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FizzyT, August 31st, 2011

I was just wondering what the most famous logo in the world might be. Kids can spot a McDonalds sign a mile off, an apple with a little bite out of it is the most recognisable bit of technology around, and the Mercedes divided circle is probably the easiest car to spot. When it comes to fashion, it’s got to be Chanel. The two interlocking “c’s” identify the one brand that will never EVER do a diffusion line.

Exclusivity is what makes a brand so appealing; if Chanel were to downgrade, if Apple were to become cheap and Mercedes made three wheelers, then none of them would be so desirable. But McDonalds? Well, we’ve all got to eat crap sometimes.


I love this obviously home made Chanel t-shirt. With the writing backwards, it’s kind of so obvious it’s not even a knock off. You could probably still get sued for it though.

FizzyT, August 30th, 2011

Surfer to be!

T-shirt Studio, well this bit of it anyway, has gone on a little trip to way down south, from whence it came. “Whence” is Cornwall, home to the culinary achievement that is the pasty, and haven to all surfy types for miles around.

People who have never been to Cornwall always seem to think that the weather is perfect and it’s full of palm trees, although I don’t think I’ve ever seen a palm tree and it rains. A lot.

Still, a few days of pasties will weigh me down enough to make sure the rain doesn’t wash me away. There might even be a bit of sunshine.

So here’s a cutesome kids t-shirt which is ideal for all things seaside. Thirteen pounds from, a nice little number for the delights of the seaside!

FizzyT, August 29th, 2011

Spooky silent film tee?

I really like this t-shirt by Topshop. A wonderful devoree number with a burnt out Art Deco print that has a real kind of Metropolis feel to it. I’m not sure if it’s got any sort of commentary to go along with the t-shirt, or any social message, but it’s a really cool tee, and the fabric is something I haven’t seen in a while. The black on black is a very dramatic combination, and it’s certainly got an evening-y feel to it. What I love about t-shirts is that they don’t need a lot in the way of ironing, so they are perfect to stuff in your suitcase and take on holiday. This one is machine washable and at only £32 not a bad price either. Hooray for Topshop….again!

FizzyT, August 28th, 2011

How fantastic is this t-shirt by Aubin and Wills? On the surface, it may merely be a long sleeved red and black striped t-shirt, however in reality it’s a thinly disguised homage to the ever wonderful Dennis the Menace. It’s just one of those things that ticks all the sartorial boxes, and then some. Nautical look. Check. Stripes. Check. Longer length. Check. Dennis the Menace look. Oh yeah, totally! This has got to be the t-shirt that takes yo from summer (member that?) right through to winter and beyond. I love it! And at only (?) 65 quid from Mr Porter, you can too… little menace!!!!

FizzyT, August 27th, 2011

Bad Bush!

I wonder what Geroge W Bush is up to these days. Having been Obama-d out of politics, he’s probably doing the rounds of the public speaking circuit and making mega squillions……almost as much as the debt he saddled the rest of the States with. But not quite.

I read in a news archive somewhere about an Australian man chucked off a flight to Oz because he was wearing a t-shirt which read “World’s Number One Terrorist” together with a picture of Bush. The reason he was wearing it, he maintained, was that he was defending his freedom of speech. The reason he was kicked off the flight, said the airline, was that he might frighten the other passengers. Quite right too. Flying is scary enough, without someone wearing a t-shirt that has the “t” word printed across it. The same chap kept on trying to get on aeroplanes wearing the t-shirt, until in the end they threatened to chuck him out of Australia as a whole.

There used to be a lovely range of Bush t-shirts. The “Good Bush. Bad Bush” one was very popular for a while. But here’s a lovely one, documenting Bush’s acronym, The War Against Terror. Well, he was, wasn’t he?

FizzyT, August 26th, 2011

If there’s one thing you absolutely can’t do without, it’s our personalised towels. At this time of year, they start whizzing off the shelves, as frantic parents start the grand preparations for the new September term. Most children seem to save their growing for the summer holidays, and reshoeing and clothing them, along with labelling everything is probably the least fun thing  ever. However,  Not only are they soft and fluffy (the towels that is, not always the children), but they come in such a variety of colours, sizes, fonts and thread colours, that you can customise a towel for your child that he, she or it will be able to spot a mile off……even with those blurry eyes that are the result of over chlorinating the pool for the schoolchildren.

