Threadless Loves Thermos!

by Threadless / None /

Threadless Loves Thermos

Hopefully by now, everyone has seen the awesome Threadless-ized Thermos bottles that have been popping up! Oh you haven't? Now I bet you're wondering to yourself, "Look at those old tee designs! Why doesn't Threadless give me a chance to make a new design specifically for a Thermos bottle?" Wonder no longer.

Your challenge is to create an awesome design for a tee AND a Thermos bottle!

Please download our handy submission kit for all of the hot and cold details! We've never done a challenge incorporating a 3D canvas, so there are a few things you should be aware of! (Like, that this bottle is a different one than our initial Thermos/Threadless bottles). Other than that, go nuts! Make us all proud to be responsible, adult-like, eco-friendly Threadless Thermos heads.


Threadless Newsletter, And Why We're Saying Goodbye (To Some).

by lizatthreadless / None /

Hi! Liz here, I am the sender of the newsletters here at Threadless. Love me? Hate me? Either of those I can take, ignore me, well that hurts.

Here at Threadless we want to give you news, how you want, where you want. You want Facebook updates but hate getting email? That's fine by us. What is important is we keep you interested and give our community everything it needs to thrive, grow and be, well a community.

On Wednesday we sent out what will be the first of our "Breakup" emails asking people who have not acted on an email for a long time to either click, or we'll stop sending. We are taking a proactive step to stop sending emails to our newsletter subscribers who aren't reading them. There are some boring technical reason as to why this will benefit Threadless, but more importantly we want to work within our community to give them the information they want, when they want it, where they want it.

We are also thinking of ways to redesign the newsletters to maximize know, give you the content you want to receive. So tell us, what do you want to see in the newsletters? What do you not want to see?

Exposing Scores On The Submission Pages

by skaw / None /

As a lot of you noticed, yesterday we experimented with publicly displaying the current score a design is getting while it is still in the running. Part of the reason for that is to give designers more info about their design so they can act on it, be it finding ways to promote their design more or otherwise.

But the bigger issue here is that since about 2007, the number of people voting has been dropping pretty hard. Last year, we had significantly less votes registered when compared to 2007. Those votes are so important to our decisions in picking designs for print and we really need more people voting.

Separately, we feel like the last couple years the work we've been doing at Threadless has been mostly focused on sales, promotions and otherwise things related to the "Shop" section of the site. This year we are refocusing on the community and participate side of Threadless. There is a ton of exciting stuff happening in the community that goes unnoticed... and it's more valuable to the health of the company and the community for people to come in and start scoring designs than it is for someone to come and buy a t-shirt.

Right now when a design is submitted, it goes into this black hole where Threadless can't really talk about it... But by exposing scores publicly, it's the first step in give us the freedom to showcase the cool stuff that's happening in the community. So rather than just us talking about printed t-shirts for sale or a promotion we're running, we can talk about artists and their submissions, get people in there voting, show leader boards of currently top scoring designs, promote designs in the running to people that are just shopping on Threadless right now, etc.

That all said, right now I'm leaning towards a system where the average score becomes exposed after you've scored the design... kinda like how most poll systems work. So the score is still public in a way but it won't influence your own score. You could always go back and change your score but I don't think that will have nearly as large of an effect as exposing it up front would.

We'd love to hear any of your thoughts on how we can increase scoring numbers on designs and also how to make the cool stuff happening in the community more front and center to Threadless.

Threadless Loves Sharpie! (And 80'S Glam!)

by Threadless / None /

Loves Sharpie banner

Leg warmers, jellies, banana clips, and Valley girls! It's time to set your flux capacitors for the 1980s and re-love the GLAM. Thankfully, Sharpie has stepped in to make the process way bodacious!

Your challenge is to create a rad design based on 80's Glam and utilizing Sharpie's 80's Glam colors!

We'll be judging partly on your use of these colors in your design! So get out your Sharpies and start sketchin' out plans because your tubular design could score you THIS! A gnarly stand up Arcade Classics game! No way! And there's more prizing to boot!

Though the 80's live on forever in our hearts, you only have until February 6 to get your designs submitted, so glam on it. Pronto.

