If you remember a while back there was this store I always posted called Vintage Vantage. Well, they closed down a couple years ago and I was sad. Today, I’m happy, because they’re back, though under a new name: Buy Me Brunch. As their email says, it’s the “Same people, softer t-shirts, brand new name and website.” They had the most comfortable t-shirts ever before, so if they’re even softer…well, it’s gonna be awesome. Anyway, check out their new (and old) offerings at the Buy me Brunch site. You’ll definitely be seeing shirts from them in the future on troundup.
Much like Coty, when I read the subject on Local Tees email to me and saw their name, I didn’t have high expectations. Preconceptions are made to be broken though (that’s the saying right?), because Local Tees has a bunch of great designs. Local Tees is founded on the concept of high quality tees, printed in limited edition, numbered runs (more on that directly from them at the bottom of the post). It’s a cool idea, especially when the designs are great…which they are. I’ve picked four of my favorites, but you should check them all out.
Definitely expect more posts about these guys in the future.
Local Tees was established in 2010 and was born based on an original idea, with that concept in mind, Local Tees was born and created by Three locals that began with a clear ambition of creating high-end limited edition t-shirts. With a specially chosen, high quality fabric, where the artwork is represented on 50 tees each with an edition number, ensuring no reprints will be forced.
We believe in building an international network by collaborating with artists that represent ground-breaking self made inspiring artwork, to showcase the exceptional talents from all around the world.
I just got an email about a mini-documentary on Threadless’ incredible growth as purveyors of t-shirts. In the documentary they interview Jake Nickel (founder of Threadless), as well as other Threadless employees, designers, and general enthusiasts. I recommend you give it a watch.
You can find the original post on the documentary over at Motherboard.
I’m sad to announce that Vintage Vantage, one of my favorite tee companies, will be closing up shop for good. After 9 years of selling some awesome and comfortable shirts, they will be done. It’s a sad day.
I guess some good does come out of it though: They have to clean out all their stock, which means every shirt of theirs is on sale for $9.50. That’s a bargain.
Go over and check out the stuff. Help them close with a bang, rather than the dreaded whimper.
The folks over at 5733, who are quite cool, have made their first foray into the retail t-shirt store arena. I believe the store is located in Oakland, which is about as far away from me as possible, unfortunately.
However, if you’re lucky enough to be in the area, I recommend you go over and check it out. I’m not sure if it’s quite open for business yet, but by looking at the pictures (below), it seems to be well on its way to awesomeness.
5733 has also been kind enough to offer Troundup a coupon code for their online store. You can use the code TRoundup to get 25% off any shirts purchased online. That’s a big discount! I’ve also updated (and created) the fiftyseven-thirtythree (5733) coupon page. They’ve got great shirts, and they’ve been supporting TRoundup through their ads for awhile, which makes them extra extra cool.
Check out their online store for instant gratification, and check out the pics of their retail store below for photo’ey goodness.
P.S. If you’ve got some time and an itch to save money, go ahead and check out all the t-shirt coupons that we have.
I don’t usually post press releases, but I thought this one was somewhat interesting. I have mixed feelings. On one side, I recognize American Apparel’s right to not have people sell unembellished clothing articles at wholesale prices. However, my more self-centered side, which has benefited from wholesale American Apparel gear in the past, laments that he can no longer find stuff for cheap, because American Apparel’s prices can be somewhat high. Oh well, read about it below. What are your thoughts on the matter? Shoot me a comment (if you care).
American Apparel Sues Violators of Intellectual Property Rights, Wholesale Policy,
LOS ANGELES — American Apparel (Amex: APP), the vertically integrated clothing manufacturer based in downtown Los Angeles, has recently filed lawsuits against resellers who have violated the company’s intellectual property rights and wholesale policy by selling unembellished blank American Apparel garments. The company plans to file further suits against other noncompliant individuals and companies as well.
Since opening its first retail stores in 2003, American Apparel has privately intervened in situations where wholesale customers are reselling its products on the open market. These resellers often infringe upon American Apparel’s intellectual property rights by using copyrighted photographs and artwork to sell its products in violation of the company’s terms and conditions, which clearly prohibit the resale of blank American Apparel products.
“What some customers choose to ignore is that intellectual property is just that: property. The law prohibits this type of theft, regardless of intention, knowledge or profit,” said Joyce Crucillo, chief litigation counsel for American Apparel.
American Apparel is now taking aggressive steps to protect its intellectual property, brand and business by enforcing its resale policy, which allows buyers to resell garments only after altering or screenprinting. On January 14, 2010, the company initiated a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against a former online retailer of American Apparel product, NYCBlanks.com, for copyright infringement, trademark infringement, unfair competition and false advertising, whereby it sought in excess of $1,000,000 in damages as well as injunctive relief. The case recently settled, with NYCBlanks.com admitting liability and agreeing to cease the resale of American Apparel product and pay a sizeable amount to resolve the issue.
I really like Pirate Bath Clothing’s style–the designs are clean and simple but still attractive and cool. I really, really like them. I’ve noticed more and more big all-over prints, so this is a refreshing addition. It looks like every shirt comes with the design on front and either blue or black stripes on the back.
Jodi, the person behind Pirate Bath, has been hand painting all the shirts herself in the garage. But…she wants to start screen printing, but as some people know that can be kind of expensive at the beginning. So check out her kickstarter page and donate or buy some shirts!
Local Celebrity just sup’d up their website and added a bunch of new features. First off, they created the A-List, which when you become a member (it’s easy and free), allows you to buy their shirts for only $22. They also added a daily deal for A-Listers, in which you can grab a shirt for $12. It’s a pretty sweet bargain.
They also added some other cool stuff such as a blog and celebrity sightings page, as well as a general overhaul of the design in general. It’s a pretty sweet change, and I recommend you all go check it out. Stay tuned here for up-to-date coupons.
PS. Look for (hopefully) more regular postings coming soon.
Gino from Color Overload just emailed me about his new ebook, Fuel for Design. From the man himself, “Fuel for Design is a complete guide on how to start a clothing line and is packed full of the latest t-shirt business and marketing tips.”
I usually get a couple emails a month asking me for tips on selling shirts, etc. Unfortunately, I don’t really have any experience myself, so I can never answer that question. Now I can just point this question to Gino’s book. I’m sure he knows what he’s talking about, given that he’s behind an awesome set of shirts over at Color Overload.
So, if you’re looking to learn how to start a clothing line, don’t email me, just read about it from the man himself.
I just came across Tee Fury, which is another type of design competition. They sell one shirt a day, and once it’s gone, it’s gone for good. One thing I really like about them is their site design. It’s simple, easy on the eyes, and easy to navigate, all huge pluses in my book.
I also like the prices, $9 for a unique t-shirt is pretty damn good. Let’s just hope the quality is up-to-par. Finally, I like that they don’t slam you on shipping. Shipping is only $2 in the US, which is the best i’ve seen (other than the free shipping on shirt.woot.).
So check them out, and especially check out today’s design, which I will be most likely purchasing.