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I genuinely dislike posting about when clothing companies cease to exist, it would just be so much nicer if every t-shirt company (that I like) existed forever in one form or another, but unfortunately most t-shirt companies aren’t too big to fail, and their passing only has an effect on those of us that liked wearing their tees. I did like wearing Vintage Vantage’s tees, because they were damn soft, but I can only assume that not enough people were aware of the quality product they were putting out, because if you bought one of their shirts you’d be likely to buy another.

Still, they’ve got stock to shift and you guys may want to take it off their hands, especially with most of their shirts on half price or less.

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Saturn T-shirt by Vintage Vantage

by Andy on May 26, 2010

saturn t-shirt

I like this design, in fact, I like it enough that I don’t want anyone to tell me what the Japanese writing says, because I get the feeling that the cheeky chappies at Vintage Vantage may have made it something naughty. If I remember correctly, you can get 20-something percent off your order at Vintage Vantage with the coupon code hideyourarms, but if that doesn’t work, I got a tip that you can get 33% off (which is clearly superior to my code) with the code facebook.

Costiness=$19.50 Buy it at Vintage Vantage


Science T-shirt by Vintage Vantage

by Andy on February 23, 2010

science t-shirt

I really like the simplicity of this design, and the stark use of ‘science’ with nothing esle to contextualise it does raise a smile. Unfortunately the tee is only available in size XL in green and size small in black, though looking at the sales of the HYA tee, most of you guys are those sizes anyway.

Costiness=$19.50 Buy it at Vintage Vantage


I can tick off another aspect of my t-shirt collection, no one had ever sent me a t-shirt with glow in the dark ink on it, so when I was offered another review sample from the gang over at Vintage Vantage I thought I’d indulge my love of clothing that glows and lights up by asking for to send over their design with glow in the dark ink on it, which is appropriately called ‘Glow in the Dark.’

I wore this last Saturday night, and I got at least four comments from the people I was out with (all girls – that’s how I roll!) asking whether it actually glowed in the dark. I assured them it did, but that we’d need to go somewhere pitch black for them to be able to see it properly, needless to say, my ladies can’t be tricked by such lines and I went home alone that evening!

It does glow in the dark though, as the .gif below attests, but the effect isn’t that dramatic, as is often the case with glow in the dark clothing, you actually do need to be in near-complete darkness for the effect to be good and clear. I had thought that it might be quite funny if a t-shirt that has “glow in the dark” written on it didn’t actually glow in the dark, just because of the way that the tee would set you up for something that may or may not exist.

Vintage Vantage have a pretty decent knack for creating a a tee which feels as if it might be many years old, that is to say, they do achieve their aims in attempting to create a tee with a vintage look and feel. The cut of their tees is good too, at a guess I’d say that they’re about as wide as an American Apparel tee, but maybe an inch to an inch and a half shorter, which is a better fit for me personally as I sometimes find that AA tees can run a little bit long. The print quality feels great, I can’t really tell the difference between a regular print from Vintage Vantage and this glow in the dark ink, but since I’ve never had a glowing tee before I don’t know if there should actually be a difference, either way, it feels good.

Costiness=$22.50 Buy it from Vintage Vantage


Vintage Vantage get fresh, kinda modern

by Andy on September 11, 2008

Y’know, you leave a company alone for a few months and the next time you check in they’ve gone and had a facelift, its like when you see a girl you know from high school that has become almost inexplicably hot (not that Vintage Vantage was an uggo to start with). They’ve also got a load of new tees for you to enjoy (only a few of which are in the above gallery), some of which don’t seem all that vintage in their style, although perhaps ‘vintage’ style has pervaded society so completely that their designs are vintage, and I just can’t tell anymore.

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Here’s a surprising change in direction, RandomShirts, whose back catalogue largely consists of single-colour pun-based tees, have released their summer line, and there’s not a pun amongst the bunch!

In fact, they seem to have gone for a self-motivation theme, but I would suspect that its ironic self-motivation, so that’s alright. When I look at the designs, I can’t help but be reminded of Vintage Vantage, is anyone else getting that feeling? I guess that’s just because they’re both retro-styled, and the way that the characters look like they’re straight out of a 70s school textbook.

In another change for RandomShirts, the new designs are being printed on American Apparel tees.


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Exercising Demons by Vintage Vantage

by Andy on April 7, 2008


I think we all know that I’m a lover of puns, I’ll use them whenever I can, no matter how bad they are and how much they make my friends groan, I guess you could say I’m a pun addict (almost as much as alliteration), but you also might have noticed that I rarely write about clothing that has a pun-based design. They usually make me groan, and if they do make me laugh I feel a bit guilty about it because I’ve always been of the opinion that puns are just a cheap laugh when it comes to tees, but I guess that’s just snobbery, puns can be funny, people like them, so why should I just neglect such a large section of the tee-world?

Exercising Demons by Vintage Vantage

The Vintage Vantage team have come up with a great vintage-style image here. It really has the feel of an illustration that you’d find in an old book from the 70s that tried to teach you the proper techniques to use in a workout… except its some dudes from the underworld that are trying to ‘max the envelope’ and sculpt their guns.

Exercising Demons by Vintage Vantage

Vintage Vantage know what they’re doing when it comes to quality, you’ll struggle to find anyone else that comes close to them for trying to reproduce an authentic vintage-style t-shirt. The tees are soft and pleasingly stretchy if you need them to be, with a fade on the print that has more of a vintage-look than most distressed prints that you see, although I guess that might be because the image itself has a vintage illustration style to it. I found the tee to be a little bit long for my tastes, but since it is pretty well fitted and stretchy it wasn’t billowing around, so I didn’t find it too much of an issue. From my experience of the last batch of VV tees I received, they stand up well to repeated washes, although if you get oil on them whilst eating fried chicken then you might struggle to get it out, but admittedly that’s not exactly a regular tee test!

Costiness=$22.50 Links:Mens/Womens

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Yup, that title is a reference to a song released more than seven years ago, wassuuuuupppp with the dated pop culture references? Well, Vintage Vantage offer old looking tees, so I thought I’d go back in time a bit as well, clever, eh?

Along with bunch of new releases, VV seems to have been popping off coupon codes to bloggers like sweet, sweet candy, and we’ve all been chowing down on the sugar because they’ve been rather generous and given us a coupon code that knocks 21% off your order, and the coupon code will work forever. Even if people are Googling about in a couple of years time for Vintage Vantage coupon codes and find this page, the code will work. Hurrah!

Just enter the coupon code hideyourarms2 during the checkout and the 21% discount will be applied to your order.

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