Wear your talk tees: Flaunt your advocacy with these 4 local t-shirt shops
Although we’re mostly at home, it hasn’t stopped people from keeping up with fashion trends and even creating new fads out of our usual outfits.
From the chic crocheted tops, classic vintage outfits, comfortable loungewear, and thrifted clothes, we could easily shop our Pinterest boards almost everywhere online. But there’s another fashion favorite that comes lining up in the street–the elevated statement tees.
No, this ain’t your usual random-worded garment or your plain go-to shirt during lazy days; these statement tees serve as both comfort and function for active advocates.
Curious on how they look? Here are a few local online shops to check out.
Morena The Label
Driven by her advocacy to “challenge colorism and celebrate people of dark skin tones” like herself, YouTuber and writer Ayn Bernos founded this local clothing brand that offers easy-to-style and minimalist tees carrying bold statements about body and color positivity.
Their first collection is a design of white shirt that has messages emblazoned across the chest like “I like my tan, Tita”, “Morena girls represent”, and a straightforward but impactful word that simply says “Morena”– sold for P499 each.
For a finishing touch, tote bags, bucket hats, and sweatshirts are also available for purchase on their website.
They believe that by having a conversation (through their products), people will begin to unlearn prejudice against dark-skinned people, or at the least, see it as a positively normal attribute.
After all, what outfit is best to wear other than confidence?
Local online shop CamiCoco PH has got you covered with their conversation starter collection of statement tees. Their ‘Empowered Women Bundle’ says it all– being a woman makes you no less than men, the same way no gender should experience objectification.
For P950, you can get yourself three tees — ‘My body, my rules’, ‘Babae ka’, and ‘Future is female’, and definitely the price is very much reasonable for the quality of fabric they used.
Unlike other online shops that sell usual statement t-shirts, Hiraya Pilipina offers graphic tees that are more visually attractive– designs that have some sort of image or other graphic illustrations printed on them.
The brand goes by the name Hiraya Pilipina which means vision for the Filipinas as this women-owned online shop campaigns for women empowerment.
One of their bestsellers is the ‘Abante Babae’ t-shirt that has an imprinted bold, red letter on it that speaks so much about women’s way of clothing. Retail price is P499.
Strong call for action and casual fit tees are the specialty of this online shop, established in 2020.
Their products support campaigns like ‘Stop Lumad killings’, ‘Defend press freedom’, and ‘[hashtag] No students should be left behind’.
Likhax Artwear offers original digital illustrations and calm color palettes, and you wouldn’t even recognize that there are subtle yet strong messages behind their tees. Trust me when I say they are surprisingly stylish and powerful.
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