Streetwear special: Where to get the season's must-have band T-shirt

Streetwear special: Where to get the season's must-have band T-shirt

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Text: Andrea Sim

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Image: Instagram | @bleachedgoods,

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The trend of sporting a lived-in band T-shirt has traversed the rocky road over the years. Are they in, or are they out? If so, when? Just like how music never dies, even ye of little faith can be certain that the love for grungy T-shirts will always be revived. Hitting a home run with Hollywood for the most part of 2016, we recommend three labels — that run the gamut of something old, something new and something borrowed — to bump your tee collection up a notch. 


Something old: Having set up shop in 1998, Junk Food Clothing Co is a veteran on the scene. Like Beyoncé is to music, the company has dominated the band T-shirt domain for years, kitting out everyone from teens to celebrities. In other words, this is one stop you can count on for band tees even when they're not a mainstream hit. 
You'll want to shop there if: An extensive range to choose from scores brownie points with you. Purveying variations and permutations of each band shirt, they've also most prominently stuck by the 20th century greats. Blondie, ACDC, and Pink Floyd fans who've never managed to score actual merch? You know where to go. 


Something new: Rising to internet fame sometime earlier this year, the label sells one thing and one thing only: The most famed band T-shirts of all time tweaked to incorporate luxury label branding. Mettallica, Margiela. Iron Maiden, Chanel Iron Lager. Notoriously difficult to get a piece of, there's little else known about Bleached Goods except that they're, well, all about the goods.  
You'll want to shop there if: You look forward to brands like Saint Laurent and Burberry's runway shows not just for the clothes, but also because these labels have their finger on the pulse when it comes to show tunes. 


Something borrowed: Unapologetically street in the most visceral way possible, Modern Man calls on contemporary design heroes for a low-brow take on high fashion. Think: Portraits of Demna Gvasalia, Phoebe Philo and Gosha Rubchinskiy screened across tees.
You'll want to shop there if: You consider yourself a fashion groupie, or have an appetite for a little sartorial irony. While brands like Les (Art)ists have propogated the designer version of sporting 'jerseys', it's clear that Modern Man does exactly that — only in the musical context. 

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