Seibei Previews Four New Tees

A couple of days ago, popular indie tee designer, David Murray of Seibei, previewed 4 new tees and a tote from an upcoming line on Twitter. And I’ve got them all here for you! These should all be available on the Seibei website for sale sometime next week. So what do you guys think of the new Seibei tees? My favorite has to be the homage to the epic Post It wall that David created for his booth at the UNIQUE LA Craft Fair.

If you don’t want to wait until next week to pick up the new tees and tote then make your way to the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn’s McCarren Park from June 6 to 7. 

By the way, if you do decide to pick up a tee from Seibei, be sure to use the coupon code “coty” at checkout to save an additional 10% off your entire order!

The Power of Love

8 Bit

Superpredators

Sandwich Dinosaur

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New Seibei Spring 2009 Line Released

Finally! David from Seibei has been teasing us with hints of the new release on Twitter since last week and he has finally unleashed them to the world! And since I’m probably the only blogger awake at the moment I’ll be the first to blog about it (advantage Hawaii!). 

The Seibei Spring 2009 Collection does not disappoint. I love it! I love em’ all! And I have to say, Seibei did an excellent job with the product shots – they are splendid. I had to chop them off a bit for the post so be sure to check out the Seibei shop for the full size images. 

Taco Dinosaur is an excellent follow up to Sandwich Dinosaur! What spinoff can we expect next? Cookie Dinosaur? La Moutant Rouge has the recognition of 1. being the lone text only tee in the Seibei shop and 2. having the most awesomest name in the world. And of course, I’ll Never Stop Pooping, designed by Jimmy Heartcore, is disgustingly delicious! 

The tees range in price from $21 to $22. Pick up one of these tees today and save some cash cash cash! Use the coupon code “COTY” for 10% off your entire order at Seibei!

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Taco Dino

La Mutant Rouge

I'll Never Stop Pooping

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5 Things We Can Learn From The Seibei Story

The first two 5 Things We Can Learn From… posts featuring Threadless and Johnny Cupcakes proved to be quite popular. This time around I dissect Seibei. Seibei is a one-man brand that was conceptualized and developed by David Murray. Murray is a 26 year old college graduate who majored in Japanese Literature. Lucky for us, he decided to focus on making cool art instead. 

With such popularity and a cult following, Seibei must have done something right. Here I look at 5 things that we can learn from the Seibei story.

1. Your Website Should Be An Extension of Your Products. You don’t even need to click on the store, or see any of David tees or other products, and you already know what his style and what his goods will look like. His website is an extension of his products. He showcases many of the monsters that he prints on his tees throughout his site. And why not? The colors that he uses on his site reflects the colors often seen on his tees. Why would you have a sophisticated, modern and simplistic site design when your products are all about fun, humor, vibrant colors and monsters! Extend your products through your website design. 

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2. Take “Advantage” of Your Fanbase. In a good way, of course! David takes “advantage” of his fanbase through his Seibei Nation promotion. The Seibei Nation is his version of a street team. A lot of people consider word of mouth the purest form of marketing. Word of mouth is what a street team and esssentially the Seibei Nation is all about. And of course, remember that if they rub your back be sure to return the favor. Every time a Seibei Nation member brings in ten $10 or more sales they get a free Seibei T-Shirt. People LOVE free things so why not take advantage of that. BTW, use coupon code COTY for 10% off your next Seibei order!

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3. Be As Transparent As Possible. If your company is a one-man show, and even if it’s not, it may pay off to be as transparent to your audience or customers as possible. David is as transparent as can be on his blog, often posting about things not related to tees but that show off the fun side of his life. David loves to make posts about food, by doing this, maybe he’ll appeal to other food lovers who will then be interested in his tacos and sandwich tees. By being transparent, you make yourself the face of your company. You are living proof that your company exists because of you and your hard work. People are able to relate with you much more when they see a face. When people can relate, they often are more prone to opening their wallets and spending their hard earned cash. 

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4. Make Art and Craft Shows Your Friend. David hits craft and art shows pretty hard. A quick glance at his blog shows that he’s attended a ton of these, including: Craftacular, Boston Bazaar, Renegade, and Stitch Austin. What’s so important about attending craft and art shows? Well, it helps to give you brand exposure in the offline world. Sure you have an online store, but when you attend a craft show, people can actually see your goods, they can touch it and purchase it right then and there. Secondly, attending a craft show will help you to actually see what demographics are interested in and are purchasing your products. This should give you an idea of what you should maybe do for future product releases – build on popular products, build on what your target demographic is interested in. 

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5. Trust Your Gut. When David submitted his Give Us A Kiss design to the Cornelius Hearts Threadless contest, he had high hopes and was quite excited about it. Things didn’t turn out so well for the design. Voters were quick to give it low scores and the submission was prematurely dumped from the voting process. Understandably, David was miffed about this – mainly because he was so enthusiastic about the design. He decided to go with his gut and have the design printed despite it not being seen favorably in the eyes of the tee loving community, Threadless. The shirt that Threadless once abandoned is now a staple of his online store and I don’t doubt that it is one of his top sellers. The ultimate vindication came when Jake Nickell, one of the founders of Threadless, stopped by Seibei’s booth at Renegade Chicago. Nickell loved Give Us A Kiss and even purchased one. Trust your gut. 95% of the time your gut is right, which is totally worth the 5% of the time it is not. 

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Wheww, those are my thought about Seibei – what are yours? Leave them in the comments section!