A tee shirt isn’t always just something to cover your body, it can also be wearable art, and a fashion statement. One new company that makes statement tees (literally and figuratively) is Skrapper. This collection of high-end tee shirts in various styles, brings artist William Quigley’s paintings and work into the world of fashion. The tees are actually designed by Quigley’s designer/photographer, Katie Theofilos.
The Tee-shirt line, Skrapper, was hatched in 1999, (read my October 199 blog post about Skrapper to learn it’s history). The current Skrapper designs are inspired by the streets of Soho and downtown New York, with re-interpretations of Quigley’s art work mixed with “graffiti” style sayings.
These limited edition tees are pricey, but they’re prints, too. As such, they’re not just rare and collectible (the type of tee you pass down to your kid someday in the far future) but also the perfect piece of clothing to wear when you absolutely want to be noticed…and fashionable. The Skrapper price tag says: “If it doesn’t excite you, why bother?” I couldn’t agree more!
For Valentine’s Day, for example, the Skrapper Audrey” tee is available in bright red for $95.00. That would already make it V-day ready, but the tee (as you can see) features Audrey’s iconic face, with the words: “Girls somehow they just get to ya.” Wouldn’t that give someone a hint? This tee is a super-soft, 100% combed cotton jersey that feels so luxe and soft against your skin, you’ll think the shirt was well washed silk. Wear it with tight jeans or your teeniest mini, and win someone’s heart on February 14th….and beyond.
Another Skrapper signature is five black inkblots (or dots) that festoon the back left shoulder of every shirt. This shows you’ve gotten the real thing, and not an imitation.
Check out the other designs in the Skrapper Collection meant for men and for women. The styles include a crew-neck and v-neck T-shirts, available in sizes S through XXL and offered in various eco-friendly (but luxe) blends such as pima cotton with bamboo. I tried a women’s medium. It was figure flattering, not loose. You can also get women’s and men’s tank tops with a relaxed fit. Tanks and Tees are $55.00 and the unisex shirts are $65.00. Eco-friendly tees are $135.00 (a special blend of 80% Pima, 15% Bamboo, 5% Organic ). There’s also a canvas tote for $25.00 and even collectible Skrapper Wine (to drink–I haven’t tried it although it sounds like fun)!
These tees would make a really great gift for a fashionista, an art lover, or anyone who loves unique things. Visit the Skrapper Web Site for all the designs, more information, and to order these very special shirts. Curious about Mr. Quigley’s art? Visit his web site, too!