away from this post thinking “that was fun, but why not point I out something I should buy Andy, you handsome devil?” I’ve found (ok, that’s a lie, I got sent an e-mail about them, blogging is so easy sometimes!) 3 tees from the Adidas Originals range that are about as retro as their track suits cousins, but you might actually want to wear them. All three are available from Urban Industry for £24.50, which is probably a bit pricey for our buddies in the States, but actually pretty good going for a UK shop.

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Pan Polynesia by Effin Effigy

by Andy on March 13, 2008


I got an extremely enthusiastic e-mail from Mare Rosemayer, one half of the duo behind Effin Effigy, and her energy was enough to refocus my attention on blogging, just as I was tempted to leave the desk and go get some shortbread. Offtopic, but if shortbread is, well, short bread, is there such a thing as ‘longbread’, and is ‘mediumbread’ just regular bread? Google offers nothing but terrible jokes on the subject.

I’m not even going to spend time trying to segue from shortbread to Polynesia (the inspiration for the design)… this track jacket looks cool, there seems to be a lot of detail in the design, although the pics are a bit small (one of the few problems I have with the Big Cartel powered stores), the colourway works well, and there’s a bit of print on the collar too which is pretty unusual.

Here’s their blurb:

A superb collab between the infamous Z-Spot (of Strange Famous Records forum fame) and Zagadka- two Z’s in full effect.

Z-Spot has hand illustrated a Polynesian inspired design which is printed atop a cloud of lime and cream. A removable green fabric covered button is yours to place wherever you’d like!

Jacket is 100% cotton in a light weight french terry full zip up with cadet collar.

Costiness=$36 Link


83-C by Adidas @ Karmaloop

by Andy on February 22, 2008

83-C track jacket by Adidas @ Karmaloop

I think that this might be the first time that I’ve posted a track jacket that might actually be appropriate at the track… can you feel history being made?

I think that if I was to wear this in the UK, I would be labeled a chav, and with good reason too, I can imagine a British teen wearing this track jacket whilst sat at a bus stop slanging abuse at whoever walks past. But I’d like to think that in areas that aren’t teeming with loutish youths that wearing this jacket wouldn’t cause old people to immediately fear you, and instead allow you to enjoy it for what it is, a nice throw-back to classic Adidas styling without going to overboard with the retroness.

Costiness=$80 Link


RH V.I.P by Adidas @ Karmaloop

by Andy on January 29, 2008


You know what’s cool about this track jacket? You’ve gotta look pretty damn close to tell that its made by one of the largest sportswear manufacturers in the world. I like that, I know that people stay away from companies like Nike and Adidas precisely because they don’t want to feel as if they’re being treated like a walking billboard, and its pieces like this that I find refreshing, of course, the fact it costs about double what I’d expect to find on an Adidas pricetag probably has something to do with the lack of branding, but its still refreshing.The cherry and gold colourway is pretty gorgeous, especially as it is set off by the little black pattern up around the shoulders and arms (which does include some teeny-tiny little Adidas logos).

Costiness=$86 Link


Powder Moves by LRG @ Karmaloop

by Andy on January 28, 2008

Powder Moves track jacket by LRG @ Karmaloop

I went snowboarding once, I have some ankle problems and figured that just strapping myself to a board where my ankles wouldn’t move was the best option… I was wrong, as it turns out people that don’t have great balance off the snow aren’t that well suited to sliding down a mountain in Austria!This is a pretty cool looking track jackets, the colourway is nicely balanced and subdued, although I would quite like to see the print on a black background, I think that might suit it more. The way that the winter-y scene rolls all the way around the body is quite interesting as well.

Costiness=$67.50 Link


Rewind by Obey @ Karmaloop

by Andy on January 22, 2008

Rewind track jacket by Obey @ Karmaloop
Just a thought; does anyone make mixtapes for anyone nowadays? Mixtapes on cassettes? Everyone did that. CDs? Yup, and you could even make your own album art too. MP3s? Not so much. Does anyone remember romance?

Obey have a pretty good view from the top of the mountain when it comes to the streetwear world, and with good reason. I like the way that the print happily bounds across the zipper, and the black sits well on top of the heather grey, and I’m always a fan of a funnel neck on a track jacket. I’m not so sure about the bits on top of the shoulders though, what are they called? I get the feeling its something to do with flying or pilots?

Costiness=$54 Link



by Andy on June 7, 2006


Just a quick and mainstream recommendation today. I found this Volcom track jacket whilst I was searching around quite a cool looking store called “Standard Style Boutique“. There aren’t very many items there that run cheap, but there’s still decent products to be had. Also, with large stores like this there tends to always be some bargains in the sale section. For example, the volcom track jacket is 50% off.

Costiness=$31 URL Nico from says that they only ship to the US, damn them.

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But, but, I bruise like a peach!

by Andy on May 24, 2006

I must be entirely honest and admit that I didn’t actually recognise this quote, but something clicked in my brain that said “Andy, that is totally from a movie. Google it, then get a pitta bread.” About 10 seconds later I found out that the quote is from legendary 80s Van Damme kickbox-a-thon “Bloodsport“, though curiously it has not been deemed a memorable quote by the powers-that-be at IMDB. I then ate a pitta bread.

It’s a pretty simple track jacket, words and a stock kickboxer silhouette, but its pretty effective, and the off-vertical text gives it a bit of a DIY feel (or has the little ninjutsu man kicked the letters so hard they’ve moved?)

Costiness=$48 from Tiny Factory.


An Imaginary Track Jacket

by Andy on May 8, 2006


Embroidery on clothing does seem to make it feel a bit more luxurious than regular screen-printing, even if excessive stitchery has a tendency to render the fabric less flexible.

