First of all – I don’t really like all those “top 5” and “top 10” lists. Unless I’m not making them, of course 🙂 So I thought – why wouldn’t I make a top 5 T-shirt labels for the season summer / fall, a.d. 2010. Now, I know there isn’t such a season in a fashion world, which doesn’t mean I cannot invent it, right? Therefore I randomly picked some of the tee labels which I think deserve your attention. And since all labels are equally good in my opinion, I arranged them in alphabetical order.
Alive & Well – apart from being one of my favourite Rise Against songs, Alive & Well is a very cool tee company which creates some cool artistic-looking designs. Although I’m not sure, I think their designs are silk-screened, but I’m sure they are printed onto American Apparel and Gildan shirts. They offer tees in various sizes, fitting both men and women, plus they also carry tank-tops. I really like their new summer line which shows this newly established label is profiling themselves quickly. Prices range from 10 to 15 Great British pounds.
Arteefact – very new and very cool tee label out of Athens, Greece. They have a nice variety of designs and tee styles for both men and women, in various colors. Designs are rather simplified, based around basic shapes and some familiar faces (Sid Vicious, Jim Morrison, but not in a way you’d expect it). The printing method is transfering the previously ploted vinyl designs onto garment, which means each item is prepared especially for the person who ordered it. Prices range from 25 to 30 Euros.
Deep – maybe Deep shouldn’t be called a tee label, because they define themselves as “an online commuinity of artists committed to designing positive, thought-provoking, unique and inspiring designs”. With that said, you will find some really nice shirts in both men and women styles, and the common price is $25 for each tee. Plus, they carry some art prints, too. Shirts are screen-printed with water-based inks who are friendlier to the environment.
Ethcs – this label comes from New Zealand and is run by a designer Shane Gosnell, whose opinion is that “every shirt has creative soul”. Shirts come in both men and women styles, and the good news is they now have a kids style, too, along with hoodies and crews (also in men and women style). Designs are simple, based around recognized shapes of nature and landscapes. Each design has a story behind it, plus they collaborate with an organization Forest & Bird which protects the wildlife, giving a percentage of sales to their cause. All Ethcs garments are spot colour screen printed and have “Aotearoa” (Maori word for “long white cloud”) printed on the back at the bottom right of the shirt. Prices are 45 New Zealand dollars for tees.
Vicious History – with historical influences to their unique designs, Vicious History is very new and yet very profiled tee company. Designs are made combining hand-drawn motives (General Mutton, Marie Antoinette, Napoleon Bonaparte…) with computer design techniques. The result are big silk-screened prints which really grab attention. Prices range from $15 – 20, and the shirts are mostly by American Apparel (they don’t divide their shirts into men and women styles, but that doesn’t mean you cannot order a smaller size if you’re a girl). Me likes much!
Hope this article helps you when browsing the internet in a holy quest to find that one shirt everyone would be jealous about!