I’m not sure how this escaped my T-Shirt radar but our friends over at Prestigious Clothing recently released their winter line of T-Shirt goodness. This unique brand which emphasis the DIY mantra describes its T-Shirts as being “Handmade by Humans.” Their recent release is in my opinion their most impressive to date. The new line features more subtle and mature artwork highlighted by a darker color palette.
My favorites from the bunch include the Prestigious Crest, Falling and Handmade. Each of the shirts are available now from Prestigious Clothing for $22 and you can save 10% off your entire order by using the coupon code “prestigious” at checkout.
Our buddy William Matte, Jr. from Prestigious Clothing is having a 4th of July sale from now until Monday! You can save an additional 20% off on your entire order by using the coupon code “happy4th” at checkout from now until Monday. New tees are regularly priced at $22 and older tees are as low as $14.
William Matte, Jr. of Prestigious Clothing recently unveiled his brand spanking new Summer line of tees. I have to say that with every new release, Prestigious Clothing gets stronger and stronger in every way. William continues to build his brand and style with this latest release and also shows off some sexy new product shots. I’m loving it!
All of the tees are printed on American Apparel blanks and sell for $22. If you’d like to save a few bucks then use the code “prestigious” at checkout to save 10% off your entire order!
This is what William had to to say about the new line “Â I am extremely proud of this line from the quality of the prints to the awesome photography my good friend Clark helped me with. We had so much fun shooting the line, and I’m very happy to have released a product I’m so content with.”
Thanks to everyone who participated in Wednesday’s T-Shirt Day contest! There were 22 people that submitted correct answers and I randomly selected one (1) person as the winner of the $50 Threadless gift certificate courtesy of Tee-Junction.com and one (1) person as the winner of the Prestigious Clothing T-Shirt package. Check out the video below to see the winners get selected! Be sure to follow T-Shirt Day on Twitter to find out where and when the next contest will be held!
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 Â great tips from the last 10 featured Indie Tee Spotlight brands.Â 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 canâ€™t take ourselves too seriously.”Â -Steve Orlando ofÂ 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.Â Ill never forget checking out Emptees for the first time and saying wow, this stuff is amazing I really want to wear this.Â ” -Brothers Jason and Jeff ofÂ 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 youâ€™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 ofÂ Jon Wye
4. Your Brand Should Mean The World To You. “Itâ€™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. ofÂ Prestigious Clothing
In this episode I wearÂ What Would MacGyver Do by Glenn JonesÂ and review two shirts from Prestigious Clothing and Kosher Ham. The first shirt reviewed was sent to me by William Matte, Jr. from Â Prestigious Clothing and it’s called I Had A Dream Once and was designed by Mathew Skiff.Â Â The second tee reviewed in this episode was sent to by my pals at Kosher Ham and is called I’m A Player. As always, enjoy with tea and a comfy tee!
Both of these brands are partners in my Attack of the Coupon Codes promotion so be sure to use the coupon code “prestigious” on your next Prestigious Clothing order for 10% off and the coupon code “COTYFANS” for 10% off your next Kosher Ham order!
I’m A PlayerÂ byÂ Kosher Ham.Â Good: Then NES controller is classic so kudos just for that being there, Kosher Ham logo printed on the back, available in a bunch of different color options, great fit (American Apparel). Bad: Not tagless. Price: $19.99 but you canÂ save 10% with the coupon code “COTYFANS”.
