What are you wearing to the gym this season? Get involved with our new range of gym wear that keeps you going. And then some. We're tweaking the range and it'll be available for sale shortly.
As you will have no doubt discovered by now, we pride ourselves on bringing you the coolest tees around. Our cartoon inspired, Japanese influenced animal characters are flying out. 'Wolfy' has been so popular that it's now available in a range of garments, from v-necks to hoodies from capped sleeves to tank tops. Check out some of our other tee designs from the weird world of Socialwear! Let us know what you think @social_wear
Instagram have hit 40 million users. Not bad considering when they launched. Check out this cool infographic for the full low down.
If you don't know Vice, you should...
Vice Magazine started out as a reaction against the humourless, self-righteous posers of the end of the 90s. Originally a black and white fanzine, the magazine is published in 30 countries across the globe, and has grown into a multimedia empire. A conglomerate of writers, photographers, artists and filmmakers, they report first-hand on war, terrorism the environment and how everything is going to hell with as much relish as they do sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll - all served up with a large dose of humour. Now it's time to find out for yourself. Welcome to the world of Vice. You'll like it.
Vice have got their hands on a rather exclusive Socialwear t-shirt and are giving it away to one lucky tweeter... Get involved by re tweeting their post about Socialwear now. https://twitter.com/#!/Vice_Style.
We'll be unveiling our new range of graphic tees over the next few weeks. Here's a sneak preview of some of the designs....Bang on trend, refreshingly original and not available at all good retailers. As ever, we'll tweet when these are live and available for sale.
If you haven't yet visited our design studio now is the time to get involved. Here's a whistle stop tutorial with top tips on how to design your own Socialwear tees. Have a gander at just some of the SW tools you can use to make sure your Socialwear personalised tees and hoodies are bang on trend.
Once you've selected your chosen design and imported your photos from facebook, try adding a filter effect before applying a colour vignette. You'll love the results and next time you strut your Socialwear t-shirt, you'll be safe in the knowledge that it's a truly unique and original design. You know it makes sense!
Here's a preview of some of the filter effects you can apply to your photos:
(adds a blue vignette to your image):
(transforms your image into a pencil drawing!!):
ADVANCED FILTER EFFECTS
Add a colour wash to your photo for an advanced effect. Warm it up using the red hues or make it vintage with the muskier effects.
Start designing your own personalised t-shirt or hoodie by selecting from our range or self design templates.
As promised, here's a sneak preview at some of the pre-designed tees that will be available soon at Socialwear. We're adding a range of colours, styles and even hoodies. Design your own or choose one we made earlier!
Ever wanted to direct your own music video? Well now you can...
Red Hot Chilli Peppers fans, get involved by clicking here
Can't be bothered designing your own tee?
Well, fear not, over the next few weeks we'll be introducing a large range of cool tees that are ready for you to buy.
Here's a very sneaky preview of a couple of the designs that will be avaiable. There'll be plenty more to come. What's more, we'll be adding a range of styles and colours.
Thanks to all of you who gave suggestions for tees. We love hearing from you - never hesitate to say hello at email@example.com
All the rage in Silicon valley, flashy socks are the ultimate geeky accessory. In a world where the dress sense is distinctly nochalant (think Zuck's plain tee and blue hoody), wearing brightly coloured socks is now seen as the universal signal that you're a major player in the valley.
We reckon they'll catch on outside of the tech world - they're a knowing and quirky nod towards fashion and self expression.
Don't fancy a pair? Make a real statement with a Socialwear tee instead!
We just hit 500 likes on facebook and to celebrate we're doing a BONKERS promo this afternoon. Between 3pm and 5pm today only, use the code FRIDAY123 at checkout and we will take £20 off your order. That's a personalised tee, delivered for £5 only. Worth shouting about we'd say. Click here to start designing.
The watch that does 200mph!
We couldn't resist sharing some shots of the collaboration between watchmaker Bell & Ross and Harley Davidson. One of the coolest custom products we've seen this year. And if you know us by now, you'll know that we're really rather fond of a good custom...especially when it's a cotton yarned short sleeved, buttonless, collarless textile product shaped like a T!
Feast your beadies...
Customised tees are our bag... we live and breathe them and enjoy nothing more that applying your creations onto cotton.
'Designing your own' is a field that strectches far beyond t-shirts and we're always keeping an eye out for inspiration from other fields. Last week we brought you adidas, a brand that is always collaborating, customising and disrupting.
This week we're bringing you cutsomisable cars...porsches to be specific.
California-based Singer Vehicle Design has completely bucked the trend for tuning companies who normally update, modernize and often overdo the styling of their vehicles.
