When we discontinued our “print on demand” apparel on Feb. 1, we promised we would replace it with stuff that matched the quality and philosophy of our books and tools. In the coming weeks, we will release several of these products.
It’s been a lot more work to find these small domestic companies and get these items made from scratch. But we think it’s worth the effort.
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First out will be a coffee mug by Grey Fox Pottery in Minnesota. John is very keen on coffee (we might someday have our own brand of coffee beans – John is a “super taster”), and he found this supplier. These are handmade, hand-glazed stoneware mugs. These mugs are in our warehouse now and will probably be available to buy later this week. Price: $25 plus shipping.
We are already working on a beer stein with Grey Fox that will feature our skep logo. That should be out before Christmas.
Tom Bonamici, our clothing designer, has been really busy with new products. Next out will be a new T-shirt. These will be out in about a week or two. This shirt is 100 percent cotton, cut, sewn and printed for us by a small outfit in Oregon. This shirt is incredibly hard to photograph, but I’ll figure out how to honestly represent it so you can see what you are getting.
The Lost Art Press logo is printed on the shirt with dye sublimation, so it will not flake or fade.
The ink is a grey, and as the navy blue fades, the logo will become a little more visible. But it’s supposed to be a subtle thing.
Also on deck: a new bandana from One Feather Press that will feature the “Don’t Despair: Nothing Without Labour” illustration, which we are having redrawn for the bandana. That should arrive in about a month.
And finally, we will start stocking navy blue hats from Ebbets Field with a felt patch representing our dividers sewn onto the hat. Those will be out in late summer.
— Christopher Schwarz