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15 T-Shirt Brands to Know in 2017

Who doesn’t love a good t-shirt? Be it a freshly crisp, plain white tee hanging in your wardrobe with ten other identical in its kind, a solid piece of band merchandise or a tee that you borrowed, “forgot” to give back and now happen to wear practically every day, we’ve all got them – each with their own stories to tell.

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Unsurprisingly, we’ve an abundance of t-shirts here at Everpress HQ and we’d like to think we know our stuff when it comes to the best ones on the scene so we’ve rounded up our top picks of the brands that you need to get to know this year:

Braindead

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A creative collective of artists and designers from around the world, expect graphics inspired by skateboarding and underground comics with a heavy dose of post-punk aesthetic. Co-founder, Ed Davis, is no stranger to Everpress after launching a series of t-shirt campaigns under his other alias, Rat Brain Tee Club. Each campaign lasts for exactly 2 weeks and once the campaign ends, that’s it, you’ve missed your chance to buy one forever.

Know Wave

From his early involvement at Supreme to founding LA’s OHWOW Gallery, there seems to be no stopping Aaron Bondaroff . His latest venture Know Wave radio brings with it a collection of killer logo tees and cool collaborations with the likes of Nine One Seven Skateboards and artist Charlie Billingham.

Powers Supply

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Launching just six months ago, Powers Supply may be relatively new but they’re certainly making waves, counting Goodhood, Garbstore, and Dover St. Market as stockists. Check them out for screen printed graphic tees all adorned with a strong back motif – a must have for those jumper-less days in the sun.

Domestik

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You’ll be hard pushed to find out much about Domestik at the moment beyond their Instagram page, but we’ve spied a forthcoming collab with Bow3ry so be sure keep them on your radar and expect big things in 2017. Their aesthetic is inspired by their hometown of Indonesia – ancient and traditional mixed with a dash of contemporary graphics.

Bianca Chandon

Whether it’s their slick tiger embroidered snapbacks in aid of saving the tigers, or their latest collection celebrating the inclusive LA discos of the seventies – of which a portion of the profits are being donated to The Trevor Project. It’s safe to say that Bianca Chandon are a frontrunner in raising awareness by way of fantastic merch and what could be more inspiring than that?

Death Rites

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Skulls and grim reapers and more skulls. Originally a fanzine in Sydney from 1988-1991 covering thrash and death metal, Death Rites now serves as a tribute to the history of that era by displaying original art by UK artist French, across it’s merchandise.

Vetements

For those days where you just want to spend £500 on a t-shirt. But seriously, whether you love them or hate them, you can’t and shouldn’t ignore Parisian collective Vetements. Watching a DHL tee make its way down the runway in their SS16 Paris Fashion Week show makes them an undoubtable one to watch and we’re excited to see where their tees are headed in ‘17.

Butter Goods

Manifested out of skateboarding culture and owned by skateboarders, Australian brand Butter Goods are churning out streetwear staples without taking themselves too seriously. Think, the Pink Panther smoking a joint on the front of a classic white pullover hoodie and you’ve hit the nail on the head.

Pleasures

A zero-fucks-given brand who controversially put Kurt Cobain’s suicide note on a t-shirt. Pleasures transform their inspirations of alternative subcultures of the 1990’s into clothing that evokes feelings of nostalgia. Their latest collection is an ode to Elvis Presley.

Gasius

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If ancient crumbley lost civilization covered in plants, 70’s logo types and early 80’s comics are your type of thing then Gasius is the brand for you. We’re still lusting over their 2014 pizza inspired collab with streetwear heavyweights Stussy.

Weirdo

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East London based brand Weirdo draw their inspiration from American icon imagery, pop and skate culture and brands of the ‘90s. Expect monochromatic prints with a pop of pink, oh and did we mention they design, produce and print everything themselves?

Jungles Jungles

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We’ve given you a host of brands inspired by skateboard culture but Jungles Jungles have shaken up the game by drawing inspiration from the aggressive relaxation of surf culture whilst celebrating existential freedom. Plenty of good vibes with a strong kickflip of attitude.

Heresy London

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A far cry from skateboarding culture and the Pink Panther, South London based Heresy let their work be driven by the exploration of mysticism and folklore. There’s a definite darkness behind the childlike illustrations on their tees but who doesn’t like a little darkness?

PRMTVO

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Carrying on the DIY aesthetic and free thinking attitude born from skateboarding brands of the ’90s, Californian streetwear brand PRMTVO combine psychedelic prints with photocopy-esque graphics. Sounds trippy? You should check out their look books.

BOW3RY

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Think grim reapers, horror film gore and some punchy quotes thrown in for good measure. Bow3ry are absolutely smashing the t-shirt game in a bid to stand out in a sea of saturation, and that, they most certainly are.

Feeling inspired? Browse our latest collection of designs or launch your own t-shirt campaign today.