The Imaginary Foundation is a think-tank of free-thinkers who wanted to “eliminate set conventions in favor [sic for Brits] of the humorous,
the abstract and the visionary”. Frankly, I don’t care what they do as long as the merch is nice. It is!

As I alluded (sp?) to earlier, this track jacket has an embroidered logo, which has a pretty funky font, which I assume is abstract and humorous. Its hard to make out from the picture but the there are two colours in the logo, my favourite light blue for ‘the’ and ‘foundation’ and some classic white for ‘imaginary’.

Costiness=$70 (free thought costs) from The Imaginary Foundation.

*Early post today because my classmates and I are going out to celebrate the completion of our dissertations (10,000 words, 1 years research and work) and I don’t trust myself to post after an evenings revelry.*


It’s all very nice

by Andy on April 24, 2006


It’s not every day that you see someone taking the time to have a stitched design rather than regular screenprinting. That’s why this track jacket from Double D Apparel caught my eye (and yes, the name is about boobs), its pretty simple, with a vertical design, but that would serve to frame the body, and whatever you were wearing underneath.

Oh, and everything Double D produce comes ‘supersized’, which is great for us big guys, but the skinny hipsters (I know you’re out there!) should bear that in mind if considering a purchase.

Costiness=$100 Australian, which is about $75 USD, from Nice Produce.


Total Sausage Fest

by Andy on April 12, 2006


I stumbled upon the Handsome Sausage a couple of days ago, and they’ve got some great designs available.

I recommend the sawboy design ($45 Paypal) which I would best describe as a mexican cowboy riding a giant jigsaw cutter, or maybe its a tiny man, its hard to know. The print runs right across the back, because they’ve included the power cord, mmmm, reality.

It comes in a few colours as either a hoody or a track jacket, and if you e-mail the Handsome Sausage they’ll customise items to your hearts content.

*Thanks to Rafael (the handsome=-est of sausages) for sorting out a picture*

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Hot stuff

by Andy on February 28, 2006


This is one out of my personal collection (kidding), electric pink with a crazy cartoon van/bus on the side? Love it! If it were avaliable in a different colour (dark grey perhaps) and not just in size small, then I probably would enjoy finding it in my wardrobe.

Produced by Doko clothing (excellent website, if a bit sparse), straight out of Shoreditch, London. They don’t have an online store, but you can buy a wide-range of their goods from the urbanity store (link at the end of the post).

Costiness=£30 (down from £40) at the Urbanity Store.

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Up, Up, and Away

by Andy on February 9, 2006

ASCNDAP_trackjacket_grey I don’t really know anything about Ascend Apparel except they clearly have the same thrist for design that I do, and we’re both trying to quench that bad boy (bad boy=the thrist). Also, their clothes actually have proper models for them, which sure does make the blog a whole lot more attractive.

I’ve picked out a pretty simple track jacket, perhaps the first on HYA which is a logo jacket (though it isn’t the actual Ascend logo). The white piping gives it a bit of detail to set it out a bit from most other simple options online. Check out the rest of their store for some tees that are screenprinted with some arguably more interesting images.



I trust ‘em

by Andy on February 8, 2006

NAIVCL_mapjogggerNaive clothing have some pretty schweetl looking gear in their store (run by the pretty looking Merchline), their style is kind of like art on t-shirts, I’m definitely bookmarking them for future reference.

Their selection of hoodies isn’t wide, but like most stores I feature the quality makes up for it, I’ve picked out this ‘Map’ jogger, with it’s bigger-than-average print and the way the map just casually slides across the zip in the middle, you know you’re getting something a little bit different, and that’s why you’re here right?

Costiness=$30 and it’s only available in XL, take that you thin losers!


Calm down

by Andy on February 7, 2006

strhess hemorrageFeels like a fair old while since I raved about a track-jacket, so let’s get back on track, you don’t want a hood all the time, right?

Strhess clothing, run by a guy called Derek Hess (who appears to be rather a busy man, a tour and a fest? The UK tour happened to swing by my city last month but I missed it), has some rather nice items for sale at their store. I did find many of the same items on sale at another webstore for almost 50% than the prices at the official Strhess store, so if you ever see anything of theirs on sale at another site, check if it’s in stock at their store, hopefully you’ll get the best deal that way.

Anywho, onto my pick of the bunch, I like the hemorrhage line of hoodies, it’s in keeping with Derek’s artistic style, no soft shapes here, there’s a certain amount of energy that can be found in his sketch like designs, it certainly does make for an interesting print when it’s on clothing rather than paper. The trail of blood kicks-ass too…

It comes in three different colours (a white zip-up, dare I?), sizes up to 2XL, and costiness=$40.

This is probably the first time I’ve ever written about something from Cleveland (Sthress HQ), but it’s not a prejudice thing, I used to enjoy the Drew Carey show, and Halle Berry can shake her wobbly bits at me anytime.


Shimmy Shimmy Quarter Turn

by Andy on January 22, 2006

Whether you like the synth-power-pop stylings of HelloGoodbye or not, this is still a pretty nice track jacket. If you been trying to get a bit of variety in your wardrobe (mine’s pretty dark, and summer is sneaking up on us) then this could be a pretty decent option.

P.S. why is it that DriveThruRecords make it so hard to link to stuff in their store?

Price: $38 Sizes: S-XL URL


Fly me to the moon…

by Andy on January 21, 2006

Aeropostale's clothes look yummy like chocolate!Looks like Aeropostale are having a clearance sale, with up to 60% off some of their retro-esque designs. There are bargains aplenty to be had, and whilst they don’t quite accomodate my size, it would just be mean not to let you guys know about it. My personal favourite at the momento has to be the simple and damn cheap track jacket that you can see over there –>

Ooh, first proper post, no real visitors, I guess no ones really gonna hear about the bargains to be had.

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