It is sometimes hard for me to decide if I like the big prints on T-shirts or not. However, with Redhawk Brigade by Devolve Clothing I have no doubt; their designs look really appealing, not being too aggressive – and I like that. They’ve recently offered to send a couple of their shirts for a review, so this will be a double tee review. I asked for one shirt in women and one in men style, but they didn’t have women-styled shirts. However, Joshua of Redhawk Brigade offered to send one men shirt in small size because they receive many such orders from ladies. So, ladies first!
Upon unpacking the parcel and picking up the first shirt – the small one – it was hard not to notice the shirt looks somewhat vintage and worn-out. It is mostly because of the special kind of cloth (25% cotton, 25% rayond and 50% polyester), which looks like it was scratched by cat claws at some places. It makes the shirt unique and looks really great, which you can see for yourself on the photo below.
When tried on, the shirt feels very light and falls gently onto body, which makes an excellent choice for the ladies (and gents, of course). The afforementioned “cat claw” effect of the garment makes it a see-through shirt, which may cause a problem for those of you who don’t like your private parts being seen underneath whatever you may wear. Also, it’s a bit longer shirt if you’re a lady of awerage height and may become your favourite shirt when going to the beach (this way you don’t have to worry about the see-through fact).
The design itself is really unobtrusive for other Devolve / Redhawk Brigade
designs, and having in mind they only do big prints – this one is not that big at all. I like faded-out, but strong letters combined with some sharp, dagger-like objects (which again remind me on trails made by cat claws), and it surely adds to that vintage-effect of the shirt. Redhawk also has an unusual way of labeling the shirt; on the left sleeve there is all you need to know about it – percentage of materials used, how to wash and dry the shirt, where it was made and what size it is (in this case size S is marked, which makes the shirt once again unique and different). I like the way all these facts were made into a nice little design, combined with the Latin word “veritas” (belief).
It is not strange Redhawk printed “veritas” on the first shirt, because all of their tee designs have some religious thoughts behind them, and each one tells their own story. So does the other shirt they’ve sent for a review, which is called “hero” and tells the story of Joshua Redhawk’s grandfather Eugene Fabus who served in World War II in Pacific. Joshua let me know his grand dad’s aircraft carrier sustained major damage from a kamikaze and he lost a bunch of his buddies, so this design was made in honor of that man / event.
Compared to the first shirt, this one is made of 50% cotton and 50% polyester. I ordered it in my usual size (M), but upon trying it on I’ve noticed it fits a bit too slim (at least for me). Now, although my body isn’t that of ideal proportions at all, you might wanna have this in mind when ordering this particular shirt and ask before placing an order. However, the shirt feels soft enough to be worn comfortly. The design is strong just as the story behind it, and even if you don’t like airplanes and similar imagery you will find yourself to be attracted by this shirt. Although the images are ripped, they look stronger and clearer than on the first shirt, and the afforementioned story of Joshua’s grandfather is “explained” to tiny details on the back.
Just as the first shirt – this one is also labeled the unique way, with all necessary details being printed on the left sleeve (size is again marked). It was once again made into a nice design, combined with US Navy logo imagery. Oh, not to forget the prices – the first shirt is available for $55 , and the second is on sale at the moment and costs $30 (cut down from $45). Although I think it’s a bit pricey, you must have in mind you’re not buying yourself “just another T-shirt” for wearing around. And I’m sure fine folks at Redhawk will throw a few stickers / arm bracelets in your parcel (plus they offer hoodies, long sleeves, accessories and such).
Now, I don’t want this to sound cliche, but Redhawk Brigade / Devolve Clothing produces really unique shirts with some pretty strong messages, represented by big prints which surely stick out from the bunch in this urban jungle the nowadays’ world is turning into. So, don’t be surprised to see their shirts worn by the members of your favourite bands, stand-up comedians or even Hollywood stars, because from what I hear – Redhawk Brigade is on it’s way and you better renew your supllies (you can do it here)!