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Archive for April 2015

FizzyT, April 30th, 2015

With the price of pretty much everything going up and up, you could be forgiven for going for cheapo products when and where you can, just because they won’t break your ever burgeoning overdraft. You could even be forgiven for turning a blind eye to how things are produced. Organic and fair trade stuff costs more, right? You’d love to buy it, but not until you can actually afford it.

So, and article in the Independent describes how the citizens of Berlin got a pretty big shock when a vending machine purporting to sell t-shirts for two euros actually flashed up a series of images showing factory conditions where mainly women and children can work up to 16 hours without a break for just 9p an hour.

The vending machine finally ¬†flashes up the question of whether you still want to buy your 2 Euro tee, or if you’d rather donate the coins to help improve working conditions. A fantastic way of using shock tactics at the front line. 9 out of ten shoppers donated, so it’s really proving it’s point. Trouble is, how many people really retain these images, and swear to change their shopping habits? Maybe not many, but it’s a start!

FizzyT, April 24th, 2015

Our tank top t-shirts are perfect for sportswear and yoga. Ribbed and just a little bit longer than our other tees, they do the job they should. Fantastic then that you can customise and personalise to your heart’s content.

I love this design form a local yoga studio. These were done for an event and went down a storm. Take a look at our tank tops and plan your summer sportswear, functional fashion has never been so fantastic!

FizzyT, April 21st, 2015

One of our most practical items or collection of, is our range of personalised towels. They come in a variety of colours and sizes and are the absolute bees knees for any kind of swimming excursion. Whether for school trips, or beach jaunts or gym outings, being able to recognise your towel from afar is one of the most useful things you will ever experience. Honestly, this is up there with a a corkscrew and sliced bread.

Take a look and have a go with our fabulous 3D surroundy thing, so you’ll really be able to see how your towel will look. The scrunch up your eyes really tight and that’s how it’ll look when you’re on the beach trying to find where you left everything. Oh, and they’re on sale. Awesome, huh?

FizzyT, April 17th, 2015

So ridiculously excited to announce that we are offering top quality American Apparel t-shirts for you to design. American Apparel are one of the world’s biggest forerunners in t-shirt technology,¬†loved by celebrities and famous for their very controversial adverts, their garments are superbly structured and mega soft.You don’t just get a t-shirt with your design when you snap up one of these beauties, you get a designer tee with your own design. Double-tastic whammy. What’s not to love about that.

Just to round it off, I’m showcasing our splasherdoodle template. Fun, summery and ready to personalise with your own text. The Americans are coming, they’re making a splash, and we love it!!!!

FizzyT, April 15th, 2015

This is almost too much good weather, I want to be outside constantly. I suspect, from the open windows and dreamy faces around me, that I am not alone.

I love that our kids t-shirts are soft and pure cotton and that we have an amazing range of colours, fonts, templates and styles. The best thing ever is to get a random child (preferably a willing one) and get them to design their own t-shirt. Whether it’s an image they’re created or one of our templates that they’ve chosen the colours and text for, it’s a kind of interactive fashion that everyone can enjoy. Best of all, with our 3D design technology, you can see exactly how the finished garment will look. How awesome is that?!

FizzyT, April 10th, 2015

So, the Free the Nipple campaign has been garnering a lot of publicity of late. Celebs, presumably with very nice nipples, have been sporting the ‘Free the Nipple’ t-shirt in their droves, in response to social media sites censoring photos of bare breasted ladies, who are quite happy to bare all. The nipple, so goes the argument, is the same for a man as for a woman, so is has a right to the same airing privileges as boys’ nips.

So on the one hand you’ve got people fighting to get Page Three banned, and other people fighting to get their womanly pecs out at every opportunity. I don’t quite know what to make of it. The controversial mammary is more than I can cope with. But here’s the t-shirt. All I can think of is that I would love to see top politicians Dave, Gideon et al wearing it, just like they did with the ‘This is what a feminist looks like’ tee. Go on boys, get yer tits oot!

FizzyT, April 7th, 2015

I was flipping through a magazine the other day when I came across an interview with designer Katherine Hamnett. Way way back over 30 years ago, Hamnett was the original designer who used the medium of the slogan t-shirt to great political effect. She reasoned that people would be able to read slogans from quite a distance away and that they would come out well in press photographs. She was more than right. Noone will ever forget the ‘Choose Life’ slogan and how it made wearing your allegiance mainstream. It’s become an easy medium for much photographed celebrities to make a punchy statement and numerous people getting their message across. I love this photo of Hamnett with Margaret Thatcher. I bet Thatcher was mighty narked at this one!

Hamnett is still going strong and her t-shirts are nothing short of iconic, selling well at Topshop and Urban Outfitters amongst others. The original and the best, at 67 Hamnett’s latest campaign is against fracking. Long may the slogan queen reign!

FizzyT, April 1st, 2015

Of course I’m too much of a wuss, but I’ve always wanted to pinch a dressing gown from a posh hotel. Not that I’m in the habit of going to posh (or otherwise) hotels anyway, but it’s just one of those things. So when I discovered that we were doing fluffy wuffy dressing gowns with embroidery, it struck me it could be the perfect opportunity to pretend that I’d pinched a posh hotel robe. Nice, huh? All the kudos without the fear, and the slightly lurking suspicion that maybe the thing you’ve just lost your load pinching isn’t exactly, well, clean. Frankly, someone could have died in it.

Then, in all my brilliance, I realised I could create my own hotel dressing gown with my own bogus hotel. Totally works. Al the kudos, without any of the creepy stuff. I know, amazing right?