Th new tees sport some crazy colors and intense designs, all of which were created and printed by indie tee printer Jimmy Heartcore. My favorite from the bunch would have to be Love Breeds Hot Deeds, but the other two are just as solid. Pretty Ghost, another new designs, ended up not being so new after all, it has been the background image of Prestigious’ site for a while now. So if you dug that creepy girl, you can now wear her!Â
The new tees are priced at $20, are printed on American Apparel and for extra comfyness have a printed inner tag. William has also made a bundle available, so you can buy all three tees at once for a significant discount of $52.00 (and you can save more with the code below). Planning to pick up one of these tees? Awesome, I’ve got an Attack of the Coupon Code just for you, save 10% on your order with the code “prestigious”.Â
In this weeks Indie Tee Spotlight I highlight an indie brand, Prestigious Clothing, from West Springfield, Massachusetts. I had the opportunity to chat a little with William Matte, Jr., the founder of Prestigious Clothing. William has been running his own line for some time now and has built up an impressive catalog of tees within the past year. He has definitely focused on branding and has made his brands name a focal point of many of his tees.Â
Prestigious Clothing is gearing up to release a brand new fall line of tees which William has been promoting heavily and which has got the tee community excited. William talks a little about his upcoming line, some of his thoughts behind the Prestigious brand, as well as how music has influenced his design style!
“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.Â
Coty: The name Prestigious Clothing sounds pretty grand – how did youÂ come up with it and what does Prestigious mean to you? How would youÂ describe the identity of Prestigious Clothing?
William: Prestigious is more of a description than a name. The primary reason for the choice was the overall timing of my brand’s inception coupled with the limitless path it produced ahead of me. The opportunity for me to start a line of my own was almost like a dream come true. So many amazing artists and the brands they own/design for inspired feelings of hope and willingness to start something of my own. I was busy as it was- school, my old job, my relationships and related commitments- “Prestigious” was an escape and an outlet. It’s become such a huge part of my life, and I devote every resource I can possibly tap into this project. 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.
2. How would you define the target audience of Prestigious Clothing?
William: The target audience of my brand is something that I recently discovered, as typical as that sounds from a company owner’s point of view; it takes some time to figure out who you want to market to and why on earth they’d want to spend money your product. My target audience is not one that can be pigeon holed or summed up in a nutshell, but overall my customers are members of what one could simply call an “indie” culture- I promote my Vegan ethics openly and my customers appreciate that. The integration of my growth as the owner of a young brand along with the happenings of my brand’s development substantiate the reality that fans, followers and otherwise potential customers like an involved and personable owner; a face to go with a name. This year, Prestigious will take on more of an activist feel in terms of charitable contribution and communal involvement, setting the stage for what will come.
Coty: The indie T-Shirt scene is increasingly becoming a crowded space. What are you doing to make sure Prestigious stands out amongst the crowd? What things have you done differently?
William: It is far too easy to fall into the anonymous void of a crowed or oversaturated market. The most important aspect of staying afloat is maintaining and preaching the mission of your brand. Customer service, unique and gracious offerings with every packed order, a personable experience that will last longer than the shirt material itself; these are a few things that brands should strive for. In terms of product identity, it’s been said time and time again- offer something that can’t be found anywhere else. This is one of the hardest things to do- offering new products that aren’t like any other line requires discovering who you’re marketing your product to in the first place; once you’ve done this, start planning on ways of supplying the demand that is out there.
Coty: You’re preparing to release a new line of tees. What about the new line has got you excited? Did you collaborate with any artists on any of the designs? When should we expect to see the new line and why are they not available for presale?
William: Ah yes, the long awaited early February release! This has got me extremely excited and anxious at the same time. This will be a three-design release, and it is largely significant because it marks the first “line” ever released by Prestigious- prior to now, new designs would come out one at a time, sporadically and without notice. This has been promoted and has the community excited and wanting to see what’s coming- but only a handful of people very close to me have seen it- myself and the designer/printer included. Jimmy Heartcore, of Heartcore Clothing and printmytees.com fame, designed this line and will be performing the printing of each piece. This line will be for sale in bundle and individual design form (the bundle, or course, will provide substantial savings). By the 10th of February, this design will be unveiled in full form, all for sale and ready to ship. I decided against a preorder for a number of reasons, one of which was that I did not want to sneak peak the line publicly until the day of the release- it is somewhat of an experiment since I’ve done preorders in the past. I want to see how this line takes to everyone since after ordering; each customer will actually have his or her merchandise within 3 business days in hand. Preorders are not history for Prestigious, but this line will not be available for preorder sale whatsoever.