80sTees.com saves customers the hassle of scouring vintage clothing stores and digging up neighbor's time capsules to find 80s-style t-shirts and socks. The online store teems with short sleeve t-shirts and tank tops bearing throwback company slogans, movie quotes, superhero images, and musicians. Customers can walk the streets wearing the 7Up Dot on their chest, or attend a concert in a shirt emblazoned with Jem cartoon characters. Though focused on mostly past fashions, the store also carries a line of tees with more modern images, including 90s bands and recent movies.
The company was started in 1999 by 80s fan Kevin Stecko, who decided to start selling vintage t-shirts on eBay after graduating from college. After the thrill of selling a He-Man shirt for $30, he decided to open his own 80s memorabilia store online in 2000, and the company skyrocketed from there. Now with a team of nearly 20 employees, 80sTees.com outfits everyone from pop culture geeks to celebrities.
The brand American Apparel, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary, conjures up images of stylish and well-fitting fashion basics. It also likely brings to mind sassy advertisements featuring long-haired beauties in natural makeup posing in skin-bearing bodysuits and loungewear.
But what many don't know about the brand?despite its name and the slice of apple pie that comes with every purchase?is that all of its clothes are made in America. Everything from sewing and cutting to accounting and marketing happens in one building in downtown Los Angeles, and the rest occurs within a 30-mile radius. Not only that, every slim-fitting pair of pants, spandex bodysuit, and v-neck T-shirt is made in a sweatshop-free environment.
Plus, keeping everything in house means the company eliminates unnecessary and wasteful factors, such as shipping fuel and packing materials, as well as provides jobs to Angelenos, instead of outsourcing them.
The fantasies about fairy princesses, nautical captains, and talking animals that arise from a child?s fertile imagination always have one thing in common?the child is the star. I See Me! indulges children?s desires to play the feature role in their daydreams by creating personalized children's books that journey through magical gardens, aboard pirate ships, and to other imaginative places. Through each vibrant, glossy page, characters spell out the child?s name one letter at a time and explain their choices through rhyming verse, finally ending the tale with a celebration over selecting the perfect name and not having to use any semicolons. Thanks to their distinctive art and youthful appeal, the hardcover books' rhyming stories have garnered numerous awards and even become popular with celebrity moms including Brooke Shields, Courteney Cox, and Jessica Alba. I See Me! also creates other gifts?including coloring books, placemats, and puzzles?whose artistic designs welcome parents? personalization.
Okabashi's colorful and eco-friendly flip-flops have caught the eye of television and magazine reporters across the United States for the company's commitment to the environment while producing fashion-forward footwear. Deep in its manufacturing facility in Buford, Georgia, the family-run operation has been transforming recycled materials into quality foot-cushioning sandals since 1984. Designers mold recycled plastics and a comfortable and vegan-friendly microplast material into the therapeutic shoes—which boast arch support and features such as massage beads—creating a sandal that has even been endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association. Each shoe is durable, washable, waterproof, and repellent to most carnivorous plants. Once wearers are finished with their footwear, they can ship worn sandals back to the Okabashi factory, where the company recycles them into new products.
Endorsed by financial author Dave Ramsey and highlighted on Oprah Winfrey's Life Lift blog, eMeals charts out a week's worth of dollar- and health-savvy dinner recipes to relieve the burden of kitchen-related stress. Each week, organized grocery lists based on food style, family size, and even grocery store showcase flavorful culinary creations for discerning palates. Plans developed by working parents capitalize on sale items at stores such as Walmart, Publix, and Kroger, and an "any store" list can be used to navigate the aisles of other favored grocers. Family meal plans serve seven meals for three to six people, whereas plans for two are tailored to singles, couples, or a pair of sock puppets on a date atop a chest of drawers.
Special paleo, gluten-free, clean-eating, low-fat, and portion-controlled meal-plan options aid nongeneric eaters in assembling targets for their teeth and fitness regimens. The classic version of the Walmart family plan supplies culinary sustenance to families of three to six for an average weekly cost of $75?$85 and takes advantage of the store's regularly discounted prices. A duo can fill a Publix cart for $50?$60 a week, including side dishes.
Born of founder Jane DeLaney's desire to feed her family stress-free dinners provisioned from an organized list without coupons, eMeals allows shoppers to spend more time at the table and less time wandering about the grocery store uttering monophonic 10th-century chants in dismay.
Wanting to further the careers of other artists he knew, Jake Nickell set up a competition-based T-shirt-design company in his small apartment to give those artists a chance to make their art and get paid while doing it. Today, the small design startup has expanded into Threadless, a virtual boutique showcasing artsy apparel and accessories from designers all over the globe. Each week, guest artists and illustrators submit designs depicting pop-culture references, animals, folk art, and vibrant abstract works, leaving it up to the online community to vote on which entries will populate the shop’s menagerie of merch ranging from T-shirts and hoodies to bags, laptop cases, and umbrellas.
In addition to printing their work, Threadless honours artists with awards for designers in various categories, as well as a Made By program highlighting artists who've developed a following in the community or discovered the whereabouts of Van Gogh's middle-school diaries. Store staffers also award scholarships to hardworking designers and present Design Challenges to focus submitting artists on a central theme or aesthetic style. At Threadless Atrium, they collaborate with charities and other outside organizations to gather eclectic art submissions that currently benefit the American Cancer Society and Disney Villains.