June 6, 2008
T-shirts have taken over the world. Explore the world and you’d be surprised at the t-shirt madness other countries have to offer. We love taking a look at the international scene of t-shirt culture. Tokyo, Japan is one spot that deserves recognition. Check out International Scene: Tokyo.
T IS FOR TUBES
The Japanese clothing company, UNIQLO, has one of the coolest shops in SoHo (New York City). The latest shop in Tokyo offers t-shirts that are just as great as the US based UNIQLO store, but what makes the one in Tokyo way cooler is the t-shirt packaging and presentation of their collection. They call it “The UT Project”. The UT Project was launched on April 28th 2007 in Harajuku, Tokyo with the launch of a new innovative store concept designed by UNIQLO creative director Kashiwa Sato of a futuristic convenience store for t-shirts. Each t-shirt style is displayed on forms in stainless steel display cases, with individual t- shirts packaged in clear plastic canisters resembling tennis ball cans. The t-shirts are stored on open shelves, making the shopping experience virtually self-service. Above and below the t-shirt-stuffed tubes are LED screens displaying messages and product numbers. It looks pretty futuristic. The shop looks like it could become a tourist attraction, if it hasn’t already.
TOKYO ART BEAT
Each year, TAB releases a collection of 5 exclusive, limited-edition shirts. The designs are donated by both famous and up-and-coming international designers and artists living in Tokyo to share their love of this exciting city. Most of these tees are sold out, so get em while you still can. If you happen to have yen, that is.
From: TOKYO ART BEAT
Probably one of the most popular icons to come out of Tokyo, Hello Kitty has a buncha t-shirts that any fans of ‘cute’ would love. They even started doing some all over prints. Jumping on the bandwagon to stick with the trends I guess. Get cute for the summer. Check ‘em out kiddies:
From: HELLO KITTY