StudioDaily Style File: Filmmaking Shirts on Your Back
There are probably a lot of people out there who read this blog who are sports fans, be it football, basketball or auto racing. Over the years I've met quite a few people in the biz who aren't sports fans at all (truth told, I really only follow auto racing myself). Sports fans have long had the choice of a wide selection of T-shirts, hoodies, polos and all kinds of different wearables to proclaim their love of a sport or team. But if you're a filmmaker who doesn't give a flip about ball, racquet or wheeled sports, what are you supposed to wear? Maybe Della Luce or Film Tees can fit the bill.
Della Luce is the new kid on the block, even though the clothing line made its debut at NAB 2012 with a number of items in the NAB store. It's more than a T-shirt line: Della Luce has (in addition to T-shirts) hoodies and an upscale line of dress shirts. The dress shirts include a short sleeve polo, as well as other long sleeve options that will outfit you nicely for your fall shoots. Don't worry; the designs on the dress shirts aren't the catchy slogans that you often find on industry-styled clothing but instead feature hiply styled cinema-type art.
The Cine Lens henley would probably be my choice:
Prices seem to range from $19.95 specials up to $47 for the Cine Lens hoodie. There are a number of clever T-shirt designs as well. The I Heart DSLR design may be one of the more popular T-shirts, but my favorite is this one:
Another great option for filmmaking wearables is Film Tees. This outfit has been around since 2005 and concentrates mostly on T-shirts in the $22 – $24 price range (some tees are on sale for $10 – $12). They also have one Director's Chair hoodie available for $30. Film Tees has a very wide range of designs that should appeal to most every discipline in filmmaking, from writer to director, DP to visual effects. You could outfit yourself for an entire week and/or get some good gifts with the current sale.
Film Tees says the Director's Chair T-shirt is "our most popular shirt" and I understand why: It's got a nice, simple and clean design:
As an edito, my favorite Film Tees design would be the Fix It In Post T-shirt:
There are bound to be some other sites devoted to filmmaking T-shirts and wearables out there and if you know of any good ones, let us know in the comments. A search of Cafe Press brings up a lot of different one-off designs but buyer beware: the few T-shirts I've bought from Cafe Press over the years came with some questionable quality. Some have been good, others haven't. I saw (and felt) both the Film Tees and Della Luce stuff at NAB this year and they seem to be spun of high-quality cotton and are well constructed. If you want to wear your filmmaker on your sleeve, you've now got even more options.