We love the idea of sneakers being used as the canvas for creating unique and edgy footwear. We really like Daniel Reece aka Brass Monki's range. Daniel hand paints an array of characters inspired by comic book characters and video games which are available from his Take Your Pick collection. However customers can also request their own exclusive designs too for a small additional fee. It can take up to 8 weeks to produce one pair, so they are naturally a bit more expensive, but as wearable art this is an attractive retail splurge for those who like to individualise their street style.
If you are wanting to find funky, colourful tees, hoodies and accessories that pop with colour then online store Tee and Toast is worth checking out. This energetic brand offers a range of Irish related fashions, with a modern, humorous twist, including their cool "Shamrocker" tees and hoodies. We also like their vintage t-shirts including this 1974 Frankenstein print.
These are pure kickass from New York based fashion designer Asher Levine, whose creations have appeared on the likes of Lady Gaga and The Black Eyed Peas. A collaboration between the designer and Alpinestars, a major motorcycle brand lead to the design of a range of futuristic motorcycle boots that can be worn by anyone who wants to rock some attitude.
These dance shoes are a clever take on the popular "dance on Dad's shoes" that kids often love to do. By Company, a Finnish design business these felt shoes come in a range of size combination for both the little feet and the big feet - very cute!
Neil Hanvey is a UK based illustrator whose vivid imagination and creative skills has led him to develop some very interesting characters and designs. He has featured on various sites such as DeviantArt, been nominated tee of the day on teefury and won numerous design competitions. His Kong design featured here is inspired by NYC iconic landscapes including the Chrysler Building, Central Park and the Flatiron and he has also put forward his design for creation as a tee on very trendy tee site Loviu. People can vote on Loviu to see this become a fashion reality.
FEATURE: LONDON TOP 7
#5 More London retail happiness can be found in David & Goliath, with stores in Covent Garden and Carnaby. This playful, colourful brand may appeal to the younger generation but there is something for everyone that has a playful side. We like the carefree, care less messages emblazoned on anything from tees, bags, pyjamas and mouse mats. With 13 locations across the globe this is one brand we think will keep growing.
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It is no secret we love it when brands collaborate with artists to offer exclusive funky clothing and accessories, and why we had to feature super superficial, which we happily came across on our recent London travels. The store is on Fouberts Place, just off Carnaby Street and they sell a range of t-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts and bags with cool satirical themes. Once a month the store also organise a go London roadshow, where fans of the brand have a chance to receive a free t, simply by registering online to attend the roadshow and get their snap taken at the roadshow location. They also offer a range of other customer incentives including super stamp savers, student discounts and they also have a dedicated area on their online store to showcase the work of the artists they work with. This brand had the feel-good factor about it and we are happy to feature as one of our London Top7!
Teefury.com sells super limited tees. Operating in a similar way to Threadless Teefury collaborates with a network of artists and sells each t-shirt for 24 hours only then their gone, with the artist getting a percentage of the sale. It is probably too late for this tee but we love the idea of the genetic mutation between iconic and cult characters. Worth joining the mailing list to see what cool new designs on offer.
Lazy Oaf is a cool indie lifestyle brand offering items with quirky pop graphics and unique print illustrations. The store carries a range of men's and woman's fashion, accessories and stationery. We like this men's Jiggy Goat dance tee. Lazy Oaf has a store in London and shoppers can also visit online too.