The Singer 911 is instead a genuinely retro-styled vehicle which has updated mechanicals and modern interior equipment. The Singer 911 is intended to be a reinterpretation of the early performance-focused Porsche 911's.
We think it's well worth a gander...
You kinda gotta do it boys n' girls.
Some of us got in so much trouble last year for not being on time that we started scouting around for presents early this year.
What did we find? Well, the ususal gushy tack. Try it. Try googling Valentine's day gifts...
We hope to help you out somewhat with our range of Valentine's Day Tees...
You could send a card or some roses, perhaps even a candle lit dinner. Yawn. How about shaking it up a little this year and surprising your valentine with something truly original?
Check out the full range on facebook
Socialwear is all about custom printed garments and we believe that a trye fashion statement is all about rocking your own style, no someone else's. Custom clothes are where it's at and our brand came about because we wanted to design our own tees, no wear someone else's.
We seek inspiration from all sorts of weird and wonderful places and once a month, each member of the Socialwear design team is given the day off to roam about and seek inspiration. You'd be amazed what an afternoon in a new city with a digital camera can uncover inspiration wise!
We've long been fans of adidas, a brand that although bnot into customisation is king of the limited editions. Whether in collabration with Japanese designer Yoghi Yamamoto or supplying Olympic teams with training tops, the guys at adidas have never been scared to join forces with like minded peeps to create something a bit different. Two heads are better than one you might say.
These caught our eye recently and whilst lots of shoe designers have tried to incorportate the already iconic facebook and twitter logos into what they do, these kinda work. They're on our cool wall at least.
We've recently uploaded some new Socialwear templates and these bad boys have been flying out the door. Which is your favourite Socialwear design template t-shirt and why? Join the conversation @social_wear and if you have an idea for a tee that you'd like to send us, ping your designs through to firstname.lastname@example.org. We might just make you famous! Happy designing!
You might have guessed by now that we're serious photography fans here at Socialwear and our uber geek designers (sorry guys) can often be found swopping lenses and comparing kit.
We were surprised when Kev brought his new toy in this morning - a Lomogrpahy camera. We love some of the effects and the old school design is a bit of a winner.
Here's the story of how this intriguing camera brand came about:
It began with a fateful encounter in the early 1990s, when two students in Vienna, Austria, stumbled upon the Lomo Kompakt Automat – a small, enigmatic Russian camera. Mindlessly taking shots from the hip, and sometimes looking through the viewfinder, they were astounded with the mindblowing photos that it produced – the colours were vibrant, with deep saturation and vignettes that framed the shot – it was nothing like they had seen before! Upon returning home, friends wanted their own Lomo LC-A, igniting a new style of artistic experimental photography that we now know as Lomography!
Layer up and accesorise you Socialwear tee with some winter warmers. We're loving chunky kits, oversized hoodies and bobble hats this season, with some of the best styles and examples coming from South Korea, Seoul and Tokyo. The emergence of K-pop (Korean pop music) is bringing rise to some elegant and stylish clothing trends, perfect for accesorising your Socialwear tee. Some of our favourites come from kpopsicle (featured)
A big thanks to Jay Maloney for sending us a photo of his tee. We're loving his use of the sketch filter and the advaced effects. We feel a competition coming on. Why not send us a shot of your tee and if it rocks we'll feature it here and send you an ipod. No time like the present....click here to visit the design studio and submit your designs to email@example.com
No, not the anonymous Top Gear racing driver but the forname of Larrson, the Swedish literary phenomeonom.
The days in between Christmas and New Year are always a bit odd and, with festive familial duties complete and tummies stretched from endless turkey sandwiches, the Socialwear crew headed back to work to smash on with some tees.
Yesterday was a particularly 'big' day and a few of us fancied zoning out in front of the big screen afterwards. Opinion was divided about whether we should risk the remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Our studio manager (truth be told he's a major geek) advised against risking a Hollywood take on the brilliant Swedish original, but we've all been raving ever since and felt it warranted a mention here on Societee.
As soon as we saw the opening credits (which are achingly cool and ironically very reminsicent of a Bond movie), our expectations were much brighter. What followed is quite simply one of the best films we've seen all year. A fantastic bit of storytelling, brilliantly executed and respectful of the original. Shame Daniel Craig didn't try bother with the Swedish accent but otherwise we were very happy customers. Well worth a look.
We just couldn't ignore these. Cardon Copy, a New York design company take it upon themselves to upgrade hand written notices and redistribute them in their neighbourhood. They describe their mission as follows: "Cadon Copy, takes the vernacular of self-distributed fliers and tear offs we have all seen in our neighbourhoods. It involves hijacking these unconsidered fliers and redesiging them".