Our towels signify the end of landing up with someone elses horrid rag in your child’s swimming kit, and as an added bonus, they are also in our grandabulous summer sale, so more pennies to spend bribing granny to sew on those name tapes….hooray!!

FizzyT, August 25th, 2011


Before celebrity designers were even a twinkle in the marketing man’s eye, twin sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were hard at work, pulling apart bits of clothing, finding out how things worked and fitted and felt. Phenomenally successful child stars, you might imagine they would fade into nothing, except maybe the odd rom com once their heyday was over. But no, fast becoming a force to be reckoned with in the fashion industry, they have singlehandedly(…..not wait, there’s two of them…doublehandedly then) put the design into celebrity designer.

It was while they were at college in the States that Ashley, frustrated at not being able to find the perfect t-shirt, decided to design her own. It took nearly two years to come up with the end product. Produced on a lingerie machine and with just one seam (a French seam, running down the back), they were convinced they had achieved perfection.

Within a short time, they had started their own luxury clothing company, The Row. The name has a twofold significance; partly conjuring up a feeling of elegance a tailoring, as in Saville Row, the twins also wanted a name that had nothing to do with their celebrity status.

Gradually, they have built up a great reputation for classic styling and beautiful fit and fabric. A t-shirt available at Net-a-Porter will set you back a good £200, but for this size, style and fit, it might just be worth it!

FizzyT, August 24th, 2011

Foxy Angel?

Whatever you do, don’t mess with the Hells Angels. If you, like me, thought that Hells Angels was just a bit of vocabulary used to describe the kind of bikers that make ZZ Top look young, then you’d be  wrong. Very wrong. The name of the biking club “Hells Angels” along with the image of a pair of wings are both fiercely protected by copyright. And right now The Angels are just hellish about Wildfox Couture using their name and image on a t-shirt.

The Angels are suing who are selling the t-shirts which feature the slogan “My boyfriend’s a Hells Angel” with a pair of wings on the back. And they will probably win. Having previously taken action against Disney, Alexander McQueen and Marvel Comics, they really do know what they’re doing. Yikes.

So watch out. If you spot an innocuous t-shirt with a pair of wings on it, be warned, it won’t be there for long.

FizzyT, August 23rd, 2011

I love this laugh out loud post club/ pub t-shirt by Topman. It taps perfectly into that “how  is your evening going to end” scenario which just happens all too often. This is nice, simple, funny and a definite boys t-shirt.

Even better is that it’s in the sale and is a mere snip at £7. Topman always has some great graphic and slogan t-shirt at a really good price and is always worth a look. It’s quite tempting to buy this for the boss for his next pool session, although it would look a bit more like this!

FizzyT, August 22nd, 2011

Interesting dilemma here. Cult clothing company Urban Outfitters are being sued by the parents of model Hailey Clauson for $28 million for using an image of her on a t-shirt which they say was never meant for public consumption. The t-shirts show Hailey, who was then a mere whippersnapper of fifteen, posing on a motorbike with her legs open. Though clothed, the picture according to the parents, makes  “her crotch area the focal point of the image,”.

Her parents were present at the shoot, and allowed the photos to be taken. However, her agency decided they didn’t want the images released and were horrified to find the shot was used on a t-shirt being sold at Urban Outfitters.

Opinion seems to be fairly divided about the whole thing. Whilst Hailey’s parents argue that the image is “blatantly salacious”, you might be thinking, well why did they let some stylist dress her in hotpants and sit her on a motorbike with her legs open. You might even question why they let her go into modelling at all, especially at such a young age, if they weren’t happy about her being photographed in provocative poses. For the parents, however, it is a breach of trust, that a pose they never wanted of their daughter was used without their say so.

I’m not sure quite where I am on this one. Both arguments have their own validity. But 28 million dollars……that’s quite a lot to ask for. What would they do with all that money anyway… a their daughter a pair of knickers perhaps?