Rushfaster, everyone’s favourite Australian bag store, recently launched SqueakyTee. While not yet shipping outside Australia, it’s worth keeping this store on your radar for their great collection of awesome t-shirts, hoodies & singlets from around the world. I hope they ship internationally soon, some of those designs are near impossible to find in my neck of the woods.
T-Shirts, Tshirts & Tees – SqueakyTee.com.au

Birds Feather T-shirt

If you are going to wear a t-shirt and jeans to the office, which in my case is just 2 floors up from the living room, you might as well do so in comfort and style. I love the hand-drawn look of the art of this Tee from Finn. I must have a thing for birds and brown because I bought something similar just a few weeks ago in Charlottetown. $58.00 from Freedom is Natural Nirvana.

Katamari Damacy Tees

Fun art on a tee by Keita Takahashi and Ryo Kimura. This and others are available from the Panic Goods store. In addition to the Katamari designs Panic has a whole set of self-designed t-shirts that help bring out your inner geek or promote your favourite Macintosh software developer. Panic somehow has succeeded in making ftp software seem cool. I bought the above design and a couple others for either $19 or $25 depending on selection.
Like many others Panic prints on American Apparel and while they are much better after a washing I’m afraid I just don’t get the hype. Perhaps I am old school – I always thought that heavier weight cotton equaled quality. These are pretty thin which is incidentally one of their selling points. Interesting.
The Panic Goods store

L.L. Bean Carefree Unshrinkable T-Shirt

Non-fiction (Tiger Brand), my former Canadian supplier of t-shirts and sweats for 20 years or more, moved their manufacturing to China last year and the quality of their products has taken a definite hit. I have a few tee’s upstairs that just can’t compare to the formerly Canadian made product. Non-fiction were a Canadian institution, likely one of the few low end apparel makers still with a factory in Canada and unfortunately what’s good for profits is not always ultimately good for customers. When I can I wear nothing but simple black t-shirts like these. Taiwan and the parts of Asia I frequent are unassuming so I can luckily get away from needing to wear the overpriced ‘high fashion’ clothing that so many others love to wear. This year, as summer approaches, I’m going to give LL Bean another try. I haven’t bought into the American apparel sweat shop free line yet. The L.L. Bean Carefree Unshrinkable T-Shirt is made from “soft 6.3 oz. 100% cotton fabric, which is jersey-knit from strong, smooth yarn that’s ring-spun for durability. Soft jersey-knit taping on the neck seam. Straight hem. Durable double-needle stitching”. Made in Peru I think. At $12.00US it’s as cheap and of much higher quality than what I can find in Taiwan.

Thred Red Toolbox Tee

I hope to start cultivating a love for unique comfortable and high quality t-shirts in my son as early as possible. Though he’s a big boy he still has some growing to do before he can wear this cute toolbox design from thred. Thoughtfully it has a printed panel to write a name in biro and thankfully no scratchy neck tags! 100% cotton, 100% sweatshop free, and made in Australia. $30.00 AUD. Via faster magazine.

Love Hate T-Shirt

For those who can’t make up their mind, the Love Hate T-shirt from “French designer Rachel Plefger’s clever tee takes the idea of an ambigram—a word that can be read from a variety of angles—one step further. Available so that it reads either “Love” or “Hate,” the mirror image reads opposite.” Great idea – I would pick the love version so that you could only see my feelings when looking in a mirror. 21,00 EUR. Via Cool Hunting.

Spraygraphic T-shirts

It’s feeling like summer and that can only mean that it’s time to evaluate all the drawers of t-shirts I have. I think Spraygraphic will be getting some business from me this as I like the hard edge to the graphics they produce on their tees. I always like when small companies like this invest some time in some low fi photoshoots. The models and the photography really fit the clothes they sell and it makes it a pleasure to browse their catalogue. Their flash site is an unfortunate distraction. You can buy their shirts for about $24.00US direct from Spraygraphic.