10 Tips From 10 Great Indie Brands (Part II)

Can you believe it guys? Another 10 Indie Tee Spotlights have come and gone. How the time zooms by when you’re having fun, huh! So just like last time, I’ve got a wrap up post for your consumption containing ten, count em’ TEN  great tips from the last 10 featured Indie Tee Spotlight brands. Enjoy with tea and a comfy tee!

1. Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously. “When we first began brainstorming ideas and concepts for shirts we thought we were going to revolutionize the t-shirt world. However, as we began studying our competition and becoming familiar with the t-shirt blogging scene we realized that a lot of people not only had the same ideas, but were sometimes better executed. It made me realize that we can’t take ourselves too seriously.” -Steve Orlando of Robit Studios

2. Hating Your Day Job Can Spark Inspiration. “We both really wanted to start our own tshirt company, with designs we couldnt find in stores. It also helps we both hate our day jobs. Ill never forget checking out Emptees for the first time and saying wow, this stuff is amazing I really want to wear this. ” -Brothers Jason and Jeff of Zombie Liquorice

3. Trial and Error Works. “There is so much knowledge available on the internet for the taking. The key is being able to sift through it. And then once you think you’ve sifted through all you can handle you take the plunge and start to put your money on the line and test things out. So my whole shop, process, everything came from being willing to learn and never be too set in my ways, which is something I think a lot of people get hung up on. You have to be fluid.” -Jon Wye of Jon Wye

4. Your Brand Should Mean The World To You. “It’s such an amazing and beautiful thing to be at the helm of a boundless and opportunistic endeavor. The identity, personality and collective attributes of my brand are nothing short of what time, frugality, devotion and hard work can produce. Prestigious means the world to me.” -William Matte, Jr. of Prestigious Clothing

5. Create Something That You Would Wear and Won’t Lose It’s Appeal. “That’s a good question. There’s no real formula or specific criteria here, but generally each shirt should be something that (a) we think is inventive, humorous or unique (and hence, won’t lose its appeal over time) and (b) something that we ourselves would wear out in public.” -Travis Greenwood of Found Item Clothing

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Glorious Nonsensities 2×06: Crazy Bananas, Endgame Clothing and Chess

In this episode I wear You Crazy Banana! by Word! Apparel and review two tees that I received from Endgame Clothing, a brand that specializes in designing tees made for and designed by people that love the game of chess. As always, enjoy with tea and a comfy tee!

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Coty’s Thoughts:

3Kings & Trophy designed by Endgame Clothing. Good: These tees fit perfectly on me, tagless print for extra comfort, fabric is incredibly soft and so is the ink, awesome designs that can be easily worn by both chess players and non chess players. Bad: I preferred 3Kings over Trophy, no real complaints about these two tees. Price: $24.99.

3Kings by Endgame Clothing

Trophy by Endgame Clothing

You Crazy Banana! by Word! Apparel. This week’s starter shirt can be purchased for a limited time from Word! Apparel. Get this tee now before it’s gone forever, plus, who doesn’t like bananas – especially crazy ones. Price: $16.99.

You Crazy Banana by Word! Apparel

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