Huge 2009 Sneak Peak From Glennz Tees

Sometimes you find things while surfing InternetLAND that you get your super excited – and this got me super excited! While I was perusing the Behance Network, I came across one of my favorite tee designers, Glenn Jones of Glennz Tees. Anyhow, Glenn posted on his Behance page a treasure trove of ongoing tee concepts (13 total) for Glennz Tees, many of which will probably be printed sometime in 2009 and some of which might never see the light of day. You can check them out on Glennz Behance page or just click on the images below!

Crash Test, Office Chat, and MacGyver’s Mailbox are probably my favorites. But, they are all so good! Glenn has an amazing way of creating witty and fun designs – he must be a very clever guy! What do you guys think? Which designs do you love? 

Office Chat

MacGyvers Mailbox

Crash Test

T-Shirts Are Keepers: How Many Do You Hold On To?

Do people become so attached to certain T-Shirts that the thought of tossing them is not even thinkable? According to a survey that was done by tee company Blue Cotton, 4 out of 5 Americans hold on to a sentimental t-shirt. And I don’t doubt that, I’ve got tons of tees in my closet that are years old, from high school even, that I can’t bear to let go of.

Out of 1000 of those that were surveyed, 47% of held on to a vacation tee, 30% kept hold of a business tee from a past employer and 27% did not want to let go of an old concert tee.

“A glimpse into someone’s t-shirt drawer is like a stroll through his or her past,” said Mike Coffey, CEO of BlueCotton and still owner of all-time favorite orange short-sleeve Hanes Beefy-T, with navy and white BlueCotton oval-shaped logo. “A Little League championship, a first concert, a family vacation, a cherished alma mater, your own business – every person’s list is like a snapshot of their personality. And if someone hasn’t kept any old shirts, that can be telling, too. T-shirts may seem casual, but their appeal is anything but. When they’re linked to a powerful memory, why let them go?”

Definitely check out the press release, they’ve got the full story covered and even dissect the surveys major findings. Click on the image below to see a bar graph showing the different percentages of what tee people decided to keep. Thanks to Rochelle Srigley from Edge Communications for sending me link to the press release. 

outlook

48 percent: A shirt picked up on vacation
30 percent: From a business or employer
27 percent: From a concert
27 percent: From a favorite professional or college sports team
23 percent: From a run/walk to raise money for a favorite charity
18 percent: From one’s alma mater
17 percent: From participating on a sports team
12 percent: From a church event
6 percent: From an election, political party
4 percent: From a fraternity/sorority

New Seibei Spring 2009 Line Released

Finally! David from Seibei has been teasing us with hints of the new release on Twitter since last week and he has finally unleashed them to the world! And since I’m probably the only blogger awake at the moment I’ll be the first to blog about it (advantage Hawaii!). 

The Seibei Spring 2009 Collection does not disappoint. I love it! I love em’ all! And I have to say, Seibei did an excellent job with the product shots – they are splendid. I had to chop them off a bit for the post so be sure to check out the Seibei shop for the full size images. 

Taco Dinosaur is an excellent follow up to Sandwich Dinosaur! What spinoff can we expect next? Cookie Dinosaur? La Moutant Rouge has the recognition of 1. being the lone text only tee in the Seibei shop and 2. having the most awesomest name in the world. And of course, I’ll Never Stop Pooping, designed by Jimmy Heartcore, is disgustingly delicious! 

The tees range in price from $21 to $22. Pick up one of these tees today and save some cash cash cash! Use the coupon code “COTY” for 10% off your entire order at Seibei!

Seibei

Taco Dino

La Mutant Rouge

I'll Never Stop Pooping

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Pirate Chefs by Jon Wye

Here’s the newest tee from designer t-shirt and belt maker, Jon Wye. It’s called Pirate Chefs and it’s a play on the old skull and crossbones concept. It’s part of a new series that will include an upcoming Pirate Chefs belt (see a preview of the artwork of the Pirate Chefs belt below). 

I like it! And I can actually see Jon taking this a bit further and building on this Pirate Chefs line by including other tees and belts. I’m interested to see the rest of the artwork for the belt and the characters that will be included on it. Might some of those characters carry on to a future Pirate Chefs tee? What about a Pirate Chefs belt buckle? There’s so much you can do with this, Jon!

Pirate Chefs by Jon Wye

Pirate Chefs Belts Preview

Design A Tee for Kings of Leon

Design By Humans has been working with some incredible bands as of late. First it was Fleetwood Mac and now they’ve hooked up with the Grammy award winning group, Kings of Leon. Submit a design to the Kings of Leon Special T-Shirt Design Contest and you might win the following:

1st Place
$1,500 cash
2 Autographed Lithographs
2 KOL Concert Tickets

2nd Place
$750 cash and $250 DBH Store Credit

3rd Place
$500 cash and $150 DBH Store Credit

Coty Loves Threadless #2

And the Seesmic experiment continues! If you missed Episode #1 of Coty Loves Threadless be sure to check it out – I explain a little bit about what this is all about! If you’re on Seesmic then video reply and let me know what you think about this weeks Threadless releases and if you’re not on Seesmic then comment away below! Enjoy with tea and a comfy tee!

Here’s a direct link for my RSS readers – Coty Loves Threadless #2 on Seesmic.

