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Now then. Owls on t-shirts can be a tricky thing to get right. But they are an essential addition to every wardrobe, male and female, and Fluffyco have ticked all the boxes here. To start with, I like the company name. FluffyCo. Lovely. Secondly, they are a small, independent business that is sweatshop free. They use eco-friendly materials from sustainable sources, and even organic and fair trade bits and bobs too. Moreover, they do a terrific range in owl printed t-shirts.
I first spotted the example above in one of my fave London haunts, SMUG – a truly lovely shop run by interior and graphic designer Lizzie Evans – which stocks an eclectic range of retro owl and pear-related products throughout the year. Definitely worth a visit (or a follow @ifeelsmug).
It stands to reason that owls on t-shirts are going to appeal to a certain type of person, and they are not usually male. But I reckon that FluffyCo have come up trumps with this print: it’s not over twee, and it’s going to look pretty good with khaki shorts or jeans on a bloke.
But just in case you’ve got a thing about printed t-shirts, and you’re male, and you’d prefer an owl on something more manly, then check out this owl heads eco wallet instead…
If you like what you’ve seen, you can preview the latest designs from FluffyCo at their website, via their Flickr photostream, or on twitter too (@fluffycosf). They do balloon prints too, just in case you don’t like owls.
Just got home to find the brand new People Tree catalogue on the door mat. Love that time of the year. Having marked a few pages of gorgeousness for later closer perusal, I was delighted to see the wonderful owls, as featured as a print and pattern on the new kids clothes at the back of the catalogue.
This boy’s t-shirt is made in India by Assisi – one of the very first groups that People Tree worked with. It was set up by Franciscan nuns, and provides training and employment for deaf, mute and poor women. It’s great to know that Assisi offers a haven for these women to live in, as well as a “safe and supportive working environment. They are paid a fair wage and a lump sum paid after five years of employment to start a home and often their own tailoring business.”
I love the owl design of these t-shirts – perfect for boys, girls, and any owl addict out there. It’s reassuring that in the pursuit of all things stylishly owlish, you can also be part of something really exciting. Like it says on the People Tree website: “For every beautiful garment People Tree makes, there’s an equally beautiful change happening somewhere in the world.”
These t-shirts are indeed beautiful, and they are also practical and stylish too. And even more inspiring to know, they are made from organic cotton that has been Soil Association certified to boot. In fact, People Tree’s close partnership with Assisi Garments has enabled it to become the first ever company to achieve the Soil Association mark for clothing produced in the developing world.
It’s hard not to love all the products in this season’s catalogue, but before I finish this post and start on the mammoth task that is clearing the debris from a toddler’s couscous dinner, let me leave you with a link to this divine People Tree knitted patchwork tunic – definitely on my list of things to covet this Autumn.
I’ve had this T-shirt for a few years now, and every time I wear it, I feel especially owlish. My sister has pointed out the perhaps non-coincidental placement of the owl’s eyes, but I am going to pretend that that doesn’t bother me. I even managed to stretch this owl over my humungous nine-month bump last year. Which might explain why it looks a bit odd now. However, it has definitely been one of my favourite owl buys. Ever.