A few months ago, Threadless began making a few changes to their website and catalog of T-Shirts. If you remember, they used to have a couple of different T-Shirt collections, including TypeTees, Kids, Select and of course the basic Threadless tees. Both TypeTees and Select we removed from the menu options (although Threadless continued to sell them alongside their basic Threadless tees).
As of yesterday, Threadless has brought back their Select collection of gourmet Threadless T-Shirts. The select line has always been their premium line of T-Shirts, but in the past, Select tees were curated by the Threadless staff and the designs were specific to the Select line. The new Threadless Select line now features popular and original Threadless designs that are tweaked, modified, “tinkered on, blown up, or scaled back” in some way.
If you remember, a while back, Threadless did a promotion with GiltMan[By the way, GiltMan is invite only so use this special invite to gain access to Gilt Man]. Â They sold premium Threadless tees featuring original designs that were modified in some way. Looks like they used GiltMan as testing ground for their reinterpreted Select line.
The Select line also features premium materials:Â ”Printed with water-based inks, to be softer and eco-friendlier. Made with premium materials, like pima and organic cotton. Tees, tanks, but also tunics and pullovers.” Also of note are the styles made specifically for the ladies. If you’re one of those girls that think the basic T-Shirts is just a guy thing and have avoided Threadless because of this then you definitely want to check out the new Select line. Ladies can now choose from a selection of tunics, tanks, dresses and v-necks.
Once in a great while I get pitches from indie tee brands that make shirts especially for the ladies. Now, me being a dude, I tend to stay away from posting shirts specifically for ladies. However, there are exceptions like Lady Umbrella. California based Palomaya is one of those exceptions. The brand, which was started by Lorena Musselman,was founded as a means to express the Latina and American culture within her. As a former marketing executive, Lorena has a solid understanding of the Latin American markets and is hoping to build on that to further Palomaya the brand.
Palomaya currently has 3 T-Shirt designs available at their online shop, with each being fun and vibrant without being too girly. The intricate and edgy Day of the Dead, looks like it’s the perfect shirt for any girl with a tad of spicy attitude, and it’s actually my favorite of the bunch. The Palomaya Dove tee sort of reminds me of a sign that I would see at the top of a trendy high end bakery – it’s got a light and fluffy vibe that I dig.
Let’s face it, most of the indie clothing lines online cater to the male gender. Most sites offer unisex tees but let’s be real, those are basically just your average men’s tee and not built for a womans curvaceous body. Unisex, pffft. Enter LadyUmbrella.
This Dublin, Ireland based ladies clothing brand is all about the woman. The brand launched at the end of last month and features an array of designs by Spanish designer, Elena Montes Casado.
“The brand LadyUmbrella came to be as a direct result of the wet Irish weather. Elena, who had lived most of her life in Madrid/Barcelona arrived in Ireland during the dark, wet, winter months of 07 and saw streets laiden with umbrellas. The quantity of umbrellas obscured and hid peoples faces – LadyUmbrella was born.”
The LadyUmbrella line features 6 different whimsical designs printed on 100% pure combed cotton custom made LadyUmbrella t-shirts. The tees provide a nice fitted feel just for the ladies. The designs are very cohesive and work together well as a whole. The LadyUmbrella tees are like little pieces of art, that, instead of hanging on the wall you wear across your chest.
If you’re a lady, I highly recommend you check out LadyUmbrella for your T-Shirt needs. Ditch the unisex shirts and grab a hold of these custom fit tees. If you’re a dude – pick one up for your girl, I bet she’ll dig it.