98 Different Creatures! by Daniel Abensour is my Threadless Pick of the Week!

98 Different Creatures! by Daniel Abensour

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Indie Tee Spotlight #19: 410 BC

This week’s Indie Tee Spotlight is a treat! I had the opportunity to chat with the ladies (and fellas as I learned) that run 410 BC. It’s such an awesome milestone since this marks the first time I’ve actually got to interview women for Indie Tee Spotlight and actually get the female perspective on the t-shirt business. Mike from 410 BC also gets to add in his two cents here and there!

If you’re not familiar with 410 BC then you should be. This indie brand based out of New York is a clothing brand that is truly an artist collective, having collaborated with many talented artists and sponsored some amazing musicians.

Interestingly, the 410 BC brand name refers to monumental date in which Democracy was restored in Athens. 410 BC strives to stray from the norm and produce quality garments with ethical consumerism in mind. For more information on 410 BC, be sure to check out this video review I did of Skate Wolf, a tee from one of 410 BC’s older lines. 

410 BC Wolf Classic

Coty: What’s the story behind 410 BC, when and how did you ladies hook up? What prompted you to start your own clothing brand?

Nicole: We started 410 BC in our first year of college, but initially we were just designing and screen printing shirts by hand. It was something we did completely for fun, just to make unique clothes for our friends and ourselves. A lot of people loved what we were doing and that’s when the business really took root.

Victoria: What prompted me to get involved with the brand was that I really loved the fact that 410 BC is an artist collective. I saw right away what a unique opportunity it was. I think that 410 BC is very different from a lot of what is out there and that’s why it couldn’t just stay a hobby.

Coty: 410 BC seems to be a dominating force in the primarily male driven indie clothing industry. What were some of the earlier challenges that you all encountered during the early days of 410BC?

Nicole: The biggest challenge we faced was definitely being in college full time and running a business. When 410 BC started to grow and a lot of people showed an interest in what we were doing, it got really tough balancing everything. I’d have a 30-page paper due and Rachel would be studying for some crazy econ exam and then we’d get all these orders. Luckily we had other people to help out, people who are an integral part of 410 BC today.

Rachel: Just what Nicole said, that was definitely the hardest obstacle we faced in the beginning. Without the help from our friend Jillian, Victoria, Nicole’s brother Mike, my sister, and all our friends who helped 410 BC grow and make it what it is, I don’t know where we’d be. But that’s one of my favorite things, is that we are a group. There’s nothing better than working with your family and friends. I do want to add though that in a lot of ways being in college helped 410 BC more than anything, especially in terms of networking. In terms of being a brand that was started by women, that has only helped us as well. Women have a great deal of influence in the economy as consumers, especially in retail. We have a large female customer base that appreciates the fact that 410 BC isn’t completely run by men. I think we’re very balanced because we work with an equal amount of men and women and we’re not just catering to one gender.

Unicorn and Eye of the Beholder

Coty: You’ve just released the new 410 BC Spring 2009 Collection. What is it about this new collection that has got you excited?

Mike: I like this collection because it’s very cohesive and I just dig all the designs in general.

Nicole: I like how these designs are more simple and classic. We kind of went back to our roots with this. Also having more color options!

Loose Lips

Coty: What’s your favorite piece from the new collection?

Nicole: Either the Loose Lips Sink Ships tee or the mythical beast Unicorn tee.

Mike: Save Me From Technology and all the script logo tees.

Rachel: I really like everything, but I’m mostly excited for the “Polis” line that’s coming out on April 10th.

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All For Love $5 Clearance Sale

Matt Rupp from All For Love Apparel is having a huge sale over at his online store. Most of his tees can now be had for 5 bucks. Such a good deal! He had to make the dramatic cuts in order to pay for some medical expenses. Show Matt you have a heart and pick up a tee all in the name of love! We wish you the best, Matt!

All For Love Clearance Sale

Hawaii Featured In T-Shirt Magazine #48

Kristine McGlinchey, contributing writer over at T-Shirt Magazine, features Hawaii in her National Scene column in the most recent issue of T-Shirt Magazine. And guess who made the post – yours truly! That’s right, Kristine posted a quick blurb about me and my Hawaii based tee blog. As a side note, I also began writing interviews for T-Shirt Magazine as well so be on the look out for my contributing articles. In this issue I interviewed designer Nick Guenzler. 

In the article, Kristine also mentions a couple of Hawaii based tee brands, two of which I had no idea existed! Super Good For You actually got me pretty excited as I dig their style and so I’ll be sure to check them out sometime soon (they sell their goods in a boutique here on the island). Do The Hula was another featured Hawaii brand – not so excited about these guys, they look like they cater more towards the tourist crowd. 

Super Good For You

The last Hawaii brand mentioned was Local Motion, which is pretty huge here in the islands. They sell Local Motion branded T-Shirts as well as surf and beach accessories. Local Motion is actually one of the three big surf shops in Hawaii, the other two being Town & Country Surf Designs, better known as T&C, and Hawaiian Island Creations, known by the locals as HIC. You’ll find most of the kids here sporting one of these three brands whenever you head to the beaches down here. 

Local Motion

Olly Moss + Go Ape Sneak Peak

Olly Moss posted this on his Flickr and hinted that it would be an upcoming design on a future Go Ape shirt. It’s quite the epic – Robocop Crossing The Alps On A Unicorn. How do you think Hannibal would feel about this? I’m interested to see whether they will keep this black and white or will Olly be coloring this one up. What do you guys think of this upcoming tee? 

Robocop Crossing The Alps On A Unicorn