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FizzyT, July 31st, 2013

After nearly four decades of being plain, in the 1950’s t-shirts began to be used as a surface for printing. I’m not sure who invented the printing thingey, but here’s what Wiki says ‘In the early 1950s several companies based in Miami, Florida, started to decorate T-shirts with different resort names and various characters. The first company was Tropix Togs, under founder Sam Kantor, in Miami. They were the original license for Walt Disney characters that included Mickey Mouse and Davy Crockett. Later, other companies expanded into the T-shirt printing business, including Sherry Manufacturing Company, also based in Miami.’

So today’s marvellous example of the t-shirt through the ages is going to be a classic Mickey Mouse Disney number. I always thought the whole Disney thing was a bit too cutesome, but now I see it is historic. That makes it ok then.

FizzyT, July 30th, 2013

As if to cement the t-shirts position in the sartorial Hall of Fame (nope, the ra-ra skirt didn’t make it…..ditto boho chic), James Dean immortalised the classic white as the one piece of kit every man had to own.

In the 1950’s the t-shirt was still seen as workwear, not a real gentleman’s attire, and this was exemplified by Dean, with his rebellious attitude, love of fast cars and movie star looks. Even today posters of Dean adorn the walls of many a teenage girl (and the screensaver of their ma). If there’s to be a high spot in the t-shirt’s hundred year history, this has got to be it!

FizzyT, July 29th, 2013

Continuing on the theme of the t-shirt’s 100th birthday with a classic, nay pivotal moment in its sartorial history. Marlon Brando in “A Streetcar Named Desire” to be precise. From naval underwear as outerwear (Madonna really didn’t get there first), the t-shirt gained it’s fashion credentials when it was worn by a rough n ready, sweatyand bicepy Brando smouldering with all the steaminess bestowed upon him by the gods of phwoarrrrr (before he got really lardy, that is).

So today’s birthday shot is Brando at his best, showcasing the beauty of the plain and dirty  t-shirt. I think it’s fair to say it’s a good look.

FizzyT, July 28th, 2013

Submariners in their tee shaped underwear

So, the humble t-shirt is apparently a whole one hundred years old. What started life as a humble piece of uniform style underwear for the US Navy has become a wardrobe staple all over the world. From cotton underwear which meant the US troops could move in comfort, to a failsafe piece of clothing in it’s own right, the t-shirt’s journey has been incredible. The classic tee of Brando and Dean to the statement sloganshirts epitomised by today’s celebs; from souvenirs to personalised t-shirts, it’s the garment that everyone has at least one of. And most have many.

Who could have predicted that such a basic piece of clothing would become one of the most versatile items in our wardrobes? I thought I’d take you on a little trip down memory lane for the next few posts and show you a few of the centenarian’s most memorable moments, just before we cut the cake and stuff………


FizzyT, July 27th, 2013

What is it about the humble t-shirt that inspires such nostalgia? No other item of clothing comes close to that crumble ball of cotton, holey and faded from too many outings.

T-shirts may not be the most expensive item in your wardrobe, but when it comes to having a clearout, those old tees will be the ones that remind you of the good old days, music t-shirts most of all, it seems. My Band T-shirt is one of my favourite websites, filled with memories of music and youth. I love having a look at it and seeing how people treasure their old band tees and how just a scrap of printed fabric can take you back so vividly.

DJ Steve Lemacq’s piece caught my eye today. A proper music journalist, he bemoans the resurgence in the vintage style band shirt, seeing it as a fashion accessory, not a serious piece of memorabilia. He describes how the sight of yet another celeb in a fake tee inspired him to create “Wear Old Band T-shirt to Work Day”. That’s been a great favourite in our office; although you’d be shocked by how far back our clothing goes.

Ah, the simple tee, on a par with the wedding dress in terms of memories, although you’d hope the dress got less usage. In a good way.

FizzyT, July 26th, 2013

I was just having a swizz through the website and I had another look at out two tone baseball tees. Ring collar and side splits, this is the fashionable t-shirts for printing on. Take a look though our templates and go for a vintage-y retro style font for some writing, American High School style, Kitchener or keeping calm, there’s something for every occasion and much, much more besides.

With the weather finally playing ball, and the summer finally looking bona fide, not just a day of cloudlessness, it’s time to click, create and set a date!

FizzyT, July 25th, 2013

I love these Monopoly mugs, available from Amazon et al for roughly eight pounds. There’s an awful lot to collect but this could be your chance to score high on the property board.

These would make lovely gifts, for colleagues, friends or children.  I quite fancy the “Get out of Jail Free” one, although I rather like the “Pass Go and Collect £200” Maybe a hint to your boss?

FizzyT, July 24th, 2013

I love this story in the Sun newspaper about a man in West Virginia caught on CCTV camera  stealing an alligator from a pet shop.Bizarrely, it turns out, by shoving him up the front of his t-shirt. I am assuming that when he got it home he had pierced nipples and a tattoo of bite marks around his tummy button, as apparently even at the alligator’s young age, the teeth are very sharp.

Apparently the thief was a regular customer, which makes you kind of wonder why he didn’t hide his face in the t-shirt and not the alligator. Still, either he or the reptile is bound to get his just desserts!

FizzyT, July 23rd, 2013

It seems as though those royal souvenirs are going to be churned out now for Baby Cambridge at the rate of one a burp. The poor little thing is going to come face to face with it’s mug every time it opens it’s little eyes. Apparently the Royal baby market is worth £56 million, not a bad amount for your first day on the planet.

But, there are those who need to mark the occasion, in which case I’d go for one of the beautiful mugs or knitted mini royal babies or a big bottle of champagne to guzzle on your tod.

I am being the bah humbug-y one behind the bike shed, so I’d go for the Royal sick bag by Lydia Leith instead!

FizzyT, July 22nd, 2013

Poor hot journalists and photographers, waiting outside of St Mary’s hospital in London waiting for the agonised cries of a woman in labour to grow weaker and for the wail of an infant to begin. Though the entire world’s media can only speculate as to what’s going on in the private suite where the heir to the throne is being expertly birthed. Although the fact that millions and squillions of other women have done the same thing might give them a clue. Woman has baby. It bloody hurts. End of.

I’m sure that nothing else has ever been so closely followed, and I find it pretty ikky that the poor woman can’t even give birth in peace. Of course, I hope it’s healthy and sleeps through the night and all that, but as one commentator on the Guardian website said, ‘I can barely contain my indifference’.

For every prince or princess, there are about a billion ‘ordinary’ children born in the world, who are just as special to their mothers and fathers. Here’s to them!!!