Edward Teabelly: A Jolly Good Brew

These T-Shirt from Edward Teabelly are just fabulous. If you’re going to do a T-Shirt brand with a theme centered around drinking and consuming beverages, like tea, then this is the way to go. The shirts are fun, spunky, and well designed. I’m a fan. Now where’s Mason Javabelly?

My favorite of the bunch featured here is the black and orange A Jolly Good Brew design. Each of the designs are printed on American Apparel tees and feature a woven neck tag and woven top hat sleeve tag. All three T-Shirts are available now from Edward Teabelly for £16.00.

Indie Tee Spotlight #28: Verde Styles Wins Pepsi Refresh Project

What would you do if you won $25,000 to to help fun your great idea? Well, luckily Verde Styles doesn’t have to worry about what they’ll do with $25,000 because they came up with a succinct plan that actually won them that exact amount from the Pepsi Refresh Project. Yes, that huge corporation that makes that very popular soft drink that you love to drink gave an independent T-Shirt company $25,000.

So what did CEO and Founder of Verde Styles, Nish Patel, and the rest of the Verde Styles team plan to do with the money? Read on and find out!

Coty: Tell us a little about the Pepsi Refresh Project and how you found out about it.

Nish: I found out about the Pepsi Refresh Project luckily through MTV considering I hardly every watch it.  The Pepsi Refresh Project provides grants to individuals, organizations, and businesses to make the world a better place by giving back. The categories of ideas range include health, culture, education, neighborhoods, and the planet. Thanks to our friends and family religiously voting every day, Verde Styles to 8th for The Planet and won a $25,000 grant.

Coty: Why did you think Verde Style was a perfect fit for the Pepsi Refresh Project?

Nish: Verde Styles was founded on the basis of becoming a business with a major social impact. By not only being profitable, but also helping the community at the same time. We make sure all of our products are made ethically and within the United States. Refreshing is a word which I think describes Verde Styles. Our hip and artistic approach to environmental problems is a refreshing outlook in our world today.

Coty: What were some of the ideas/goals that Verde Styles put forth for the Pepsi Refresh Project?

Nish: Verde Styles main goal is to spread awareness about the environment through our tees. With the grant money, we can now travel to other locations around the country to make our nation a “Verde Nation.” Another idea that we can now fund is a “Zero Carbon Footprint” event planned for Earth Day 2011. The event will be powered by energy generated from people pedaling bicycles.

Coty: Some of your ideas are pretty ambitious, like “Host 20 recycling drives around the nation.” Has it been tough trying to accomplish everything you said that you would do?

Nish: As a small company, it is always tough to organize and plan events while taking care of other things. Luckily, we have many of our friends helping us get the job done, from helping us organize recycling drives at college campuses to thinking of new designs for tees and products. We continue to stay ambitious by keeping our website fresh with a new tee every Wednesday along with a fun interactive Blog.

Coty: Verde Styles was awarded a $25,000 grant last August, what’s your progress been like so far?

Nish: We have been working hard to keep the ball rolling. Just this past October, we traveled to West Chester University and University of Pittsburg for two amazing events. Also, we participated in Sustainability Day on Temple University’s campus. For the future, we have started to plan events at music festivals around the country.

Coty: You guys set out to plant 3,000 brand new trees. How close are you to that number?

Nish: After our successful events this past October, we have reached 2000 trees planted. After we have reached our goal, we will continue to plant trees as well as help other causes that Verde Styles believes in.

Thanks again to Nish Patel for stopping by and sharing his story of how Verde Styles was able to accomplish something pretty amazing. For more information on Verde Styles, please visit their website, you can also purchase their T-Shirts there as well!

Something Strange, In Your Beverage…

It has been two weeks in a row now that Threadless has released a movie parody tee. Last week they poked fun at the Avatar phenomenon by infusing a little Smurf action into the design. This week they featured one of the most beloved geek movies of the 80′s, Ghostbusters!

Something Strange, In Your Beverage… by David Staffell features the nemesis from the original 1984 Ghostbusters film, Stay Puft. Speaking of Stay Puft, did you know that Dan Aykroyd actually came up with the concept for this character?

Dan Aykroyd conceived of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man for his initial script for Ghostbusters the movie. He created the character to show that if “You created this white monster to sell your products, and it seems harmless and puff and cute — but given the right circumstances, everything can be turned back and become evil.”

Something Strange, In Your Beverage... by David Staffell

Something Strange, In Your Beverage... by David Staffell

The Social Media Sommelier

Here’s a great interview that Chris Morrow from iReport did with the popular wine guru and social media expert, Gary Vaynerchuk. In the short video Gary talks a little about Twitter and more importantly, Search.Twitter, and how we can use this tool to optimize our personal brands. 

I have to admit that I am a huge fan of Gary and he was a big inspiration for me starting this blog. Anyone else out there reading this dig what @garyvee is doing? 

And of course, I must include a T-Shirt in the post, so here we go, some Gary Vaynerchuk inspired tees:

All three of these tee can be picked up from Wine Library. The first one is called lurker and it’s the perfect tee for those of us who, well, love to lurk. It’s normally priced at $15.99 but is on sale for just $9.99. 

Lurker by Gary Vaynerchuk

OAK MONSTER! Gary loves to talk about that Oak Monster and if you’re a fan of the Oak Monster this is the tee that you should rock. Unfortunately, it’s sold out – Booo!

Oak Monster by Gary Vaynerchuk

And finally, it’s the Fruit Bomb! And who doesn’t like a good fruit bomb once in a while, I know I don’t mind it at all. If you’re into over the top fruit bomb wines then pick up this Wine Library tee for $14.99. 

Fruit Bomb