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12 of Our All-Time Favourite Long Sleeve T-Shirts

As Autumn draws in, and we’re finding ourselves reaching for warmer pieces, there’s no better time to sing the praises of the long sleeve graphic tee.

 

 

For some cold weather design inspiration, we’ve rounded up a selection of some of our favourite-ever men’s and women’s long sleeve graphic T-shirts to launch on Everpress. From music institution Worldwide FM, to illustrator Jor Ros, to cult artist Claire Barrow, browse on for 12 very good-looking reasons to opt for a long sleeve as the temperature drops. 

 

For a selection of the T-shirts currently available via pre-order campaigns, head to the Editor’s Picks curated shop.

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PEOPLE 4US Tee By Fruits Art Club photographed by Inès Hachou

LIZZIE KING – PARADISE CLASSICS

Lizzie King is a multidisciplinary artist in the truest sense of the term. With a degree in sculpture from the University of Brighton, her C.V. includes running art classes, creating large scale window drawings for major clients, and producing creative workshops for the likes of Nike. Now with this Paradise Classics tee, she can add long-sleeve T-shirt designer to the list – our favourite touch is the asymmetrical sleeves.

Lizzie Smith's 'Paradise' T-shirt
Lizzie Smith’s ‘Paradise’ T-shirt

HIGH PASS X ROOM 4 RESISTANCE

Highpass, our annual online music merch pop-up, saw Berlin-based queer femme/non-binary DJ collective Room 4 Resistance team up with illustrator Isabel Von Der Ahe for their design. A clever reimagining of the classic football top, we loved the 3D-effect shading.

 

Room 4 Resistance's High Pass Long Sleeve
Room 4 Resistance’s High Pass Long Sleeve

JACKSON GREEN – HUMAN INSTRUMENTALITY PROJECT

New York-based Jackson Green is both a graphic and type designer and the close relationship between text and image in his designs is one of the most interesting things about his work. For his Human Instrumentality Project tee, he paired experimental fonts with conventional and used tripping texturing to bring life to his images.

Jackson Green’s ‘Human Instrumentality Project’ Long Sleeve

SOPHY HOLLINGTON – AQUARIAN EXPOSITION

When we interviewed Sophy Hollington recently about how she’s improved across campaigns, she said that her long sleeves are always her biggest hits: “I’ve found long sleeves to be a lot more popular but maybe this is seasonal!” Part of the Everpress x Woodstock lineup, the symbols along the sleeves of this T-shirt are pulled from the main image, enhancing its impact.

Sophy Hollington's 'Aquarian Exposition' T-shirt
Sophy Hollington’s ‘Aquarian Exposition’ T-shirt

DAN DERHAM – OUTER SPACE, KEITH FLINT

Dan Derham’s long sleeve was the result of a collab with Happy World co. A tribute to the late Prodigy frontman Keith Flint, the lyrics that adorn the tee are lifted from the band’s song Out of Space, with 20% of the proceeds going to the mental health organisation CALM.

Dan Derham's 'Outer Space - Keith Flint' T-shirt
Dan Derham’s ‘Outer Space – Keith Flint’ T-shirt

WORLDWIDE FM X ON THE CORNER

When we spoke to Worldwide FM’s station manager Dan Moss about their tees, he helped shine some light on music merch’s enduring appeal. “Hopefully our audience feels like an extension of our Worldwide Family,” he said. “Our presenters, team and listeners can all feel part of this station, and tees are a great way of showing affiliation and interest in our shared project.” The kaleidoscopic print of this long sleeve was the product of a collaboration with On The Corner’s Art Director, Victoria Topping.

WWFM x On The Corner's collaborative T-shirt
WWFM x On The Corner’s collaborative T-shirt

FRUITS – FRUITY HOUSE EXPORTS

Fruits Art Club’s T-shirt is a tongue-in-cheek homage to employee uniforms, emblazoned with the logo for the imagined ‘Fruity House Exports’ moving company. “I love to make tees that are conversation starters,” their founder Andrew Wetmore explained. “Not just a normal tee you would see in a retail store but something that makes a person look twice.”

Fruits Art Club 'Fruity House Exports' T-shirt
Fruits Art Club ‘Fruity House Exports’ T-shirt

CLAIRE BARROW – SMOKING CLOUD

Cult artist Claire Barrow delved into her archive to create this special collection, with 10% of the proceeds going towards East London domestic violence charity NIA, and the Smoking Cloud print was our personal highlight. Lifted from her AW ‘15 collection High Flyers, Barrow based it on a vision of, “a woman working in a skyscraper flying out the window to escape the misogyny and sexism that brought her down to earth.”

Claire Barrow's 'Smoking Cloud' T-shirt
Claire Barrow’s ‘Smoking Cloud’ T-shirt

JOR ROS – DARUMA MEAT MARKET

For illustrator Jor Ros, it’s important his tees have a narrative. As he explains: “I imagine the world or universe first and then try to answer the question: What type of clothing or branding would you find in there? What would its characters wear?” It’s a process that’s served him well for his Daruma Meat Market series – we loved the meat cleaver detail at the cuff of this long sleeve.

Jor Ros' 'Daruma Meat Market' T-shirt
Jor Ros’ ‘Daruma Meat Market’ T-shirt

KELLY ANNA – DEFEND

Though she mixes it up with short sleeves too, the long sleeve has become a bit of a signature for London-based artist Kelly Anna – like this Defend design. Anna draws her inspiration from an eclectic list that includes Mattise’s collages, Greek mythology, and the work of Frida Kahlo, all sources that read in her clean lines, geometric shapes, and appreciation of the female form.

Kelly Anna's 'Defend' T-shirt
Kelly Anna’s ‘Defend’ Longsleeve T-shirt

Ben Arfur – It’s Nicer Here Without You

Though he’s probably best-known for his record sleeves and music posters, we think self-taught graphic designer Ben Arfur’s long sleeves could give his other work a run for its money. Our favourite part of this It’s Nicer Here Without You tee is the effect of the writing along the seams of each sleeve.

Ben Arfur's 'It's Nicer Here Without You' T-shirt
Ben Arfur’s ‘It’s Nicer Here Without You’ T-shirt

BRODIE KAMAN – NOCTURNAL WOUND

When we caught up with Brodie Kaman, he told us that part of the appeal of making T-shirts is the chance to work on something tangible, “I get much more satisfaction working on things that materialise physically,” he said. To create his heavily distressed, experimental graphics he looks to books for inspiration, as evidenced by the text of his Nocturnal Wound long sleeve.

Brodie Kaman's 'Nocturnal Wound' T-shirt
Brodie Kaman’s ‘Nocturnal Wound’ T-shirt

Typography and long sleeves go hand-in-hand. While you’re at it, check out some of our favourite typographers.