Very cool T-Shirt from No Pattern and designer Chuck Anderson. Love the blue hues on this T-Shirt and the faint skull. This 8-color screenprint is intricate and detailed oriented and bleeds drama. When I first saw this design I stared at it for more than just a few seconds. There’s a lot going on and yet it’s so simple. Great design.
What would you do if you won $25,000 to to help fun your great idea? Well, luckily Verde Styles doesn’t have to worry about what they’ll do with $25,000 because they came up with a succinct plan that actually won them that exact amount from the Pepsi Refresh Project. Yes, that huge corporation that makes that very popular soft drink that you love to drink gave an independent T-Shirt company $25,000.
So what did CEO and Founder of Verde Styles, Nish Patel, and the rest of the Verde Styles team plan to do with the money? Read on and find out!
Coty: Tell us a little about the Pepsi Refresh Project and how you found out about it.
Nish: I found out about the Pepsi Refresh Project luckily through MTV considering I hardly every watch it. The Pepsi Refresh Project provides grants to individuals, organizations, and businesses to make the world a better place by giving back. The categories of ideas range include health, culture, education, neighborhoods, and the planet. Thanks to our friends and family religiously voting every day, Verde Styles to 8th for The Planet and won a $25,000 grant.
Coty: Why did you think Verde Style was a perfect fit for the Pepsi Refresh Project?
Nish: Verde Styles was founded on the basis of becoming a business with a major social impact. By not only being profitable, but also helping the community at the same time. We make sure all of our products are made ethically and within the United States. Refreshing is a word which I think describes Verde Styles. Our hip and artistic approach to environmental problems is a refreshing outlook in our world today.
Coty: What were some of the ideas/goals that Verde Styles put forth for the Pepsi Refresh Project?
Nish: Verde Styles main goal is to spread awareness about the environment through our tees. With the grant money, we can now travel to other locations around the country to make our nation a “Verde Nation.” Another idea that we can now fund is a “Zero Carbon Footprint” event planned for Earth Day 2011. The event will be powered by energy generated from people pedaling bicycles.
Coty: Some of your ideas are pretty ambitious, like “Host 20 recycling drives around the nation.” Has it been tough trying to accomplish everything you said that you would do?
Nish: As a small company, it is always tough to organize and plan events while taking care of other things. Luckily, we have many of our friends helping us get the job done, from helping us organize recycling drives at college campuses to thinking of new designs for tees and products. We continue to stay ambitious by keeping our website fresh with a new tee every Wednesday along with a fun interactive Blog.
Coty: Verde Styles was awarded a $25,000 grant last August, what’s your progress been like so far?
Nish: We have been working hard to keep the ball rolling. Just this past October, we traveled to West Chester University and University of Pittsburg for two amazing events. Also, we participated in Sustainability Day on Temple University’s campus. For the future, we have started to plan events at music festivals around the country.
Coty: You guys set out to plant 3,000 brand new trees. How close are you to that number?
Nish: After our successful events this past October, we have reached 2000 trees planted. After we have reached our goal, we will continue to plant trees as well as help other causes that Verde Styles believes in.
Thanks again to Nish Patel for stopping by and sharing his story of how Verde Styles was able to accomplish something pretty amazing. For more information on Verde Styles, please visit their website, you can also purchase their T-Shirts there as well!
During the next few days I’ll be featuring the awesome clothing brands that will be setting up booths at Unique LA, an independent design and gift show that will take place on April 24th thru the 25th at the California Market Center.
To kick things off I’d like to feature a brand that was started in 2006 by California designer Chad Eaton called TIMBER! Every shirt featured at TIMBER! is designed and screen printed by Eaton (I love the dedication). This brand has one of the more unique design niches since TIMBER! is all about lumberjack culture.
“TIMBER! is a t-shirt company based on a story about lumberjacks, their bosses (the top hat guys with an excessive hair curse.) and a bigfoot stuck between both their worlds.”
Eaton is currently at work on a fully illustrated book based on the TIMBER! universe so be on the look out for that.Â TIMBER! tees are priced from $18 to $32 and you can purchase them over at their ETSY shop.
Now here’s a pretty cool shirt from our the guys at Busted Tees. It’s called Laser Pointer and it kind of reminds me of something that I’d see from the like of Glennz Tees. It’s a simple illustration with lots of wit. The shirt features a hound that has Superman-like laser eyes, because really, that’s what every dog needs – Superman-like laser eyes! I bet he can hunt pretty good with those eyes, don’t you?
Green With Envy is the latest shirt from the mustache crazed brand, Fuzzy Ink! This simple, single color black print might be called Green With Envy but it’s printed on a very lemony yellow American Apparel blank. Speaking of yellow, and side note to myself: I’m in need of a snazzy yellow tee. This shirt is available now from Fuzzy Ink in both mens and womens sizes for just $15.95. And is you use the coupon code “Hawaii” at checkout you can score an awesome 10% off your entire purchase. Go Hawaii!
If you live in the United States and love looking at A Better Tomorrow tees instead of wearing them because of the rate differences then this is the perfect time to pick up that tee you’ve been drooling for! A Better Tomorrow is having a Summer Sale and all shirts have been dropped to 22,00 â‚¬ and you even score free shipping (if you live in Europe). Pretty sweet, huh!
Heading South For The Winter is the newest tee from Uneetee.com and the most recent $1500 contest winner. The artist, againstbound, recently mentioned that he submitted this design to Uneetee last October, yeah, as in october 2008! What an awesome surprise it must have been to have won so many months later. You can pick up Heading South For Winter from Uneetee.com for just $12.
Ever dream of being a page from the phone book? Well, now you can with this shirt from Origin68. Like the product page says, “it’s some great telephone book camoflage.” and I agree! And by the way, who actually uses phonebooks nowadays? Could this shirt be a tribute to another dying relic? Phonebooks are a waste of trees, anyhow. Go electronic and save leaves! Anonymous is printed on a lemon colored Continental shirt and is available for purchase from Origin68 for Â£15.00.Â
Here’s a tee designed byÂ mimimimimimimimi and available at LaFraise and I absolutely adore it (and am somewhat intrigued by the name of the artist who designed the shirt). If you’re not familiar with LaFraise, it’s a European contest site that chooses 3 to 4 designs each work from user submissions. The Woods Are Alive is available now from LaFraise for 19,00 â‚¬ (~$25.00).Â
Coty really does love ThreadlessÂ and as such, it’s time for another Coty Loves Threadless! It’s episode 11 guys, we’re almost into the teens, can you believe it! Congratulations to Nature Troopers of the World by Yeoh Guan Hong for being my Threadless Pick of the Week! And BTW, I hear Mr. Festa is now doing his own Threadless Pick of the Week on the Friday Festa Dome Show -- see guys, I’m catching on! If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out and vote for my TypeTees slogan submissions -- I’m submitting one every day until I get printed! Come on Threadless, I need a Threadless shield that I can call my own!