Summer is the perfect time for ramping up your T-shirt collection and there are some super cool brands out there just vying for your money. We’re huge printed tee fans here at The Coolector and if you are too, you’ll want to check out our pick of 10 of the best independent men’s T-shirt brands for your wardrobe below:
Golden Buoy was first and foremost created out of a love for classic surf-style clothing and retro advertising and this shines through in their epic collection of men’s Tees. They’re striving to built a brand that’s all about fun illustrations, graphics and fonts. But they are also aware of the impact that manufacturing can have so from day one they’ve made sure everything creates minimal waste, uses quality materials (recycled or upcycled where possible) and has been produced ethically. It’s not a sales gimmick, it’s common sense.
Fake Heroes Co
Fake Heroes wanted to match colourful designs which are inspired by traditional tattoo and pop art designs while printing them on a top quality T-Shirt. Mission accomplished. They have teamed up with some of their favourite artists and hope to bring out a new design every couple of weeks. They print and fulfil all Fake Heroes orders themselves and print with water-based inks.
P & Co
The P & Co brand was created by two friends who wanted to build something that would give them creative freedom and it’s gone from strength to strength in the last few years. Provision & Co (or P & Co as it’s more commonly known) is the outcome of our co-founders’ passions: custom design, art, music and pretty much anything with wheels.
Iron & Resin
Iron & Resin is the brainchild of several friends who, after many years of collective experience building successful clothing brands, made the decision to turn back the clock and start anew. They started this awesome moto-inspired brand due to the fact they were tired of the disposable garbage so many brands were peddling to them. The result is a small, hand-crafted collection of goods that draws heavily upon the founder’s own lifestyles and experiences.
Howler Brothers T-shirts are designed to honour the soul, passion and timeless style of sports such as surfing and fly fishing but update historic garment ideas with contemporary influence from waves, water, geography, fashion and art. Every item is crafted with functionality and attention to detail front and centre. They strive to avoid trendy or overly traditional ideas and use small batch production and collaborations with artists and craftsmen to create original, alternative offerings.
The guys at Wanderers Co are dedicated to providing quality threads for individuals with adventure in the blood. Founded in mid-2013, Wanderers has a strong DIY outlook which draws influence from beach culture, design, photography and the outdoors.
Since 2006, the guys at Vardagen have been making original, hand-drawn designs and screen printing them on our super-soft tees and sweatshirts and they’re one of our favourite tee brands here at Coolector HQ. After more than a decade it’s clear that they are still committed to elevating the t-shirt above basic logos and licensed content and keeping screen printing a form of art. Plenty of essential additions to your T-shirt line up on their digital shelves.
Seager was founded in 2015 by a group of friends inspired to uphold the Grit and Ruggedness of the Old West through community, experiences and apparel. As a bootstrapped company, it’s clear to see that they definitely value small-batch runs of quality made products and that’s something we can all get on board with as we strive to reduce wastage in the fashion industry. For that reason, Seager launches exclusive collections several times each year in order to retain the quality they demand.
Parks Project’s mission is to protect and preserve parklands for generations to come by educating, advocating, volunteering, and activating park supporters to get involved in conservation and, it just so happens, they create some awesome tees to help facilitate this. To date, Parks Project has contributed over $1,400,000 to help fund vital projects in parks, paying it forward so they can leave it better than they found it.
Hobo & Sailor
Russian brand, Hobo & Sailor, boast the sort of vintage style, Americana aesthetic that we’re big fans of and if you’re equally enamoured by this style, you’ll be pleased to hear that their shelves are positively packed full of ace looking tees like the one above.