You've probably noticed by now that we love craft, skill and dedication.
A bit of healthy obsession if you will...
We've found these things and more in great abundance at Derringer Cycles, California. Not only is this a brand steeped in heritage who have been pioneering engineering excellence for a whole century, but they also offer an intricate level of personalisation and customisation (more topics close to our hearts.)
These shots make us want to don our leather riding caps and driving goggles and hit some dusty trails. Perhaps with a bit of Neil Young blasting. Yep, that would work.
In case you missed them and because they're colourful and evokative, here are some of our favourite Lego builds from 2011.
Lego makes us smile and whilst in conjures memories of childhood for most of us, it seems that Lego is a persuit that stays with many right into their middle and even late age.
In fact, we reckon the guys who build the Ruben Robot (out of minature plastic bricks) haven't snacked on a Rusk for at least 25 years or so. Using two traditional toys; lego and the Rubens cube, they've teamed up with Samsung and created a lego robot that can decipher and solve the Rubens cube in less than 6 seconds. Baaaaad geeks! But pretty cool though, let's be honest.
SW are off to a fancy dress 'dork' themed party tomorrow night and if time allowed we'd like to build and wear Lego suits.
Alas too many tees to print, that one will have to wait for retirement! What to wear?! Tweet your thoughts @social_wear.
Banksy's Christmas gift to Londoners?
Who knows, but the inimitable Godfather of street art has been busy, with these 3 popping up in London over the last week.
If you haven't seen it, we rate the mockumentary on street art "Exit through the gift shop" as one of the greatest graffiti films ever made.
We applaud self expression and kudos to Banksy who's been 'getting away with it all these years' but if the thought of ladders, spray paint and a possible criminal record ain't your bag, why not get creative with your threads rather than someone else's bricks?
Makes us want to go back in time and down the games arcade. Anyone for Pacman?
Fred Pinel, a French craftsman and all round cool dude (who wears green shoes) designed this stunning 80s trunk. Pre loaded with old skool games and complete with dock for your tunes and some beefy sub woofers it's on our Christmas list. Supercars not included, unfortunately.
We're printing tees with the tunes blasting as usual. 'That Friday feeling' is in the air. And the track that we can't stop looping? 'We bros' by Wu Lyf (World Unite Lucifer Youth Foundation).
A controversial band (read the papers!), their web presence is particularly cryptic but gets the nod from SW for being so brave and different
We can't get enough of the drum rolls, tart guitar chords, and the maddening chant of lead singer Ellery Roberts. Our studio bounches with echo, and the tees are looking better than ever.
Listen here: https://youtu.be/5HGgni1nGGY
Tea bag wellingtons, paper knife sets and these beautiful shoes are the work of English artist Jennifer Collier. Old books and newspapers are painstakingly crafted by hand using old fashioned techniques like bonding, waxing, trapping and stitching. We salute your craft Jennifer and thanks to you, Mum's Christmas present is now sorted. (2 x SW tees, 1 x pair of Origami stilettos :)
The Socialwear team were lucky enough to wangle a few invites to this year's Royal Variety Performance. Held at Salford's Lowry Theatre it was a true spectacle to behold. The feeling of occasion and event was undeniable; not least because we had to kick off our uniforms of tees, jeans and trainers, tie our dickie bows and polish our brogues. Chuck in a red carpet, a film crew and The Royal's choice of entertainers and we knew it was going to be a night to remember.
Highlights for us were Pixie Lott, Omid Dijalili (comic) and smooth crooner Tony Bennett.
What made it an absolute gem of a 'do', though, was the after party. Just as we were getting our heads around sitting down for a 4 courser at 1am, we spotted the legendary Barry Chuckle and spent a good 10 minutes telling him about Socialwear!
Shame The Queen didn't make it and kudos to Peter Kay for hosting with wit and spontaneity.
Next year we're rocking our Socialwear tees.
It's that time of year when folk drive down to their local garden centre to pick up their Christmas tree. We salute the people that in true Socialwear style have made their festive trees unique. Check out these alternative Xmas trees...
An opening date of December 2011 has been released for Shoreditch's long awaited pop up retail park Boxpark. It's a revolutionary retail idea, creating pop-up stores built from a collection of shipping containers.
There will be over 40 retailers on the first floor a bookshops, fashion retailers, art and on the second floor cafes, food spaces, galleries and PR showrooms.
