July 23, 2005
Here is a t-shirt controversy from Urban Outfitters.
The Anti-Defamation League has asked retailer Urban Outfitters to stop selling a T-shirt that reads: "New Mexico, Cleaner than Regular Mexico."
"This is saying that the country of Mexico is a dirty place," said Barry Morrison, regional director of the civil rights group. "Dirty can be interpreted figuratively and literally."
The Shirt Snob finds this interesting because Busted Tees has had this tee for a while now on their site, and no one complained then.
July 22, 2005
For her first JLo boutique in the US (she already has one in Russia) Jennifer Lopez chose a Marshal Fields store in Chicago. Here's a quote from the article:
Electric-pink cargo pocket knit pants, a faux crocodile leather clutch purse and a wild rose camisole with a removable garter belt are among items likely to be featured at the singer-actress' store within a store.
In the near future, they hope to open stores in New York, Miami, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco. What, no Boston? The Shirt Snob is very disappointed.
Since we are writing about JLo, here is our favorite shirt of hers at the moment. The Laci Cami had a great design of sheer lace trim with metalic floral embroidery along the neckline, hem, and center. As it says on her site, this would look spectacular under a blazer. Besides burgundy, this camisole also comes in grass green, black, and pale pink.
July 21, 2005
There is an article in the NY Times today about limited edition t-shirts. Here's a quote:
Lately limited edition T-shirts, most likely made in someone's cellar in Brooklyn, have suddenly become the hipster's preferred mode of expression. Whether produced by college pals with studio art degrees or sold by highly organized Web companies like threadless.com - visitors to the site offer ideas and vote on designs, which are then put into microproduction - the limited edition T-shirt has become impossible to avoid.
The Shirt Snob loves that t-shirts are finally getting their due. There are so many new and great websites out there with tees that we think are wonderful, cute, and smart. Not all of them are selling shirts for women, but those that aren't seem to be about to start.
As for Threadless, we have been a big fan of theirs for a long time. We love voting on which ones we like best, which is usually a hard decision to make. Also, if you have a design you want to put on a t-shirt, you can submit it to them. If it wins, you get $750 pluse $250 in credit to the site. Don't forget to check out their full catalog for all of their t-shirts, where they have a blog for every entry. Our favorites right now are My Pet Human and Sweet Creep. If you love their t-shirts, consider signing up for the Threadless 12 Club, where you get a t-shirt a month from them for 12 months for $200. These shirts are made specifically and only for those in this club, no one else can buy them. They produce just enough for those who are members, you can't get much more limited for that price!
July 20, 2005
Although it seems to have been news for a little while, the Shirt Snob has just discovered that Ryan Seacrest is starting his own clothing line for both men and women called The R Line. Here is an article from People Magazine, although you need to be an AOL user to read it. For those of you who cannot, here is a quote:
Seacrest credits the look of his R Line shirts, which he describes as a blend of "Hollywood, music, pop culture and humor," to his sister Meredith, a publicist for Entertainment Tonight; ex-girlfriend Shana Wall; and his mother, Connie, who once attended the Atlanta Fashion Institute. Prices for items range from $34 to $84.
As for whose backs the shirts have already adorned, they include those of Lindsay Lohan, Kelly Ripa, Will Smith, Ryan Cabrera and first Idol winner Kelly Clarkson.
There is also an article in USA Today from July 18th about this new clothing line as well. The line has debuted at Marshall Field's stores in the Midwest and will soon be in Bloomingdales as well as some LA boutiques and Scoop, a NY and Miami store. Seacrest is looking to branch out into a skin care line as well as into interior design, both for the home and for restaurants.
Cafe Press has a bunch of designs that say "We're not afraid" inspired by the London bombings of last week. All 100% of the profits from this shop goes to Red Cross London Bomb Relief Fund. There are a bunch of different designs to choose from if you are interested. Also, you can consider contributing directly to the fund if you are not interested in a t-shirt. All of these shirts come in a variety of colors and styles for men and women as well as on hats, bags, mugs, etc.
July 10, 2005
There is an article in the Boston Globe today about a Massachusetts t-shirt company started by two brothers, Life is Good. Their mascots are Jake, a happy stick figure man, and his dog Rocket, both of whom are emblazened on many of the clothing and other items that Life is Good sells. Besides t-shirts, this company sells a number of other items including capris, boxers, night shirts, shorts, hoodies, tank tops, and more. There are also men's and children's lines of clothing, many different types of hats, and bottles, mugs, tire covers, and many other items. Here's an excerpt from the article:
John, who graduated from the University of Massachusetts with degrees in art and English, came up with Jake and designed him as a symbol of an outdoorsy culture that clearly enjoys the simple life.
He wears a beret to show his artsy side and sports sunglasses because "they make him look cool," said Bert. He also carries a big grin.
"He could be any demographic, that's the beauty of him," Bert says. "He's just a free-thinking guy who doesn't take things too seriously."
When Jake, with the saying "Life is good" underneath his image, was put onto T-shirts for a test run at a street fair in the fall of 1994, the shirts were gone within hours.
The Shirt Snob really likes these t-shirts. Until today, we'd never heard of this company, but they are great for casual situations. We'd would love the tank tops for working out, when one may need an inspriational quote such as 'Life is Good' to get through a particularly hard pilates class.