Introducing The Origami Scarf

It’s a scarf, that you can fold and manipulate like you would origami. What’s not to like? Well, maybe the price. At ¥11,500 (~$150), it’s a little pricey. After all, origami is supposed to offer up cheap thrills.

The Origami Scarf is available now from Monomatopee for $150.

Origami Fox

I LOVE this Origami Fox T-Shirt by Square Thursday. You know what else love? The product shots. They’ve got awesome product shots. Seriously, awesome. Those models? Killer handsome. Check out all of the Square Thursday products, if only just to gawk at the hairy models.

Origami Fox is available now from Square Thursday for £20.

Speaking of Square Thursday, they’ve put together an awesome little animated promotional video. It’s worth checking out.

The Hello Kitty x KISS Collection

I actually found these Hello Kitty shirts to be pretty cute! Almost as cute as Gene Simmon’s twelve inch, ummm, tongue. With that said, these shirts, available exclusively at WeLoveFine, are damn adorable. I see that Miss Kitty has really been promiscuous as of late. Not only is she at Target and my corner grocery market (I’m not even kidding, check the candy aisle), but she’s also been caught on Johnny Cupcakes tees and now on WeLoveFine. That damn pussy cat needs to control herself.

The Hello Kitty x KISS Collection is available now from WeLoveFine and are priced at $25 a shirt.

“It’s time to rock ‘n’ roll all night, and kawaii every day!: The first six designs in the Hello Kitty x KISS Collection are now available online exclusively at WeLoveFine.com! From Detroit Rock City by way of Tokyo, Sanrio’s beloved flagship character joins forces with the legendary rock band KISS for an appealing mash-up of heavy metal cool and irresistable cuteness; WeLoveFine.com has the first apparel offering with t-shirts priced at $25 each.

It has been over 50 years that Sanrio has delighted the world with an assorted cast of adorable characters, though for decades Hello Kitty has held strong as the most popular and enduring character of all. Meanwhile, we are just shy of the 40th anniversary of KISS’s debut album; the heavy metal heroes have commanded one of the most dedicated fan bases in the history of rock with the KISS Army, and continue to amass more fans as time goes on. The unexpected match of cute and cool sensibilities makes for an amazing visual flair in the Hello Kitty x KISS collection – a co-branded license collaboration, making these products both official Sanrio and KISS merchandise! Plus, the one thing which both Hello Kitty and KISS fans unquestionably have in common is their passion for collecting all manner of awesome memorabilia featuring their favorites; with a variety of designs up now and more to come, WeLoveFine anticipates that this apparel line will be an must-have with collectors in both fan groups!”

Threadless Causes: Rebuild Japan + Many Hands

Yes, I have been posting a lot of charity T-Shirts the last couple of days, but hey, it really is the least that I can do. Here we have two more from Threadless, each of which is part of their Threadless Causes campaign. Every time there’s a natural disaster, Threadless has been very quick to respond by releasing a charity T-Shirt. And with the earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand they were as quick as usual. Both of the T-Shirts are priced at $20 with 100% of net proceeds from the sale of Rebuild Japan by Jason Yang will go to the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami fund. Likewise, 25% from the sale of Many Hands by David Creighton-Pester will go to Architecture for Humanity’s efforts to rebuild the city of Christchurch, New Zealand.

Aloha For Japan

FITTED is a very popular streetwear type brand that is based in Hawaii. They recently released a Japan benefit tee, Aloha For Japan, and it has been selling like crazy here in Hawaii. A friend of mine, last week, stopped by a local shop that sells FITTED gear, and he mentioned to me that people were putting their names down just so they could get their hands on this particular shirt. Clearly, a lot of people from Hawaii have ties to Japan, and so it’s no surprise that this shirt is a big hit here.

Aloha in the Hawaiian language means affection, love, peace, compassion and mercy.

Fortunately, if you live away from the islands, you can still pick up Aloha For Japan. The T-Shirt is available now on the FITTED online shop for $20. All profits from each T-Shirt sold will go directly to Japan relief efforts.

Note: Due to extremely high demand for these tees, orders will be shipped in order of invoice as the tees are printed. Please allow 2 – 4 weeks for expected delivery of the tees. They are also have these available in stores, however, due to the same reasons, there is now a waiting list.

Seibei Japan Benefit T-Shirt

It only makes sense that the good people (or person… David) would pitch in to help out with tsunami relief efforts in Japan. Not only does his brand have close ties to Japanese pop culture, but he also majored in Japanese literature. So it is no surprise that he is being VERY generous with his limited edition Seibei Japan benefit T-Shirt.

The tee is priced at $18, with all the profits going to Japan disaster relief. So, if you buy a Seibei relief tee, more than $10 of each T-Shirt sale will go directly to helping out the people of Japan. That’s pretty damn rad. Seibei will be taking orders up until March 25, so if you want one, now is the time to grab one. Do it.

NOTE: The tees will be shipped the week following March 25 and will never be available in this colorway again.

Design By Humans Helping Japan

Our friends over at Design By Humans have pitched in to help with Japan relief efforts with the release of their latest tee, Help Japan. Johnson Flores, a Philippines native and Design By Humans member, came up with the aqua blue, white, and red design. For every shirt that is sold (up until today), DBH will donate $3 to the American Red Cross. Hopefully, they decide to extend this donation offer.