No images have been released yet of what the park will look like so we thought we'd bring you the coolest shipping containers we could find:
Leon Reid IV, also known as VERBS is an American artist widely credited as being among the pioneers of 21st century street art. His latest temporary public sculpture existed from dawn until dusk, and then was dismantled. Tourist-in-Chief, was created by attaching some new accessories to Union Square's sculpture of George Washington. It was part of this year's Art in Odd Places festival. As Banksy said, "If you have a statue in the city centre you could go past it every day on your way to school and never even notice it, right. But as soon as someone puts a traffic cone on its head, you've made your own sculpture."
The Rolleiflex MiniDigi AF 5.0 is the perfect camera for creating stunning Socialwear images. The tiny 5-megapixel digital camera is designed to look just like a vintage Rolleiflex.
The camera even operates like an old school TLR: you look into the camera from above via a square 1.1-inch LCD screen, the camera needs to be readied for each shot by turning the handcrank on the side, and the photos taken are square format.
Red Sea Star Underwater Bar
This is your chance to bump into that first cartoon crush you had, Ariel the mermaid. Located in Eilat, Israel, the Red Sea Star Bar gives you panoramic views of the ocean and seats 105 people. Also, you'll have a chance to see and interact with your meal before it's killed and served to you!
The Skeleton Bar
H. R. Giger was a designer on the set of the Alien movies; so you know if he were to design a bar, it would be made completely out of skeletons. The bar is located in the Chateau St. Germain, Gruyeres, Switzerland, and even features a section with just children's skulls. If you want to feel like you are inside of the Alien movie, you should come here.
The Clinic Bar
This is probably the world's most wheelchair friendly bar since most of the seating is indeed, on wheelchairs. In Clarke Quay, Singapore, if you're feeling faint and like you need to lie down, don't fret, there's the Clinic Bar which can swoop you up in one of its wheelchair seats and roll you down to a faux-hospital bed where you can dine on burgers and beer. And who said hospitals were scary?
The Baobab Tree Bar
If you feel like hanging out in a HUGE ASS TREE which serves up liquor, then you will want to venture out to Limpopo, South Africa. The bar has a ventilation system so you won't be suffocating while downing your drink. The tree is about 6,000 years old which would officially make it the oldest living organism on the planet!
Floyd's Pelican Bar
This bar which really looks like a shack about to topple over, and most likely built by local 3 year olds, is destined off the south coast of Jamaica in Parottee Bay. You might have to bring a life jacket in case you get incredibly drunk and come smashing through the floor bar straight into the ocean. Bring your flippers too so you can stare your lobster straight into the eyes before you harpoon him for dinner.
The Coffin Bar
This is either a sister venue of the Vampire Bar in Tokyo or a new, scary trend. Introducing Coffin Bar, in Ukraine, and built by undertakers. There's nothing too impressive about the bar; it is just in the shape of a coffin, has interior black lining to block out sunlight and is surrounded by different caskets on the inside. Their website isn't working, well, because they're probably dead.
There is more to Mexico than just the donkey shows and Tijuana hookers; they have really beautiful caverns, one of which is the only one, of two cavern bars in the entire world. They say if you stay long enough you'll see little people from the ancient Mayan times walking through the caves. Personally, I think it's the peyote you're on.
If you feel like pulling a Mission Impossible stunt, make sure to come to Cova den Xoroi. This bar is physically off the edge of a cliff in Cala n Porter, Menorca. If your loved one happens to break up with you in this destination at least you'd have a good place to jump. But, before you jump, please reconsider as the cave turns into a dance club!
Masterfood sculptor Ray Villafane has carved a zombie masterpiece using one of the worlds heaviest pumpkins weighing a massive 1,818.5 pounds. The sculpture features three zombies bursting out of the huge pumpkin. The attention to detail is amazing with pieces of exploding pumpkin being suspended in the air by long tooth picks.
The DeLorean Motor Company based in Texas revealed to the world that it plans to launch in 2013 an all-electric version of the famous DeLorean. The car shot to fame in the Back to the Future movies, will be re-vamped to reduce the weight of the car and bring in the more modern technology of today's cars. The new DeLorean will have a DC electric motor that will be able to go from 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds with an estimated top speed of 125mph. Prices for the car are expected to be around £70,000
Retrovelo have put an end to ugly bike bags and created a stylish bike frame bag. The bag is made of 2mm thick full leather and is available in either brown or black. The bag has two compartments for either laptops or A4 notebooks and is easily fatstered to the top tube using two belt hooks. Get yourself one by clicking here
The perfect cups for the office brew round have been created. My Cuppa Tea and Coffee mugs contain a paint style colour swatch inside which allows the brewer to colour match the strength of their tea and coffee. Choose from colours such as "Milk", "Builders Brew" and a "Classic British".
Get your My Cuppa Mug here
Which photos would you like this filter applying to?