Threadless Is Giving Away 15 Shirts (And A Hoodie)!! =D

by polarizeme / None /

Hey all!

Every month, Alternative Press hosts a new set of contests pertaining to different bands and companies within the music industry (as much as I hate that term).

Threadless, No Sleep Records and The Felix Culpa have teamed up this month to bring you the chance to win a boatload of Threadless stuff, as well as the entire back-catalogue for The Felix Culpa! =D

If you want to enter to win the free stuff (there will be 5 winners, spanning 3 tiers), simply head on over to and do it! It's seriously that simple, I promise. =]

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask away. Either way, have fun and good luck!

Cheers! - Tristan -

Screaming Females

by wearecareful / None /

Screaming Females are playing in the Threadless Warehouse this Friday at 12:30pm CST. We will have it ustreaming so be sure to tune in at Threadless ustream

If you are in the Chicago area and would like to attend reply to this thread and I'll pick a few lucky people.

Threadless Kids! And Kids.

by lizatthreadless / None /

When I was 20, I bought my three year old cousin clothes for Christmas; cute clothes, but clothes. She opened the gift, took one look, said, “these aren’t presents”, threw them to the side and moved on to the toys. Since then, except for very small kids who don’t know the difference, maybe first Christmas or first birthday, I’ve refrained from buying clothes as gifts for kids.

Well this Christmas I broke my rule. I gave Threadless longsleeve tees to some of my favorite cold weather kids. Now, most I gave as a side gift, if you will, in addition to a toy. The idea being the parents would like the Threadless Kids tees, but the kids wouldn’t feel cheated by clothes. Well guess what. The kids loved the shirts! Henry took one look at Mammoths Were Hippies and freaked out that I had remembered that Wooly Mammoths are his FAVORITE (I didn’t, but he’d just seen a great exhibit at The Field Museum and is totally into them). Greta said, “This shirt is just like Olive’s!” having previously seen my daughter in Running Rhino. 4-year-old Tyler exclaimed, “I’ve wanted walkie talkies my whole life!” upon seeing his gift and then insisted on wearing Partly Hungry Skies to school refusing to cover it up with a sweater.

As a mom of the cutest girls in the universe (I mean, what mom’s kids aren’t the cutest?) I’m used to the “how cute”, and “awh isn’t she sweet” comments from complete strangers. I expected the “where did you get that shirt?” from other parents at the playground. But I have to admit I’ve been gleefully surprised by the response of other kids to the Threadless tees. I am talking about little kids, 2, 3, 4, 5 years old here. A little boy saw Olive in Mammoths Were Hippies at the Aquarium and exclaimed to anyone who was listening, “Look at her shirt! It has TWO elephants on it, and one has long hair and a headband”. I think some of what we here at Threadless HQ sometimes miss out on some of the IRL (in real life) commentary from kids who can’t yet express themselves in the blogs and comments of our online community.

So I ask you, what have you heard from the kids you know in response to the Threadless Kids shirts?

This Is Your Lunch On Awesome!

by Threadless / None /

Look down at your shirt. Now look at your water bottle. Now back to your shirt. Now look at your lunch bag. Now back to your shirt. Do they all have the same awesome Threadless design on them?


The cool folks at Thermos® just released a line of Threadless hydration bottles and lunch kits! Now you can keep yourself full of liquids and foodstuffs in style!

And if that wasn't enough, check out this sweet vid of Aled Lewis talkin' Threadless, design, and foam hands:

Scoop yourself a bag or a bottle at your local Target or your local Target website.

Like, Totes!

by Threadless / None /

Tired of carrying everything in your pockets? Or in those silly hands of yours? Well, now you no longer have to ‘cause we have TOTES! The designs are of course ridiculously amazing, doi...and the bags themselves are made by the super fantastic folks at Baggu.

Each 100% recycled cotton canvas tote has a 40 inch adjustable strap with brass hardware, a center snap, and a sneaky pocket on the inside. Now you can carry your Threadless tees around in a Threadless bag while wearing a Threadless tee. META! Or something.