Too hot to think about what to wear? Here’s our rundown of the best summer merch to keep you looking cool.
The heat has played havoc with our garms. Our limited summer wardrobes stretched to capacity thanks to an abundance of sunshine (we knew we’d find a negative). Ah well, you can always trust bands, artists and labels to come through during this time of year, offering an escape route for even the most sartorially challenged. From water bottles to specially designed tees, socks to, well, more really, really nice tees, we’ve scanned the wealth of summer-themed merch to save you the hassle. And the heatstroke. Don’t worry, it’ll all be over soon.
NTS x Jiro Bevis ‘Hosono’ Shirt
In case you haven’t noticed, Japanese ambient records from the 80s have been experiencing a second life with reissue culture, and one of the most celebrated composers from the era is Haruomi Hosono. Those records are rare and hard to find now though, so here’s a simpler way to celebrate Hosono instead – with a t-shirt featuring graphics designed by illustrator Jiro Bevis. Move fast though, as they’re selling out quickly.
Laurie Anderson Hat by Boot Boyz Biz
Chicago bootleggers Boot Boyz Biz have done it again, releasing a run of seriously stylish, graphic-heavy garments. Pulling logos and ephemera from across the internet, the duo have designed a line celebrating Ursula K Le Guin, Ana Mendieta and Laurie Anderson, so you can look cool while dropping even cooler references to your cultural habits. Their drops usually sell out overnight. Run, buy it here.
Bokeh Versions Green Logo T-Shirt
Helmed by Miles Opland, otherwise known as Bokeh Edwards, the Bristol-based label has an output of future-facing, experimental dub, championing ‘outernational’ and cosmic sounds on the airwaves. This summery version of their merch has been designed by celebrated illustrator and designer Patrick Savile. Buy it here.
Golf Wang's 3D Golf Polo Strapback
Last year, Tyler, the Creator made his return with one of Crack Magazine’s favourite albums. But, this being Tyler, he also dropped a Flower Boy-themed collection via his fashion line, Golf Wang. His touring schedule is criminally lacking in UK tour dates, so get a piece of that flower boy life via this summery six-panel with rainbow typography instead.
Pioneer's 16 oz. BPA Free Nalgene Water Bottle
It’s important to stay hydrated during this trying season. Buy this here.
Kid Cudi x Kanye's Kids See Ghosts Merch
Ok, this one isn’t available to buy anymore but if you can get your hands on the collection, we’d highly recommend doing so. Representing the third instalment of Kanye’s run of releases from his collaborative Wyoming sessions, the Kid Cudi line was an instant standout from Kanye’s merch collections, featuring artwork from iconic artist Takashi Murakami.
Jimothy Lacoste's Subway System T-Shirt
Last year Jimothy Lacoste became a YouTube sensation overnight with the video Subway System. Featuring the young star riding a bike on the platform of tube stations, whilst complaining about ticket prices, the fun was cut short once TfL caught wind of it and sent a letter to Lacoste reprimanding him for engaging in dangerous activities. Be a rebel and support top viral content with this shirt. Punk’s not dead, it just went Underground.
Not Waving's Long Sleeve T-Shirt
Featuring elements from the stunning cover of Not Waving’s Good Luck, live your best life this summer on that no-wavey vibe with this fluorescent long sleeve.
Red Light Radio x Obey Socks
As we swap the trainers for sandals this season, summer can bring on a level of vulnerability that we hadn’t bargained for. We’ve got your feet covered though – pair those sandals with these statement socks.
IDLES Album Cover T-Shirt
Bristol-based post-punk outfit recently announced their upcoming album Joy as an Act of Resistance, which came accompanied by the pro-immigration anthem Danny Nedelko. Calling out toxic masculinity and xenophobia, support the band’s cause with this tee.