July 8, 2005
Here is a shirt that the Shirt Snob loves from a small California company Blue Platypus. The big dandylions on the front are huge and definitely eye-catching, and you definitely can't stop staring at this tee. The tops of the flowers are fuzzy, which just adds more to the appeal of the tees. If you look closely, you'll also notice that there are little faces at the tops of the stems. The dandylions could also be disco divas! Besides the coral, this t-shirt also comes in sapphire blue (with a slightly different design), and with long sleeves in chocolate, vanilla, and olive. Sizes tend to run small, so order one size up. If you'd prefer the design in a bag, they sell them in orange and chocolate.
July 7, 2005
Trunk Ltd. is a company that "dedicated to developing imaginative fashion concepts built around the 'art of music'" to quote their website. There's even a part of the site dedicated to the great and influential albums that came out during that time, focusing on the mid 1960s through 1980s. They see the t-shirts they make as a canvas to capture the music of the time. Their tees cover a wide variety of musicians, including Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Yes, and many others. They also have plenty of shirts for men and children. Trunk Ltd. guarantees that each shirt is a limited edition, so that each one will be rare and a collectible. The Shirt Snob loves this company because we love concert t-shirts. However, the concert vendors usually only sell X-Large when we need a small. Besides, we was born too early to go to almost all of these concerts, so there's no way we'd have shirts for them. Our favorite is the Bangles camisole. They are our favorite girl group of all time, and we would love to have a concert tee for them.
July 2, 2005
It seems like every celebrity is starting their own clothing line these days. The Shirt Snob has always wondered how much influence they actually have. Do they have time between their movies, making their albums, and walking all the red carpets to actually design a clothing line? Mandy Moore has a new line of vintage contemporary t-shirts called Mblem, and we have to be honest, we are not that impressed. If she wasn't Mandy Moore, would anyone actually be selling/buying these shirts? They aren't necessarily bad tees, just nothing very special. There's one graphic tee she's selling (with a picture of Jamie Lynn Spears wearing it on the front page), that is not bad. It is a v-neck, and we can't tell if it's been "cut" or if that's the actual seam. The rest of the shirts are more or less a series of basic tees. They are all nice, but they are the same shirts you could buy from anyone. The one nice thing is that a percentage of the profits benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. If you are looking to stock up on basic tees, then this is a great place for you. If you want something a little different though (like us), it'd be best to just stay away.
June 28, 2005
A Red Sox girl through and through, this t-shirt from Dusty Brand Clothing makes the Shirt Snob very very happy. There are not enough feminine items for the Red Sox fan. Many are pink or some other awful color, which is blasphomous to many fans. Others are just plain ugly. None say anything interesting or witty. This Red Sox shirt is perfect, it's a feminine cut but not overly girly (don't want to seem too high maintanence at the ball park), and it's unique; you won't find a thousand other female fans wearing it.
Along similar locale lines, check out the Mass Hole t-shirt. The company is based in Boston, so many of their shirts have a Massachusetts appeal. As a resident of this fine state, the Shirt Snob must say that we like to see local tees.
Overall, the Shirt Snob is a fan of the shirts that Dusty Brand Clothing carries for women. It seems that until a few months ago, many of the popular online t-shirt companies didn't have much if anything for us. Men were the ones who got the funny shirts, while women were forced to buy and tailor men's shirts or shop at Abercrombie and Fitch and American Eagle to find something slightly humourous. That is no more! Dusty Brand is a fine example of a company willing and eager to engage the female market. They are constantly coming up with new shirts for women and are actively looking for designers for more graphic tees.
Overall, we like Dusty Brand's selection. Their shirts are funny without being too over the top. Many of them lean towards the liberal side (i.e., viva la bubba) which may alienate some potential buyers, but not me. My favorites on this site besides the Red Sox and bubba shirts are the new Dog Trainer tee and Mexcellent.