Japan and Pacific Relief Threadless T-Shirt Challenge

Threadless once again is doing their part to help with disaster relief. It seems as if these disasters are occurring way to often for comfort. Still, it’s great to see a company like Threadless pitch in and lend a helping hand. The chosen design will help Japan rise from the rubble and provide aid to those people who need it most. Winners will receive $500 cash and $500 Threadless gift certificate. And of course, all proceeds from the printed T-Shirt will go to Japan relief efforts. Check out the challenge page here.

On March 11th, a magnitude 8.9 earthquake devastated Japan. The quake, officially the strongest in the country’s history, was followed by a massive Tsunami that swept away more than six miles of coastline. The disaster left hundreds dead and hundreds more still missing. With your help, tens of thousands of displaced Japanese citizens will rise from the rubble and begin the recovery process. Threadless will donate 25% from the sale of each tee to The American Red Cross’s Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami fund. The chosen design will be available for purchase at Threadless.

Buy Some Goodie Two Sleeves and Help With Japan Earthquake Relief

Our friends over at Goodie Two Sleeves is doing their part to help with earthquake relief efforts in Japan. For the entire month of March, 100% of proceeds from merchandise will go directly to the victims of the Japan earthquake. They have not yet selected a donation recipient (though they mention that it may likely be the Red Cross), but they assure that they will post when they a have chosen a responsible party to receive the money.

They’ve got tons of great stuff over at Goodie Two Sleeves, I’ve included some of their recent tees below, but if you don’t see something you like then be sure to stop their online shop because they have a large inventory and variety of T-Shirts designs and styles. Now go and pick up and awesome shirt and help a human smile again.

Los Angeles Trip Day 5

Day 5 T-Shirt: The Collaborate & Dream Series: Nicolo Nimor/Nick Automatic

Day 5 was the last day of our 2011 Los Angeles trip and we spent most of the time shopping, and you guessed it, eating! Our first shopping destination was Citadel Outlets. We first passed by Citadel on our way to Disneyland a few days prior. Let me tell, this outlet mall stands out because it really does look like a big medieval fortress. While we were there, we did some shopping but not as much as I had expected. I did pick up a few things from Billabong and Quicksilver (I usually stock up on shorts – a staple if you live in Hawaii) like I normally do. Though I was surprised that I left Nike and H&M empty handed. It’s okay, there’s always another time and another trip!

By the time we had finished shopping at Citadel it was midday and we were both quite hungry for some lunch. We decided to hit up a burger joint that had been on our itinerary a few days earlier but had decided to skip. The restaurant is called Umami Burger, and let me tell you, it is not to be missed. The flavors that you will get from these burgers are out-of-this-world good! And the onion rings, so delicious. I had my eyes set on the Triple Pork Burger (fresh ground pork, choriz0, and applewood smoked bacon with manchego cheese & pimenton aioli). Sounds nice and fatty, huh? I know, I was excited too! Unfortunately, they were out. What to do now? Two words: MANLY BURGER. This burger consists of beer-cheddar cheese, smoked salt onion rings, and bacon lardons. Good god did my mouth have an mouthgasm that day. Michelle had the signature Umami Burger and she swears that it was just as delicious. If you like burgers, try this place out!

Once we had our fill of the savory flavors of umami, we decided to do more … shopping! This time, we stopped by a little shop called Japan LA. It’s a small Japanese pop culture shop right off of Melrose Avenue. Think of it as Sanrio plus some. They’ve got a ton of Sanrio trinkets as well as other little Japanese oddities. It’s definitely a fun store. I hear they are nearly ready to move into a new, 4x bigger space, so if you’re into Japanese pop toys then you should definitely pay these guys a visit. One thing that I did notice during my visit to Japan LA were some Seibei goods. There were just a few Seibei tees and tanks left, but they did have the Make Me A Sandwich Dino tee!

You might see a pattern going on for Day 5: shop, eat, shop…so of course the next thing that we did was eat! we finally made it to the world famous Diddy Riese Cookies in Westwood, located near UCLA. Nothing in LA is cheap, except for Diddy Riese Cookies! You can score an awesome homemade ice-cream cookie sandwich for just $1.50. Insane? I’ll have two please! Needless to say, I left with two dozen cookies and my co-workers sure did enjoy them!

Now back to Melrose and back to shopping. This time we hit up a few stores, including Johnny Cupcakes (yes, again), Tokidoki, Urban Outfitters, and Paul Frank. Doesn’t it seem like all of the awesome store are in LA?

And finally, for our final dinner in Los Angeles, we decided to dine at Craft in West LA. Some of you might know Tom Colicchio from Top Chef, well, this is his restaurant. I’d say that Craft is casual fine dining. You don’t need to get too dressed up for it, but you definitely don’t want to walk in with shorts and a T-Shirt. I have to say that our Craft experience was pretty amazing. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was great, and the service was excellent. And although our server did initially forget our sparkling water, when she remembered, she immediately brought it to our table courtesy of the house. They do give you a lot of freebies (not on the menu), while you wait for your main entree, however, I failed to jot down any notes. They even served the both of us a complimentary arugula salad while we waited for our food (she brought it out because she said my chicken would take some time to cook). Ah yes, the chicken. Everything on the menu is ala carte, I ended up getting the Roasted Farm Chicken and Michelle had the Steelhead Salmon & Espelette. For sides we shared some potatoes gratin and broccoli. Thanks to Milk & Eggs Co. for the great suggestion!

Craft marked the ending to quite an eventful trip. We ate really good food every single day and we got to meet Mickey Mouse. Could things have been any better? Maybe. Would I have changed anything about this trip? Nah, it was awesomely perfect.