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Design Bedding For Bed Bath &Amp; Beyond!

by Threadless / None /

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It doesn’t matter if you can properly pronounce “duvet” or know nothing about the European etymology of the word. What matters is that you have a chance to create a design or a pattern for a duvet with a matching pillow sham!* Just like these Threadless + Bed Bath & Beyond duvet covers, the designs chosen from this challenge will be sold online and in Bed Bath & Beyond stores throughout America. Keep in mind that everyone decorates their home differently, so all sorts of designs can be in the running. You can design for a university dorm room, first apartment, master bedroom, or whatever else you can think of!

Since this challenge is different than any other, here are a few guidelines: - You can use the same design for both the duvet cover and pillowcase or create coordinating designs for each piece. - Keep your design or pattern limited to 8 colors. - Mock up your design on these 3D templates to show the size and placement on a duvet cover and sham. - Designs that are too detailed may not print clearly.

*fancy names for comforter covers and pillowcases.

Check out the prizing, download the submission kit and get started!

Design A Backpack From Start To Finish!

by jesshanebury / None /

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We hate to break it to ya, but summer’s on its last dregs. Soon it’ll be time to pack away the sunscreen and break out the books. But don’t fret, there’s one exciting thing about heading back to school: new supplies! And even better, you get to design every aspect of the most essential item in any back-to-school wardrobe.

You can create a simple pattern or design for both the outside and inside of the new Select Backpack. If your design is chosen, you will also help pick the stitching, straps, buckles, pockets, and interior organization of the backpack. But you need to be speedy, because this challenge will end super fast!

Once submissions close on August 10, we’ll immediately begin creating the chosen design right here in the USA. The backpacks will be cut, sewn, and produced in a factory located three miles from Threadless HQ in Chicago. We’ll share behind-the-scenes video of the production process daily until the backpack is released. Starting August 20, we’ll start selling a limited run of 250 backpacks just in time for the back to school season.

You have less than two weeks to submit your design, so sharpen your #2 pencils, download the submission kit and get to work!

Tech Update -- On Demand

by jonnyblujeans / None /

Threadless Techies have the greatest job in the world -- taking all of the fun ideas from the company (and the community), and translating them into working applications. We have a lot of exciting things in the works, and we want to share them with you as they come online.

You probably know that you can now buy iPhone cases for many of our designs, and that any new or reprinted designs will have a case available. You might not know that these are handled very differently than our traditional catalog offerings. Rather than creating them ahead of time and warehousing the items, we’re creating the cases “on demand”.

For us, “on demand” means we don’t print the case until it’s been ordered. It’s great because we can offer a larger selection, and launch new designs faster. But it required a lot of changes to our code base.

As a back-end developer, I’m focused on getting the data into the right place, in the right format. This project required a small team of developers, working with departments across the company, to pull off.

The first step was setting up the site to display and sell the items. It sounds simple, but so much of our logic depends on an item being in-stock, we had to rethink everything from the catalog pages to the shipments. In the end, these items have the same properties as our warehoused products, but with a special on-demand flag. Having to not add another data model was a big win for stability and maintenance.

After the order is placed, it takes a separate route from the normal orders. A special process detects it, prepares the artwork, and starts the printing. This is all happening on our new Django platform, which we’re excited about, and will be talking about quite a bit. When the case is finished printing, it’s returned to the normal flow for packing and shipping.

What this has given us, besides the opportunity to sell great-looking cases, is the flexibility to be more creative with our processes. As we come up with new products, and new ways to create them, we can use this foundation to bring them to the community.

So that’s our latest launch, we’ll be updating this blog regularly. We love hearing from fellow techies, and anyone else that wants to chat. We’ll do our best to answer any questions.

Jam With Us This Monday 7/30!

by Threadless / None /

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This Monday, June 30, Threadless is hosting a Turntable.fm Listening Party- and you're invited!

SAY WHAAAAA???

If you're not familiar with turntable.fm, you best get acquainted because this is a one-day listening event, 9 am-5 pm CST! We'll be playing all of our favorite tunes, from oldies to the next big thing. You can catch your fave threadstaffers DJing all day long!

All you need to do to participate is login to our turntable room Monday morning at 9 am CST and we'll do the rest!

http://turntable.fm/threadless_loves_music

See you there!

Learn How To Threadless Via Stop Motion!

by cshimala / None /

After months of on and off work, Craig's first real attempt at a stop motion video is complete. He learned a lot on the job with this one. When it was all said and done Craig ended up with 84.5 gigs of stuff! Big thanks to Betsy, Alex, Joe, Sean, Jess, Rachel, Collin & the fine folks at Optimus Chicago. Please check it out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7sMFOfVeS8&hd=1 Make sure you watch it in HD. Click the little gear link next to CC to adjust the settings.

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Hey Chicago Threadfriends! Come To Our Booth At The Make Great Market This Weekend.

by Threadless / None /

Making Great is taking over Chicago's Logan Square this weekend! We're sponsoring the Make Great Market at the Milwaukee Arts Festival.

We have a booth where we'll be hanging out and selling tees, bags, freakers, and more! Stop by to shop or just say hi to our crew. Find our booth at Milwaukee and Belden. This is our EXACT location, like 41.923451,-87.699051 exact.

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Dress Your Threadkids In Back To School Styles For Only $12.50!

by betsym / None /

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Just in time for back to school, we’ve released a whole backpack full of new awesome kids tees. Now your Threadkid can strut into art class wearing awesome art!

The collection features lots of new designs, some previously printed designs featured for the first time on kid’s tees and reprinted favorites.

The best part is everything in the new collection is only $12.50! Go on, Threadmoms and Threaddads, commence spoiling.

Check out the kids collection now!

P.S. Look for new baby and toddler styles next week!

Submit To Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas Design Challenge!

by jesshanebury / None /

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When Jack Skellington discovers the magical world of Christmastown, he can’t help but add a dash of Halloween scare to all that holiday cheer. Now it’s your turn to transform Jack and his creepy crawly army with a design inspired by Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Design the ookiest, spookiest t-shirt you can conjure and help scare the beard right off jolly old Saint Nick.

Keep in mind:

  • Your design can include one or several characters from the film. Designs with other characters from other properties or celebrity likenesses will not be accepted.
  • Do not use the Nightmare Before Christmas logo or any other logos in your design.
  • Adult themes cannot be used (sex, drugs, alcohol, violence, profanity, gambling, etc.).

Check out the guidelines & the awesome prizing then submit your design!

Rsvp To The 6th Annual Threadless Family Reunion!

by jesshanebury / None /

Yay! We can't wait to see you at the Meetup! We've got tons of great stuff planned for the day part and a "beach prom" themed after party! (Beach prom costumes encouraged but not required!)

Come hang out with your Threadpals, draw, dance & find out this year's Bestee winners! Click the image below to RSVP! Hooray!

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Neil Gaiman Inspires Us To Make Good Art. And We Think That's Pretty Great.

by Threadless / None /

By now, most of you have checked out Comics-On Tees Vol. 6. This volume is based on the story “The Day The Saucer’s Came,” written by super cool dude and renowned comic superstar Neil Gaiman. The 4 packs sold out yesterday, so we just ordered more! Grab yours before they sell out again!

We’re kinda star-struck by this dude, as many of you might be too. Maybe you saw him on The Simpsons, watched his Doctor Who episode, or read one of the 100s of comics he's written. Neil recently gave a super-inspiring commencement speech at The University of the Arts. Neil’s “make good art” philosophy fits pretty well with our way of thinkin’!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikAb-NYkseI

Thanks to Neil for being a part of Comics-On Tees! Come visit Threadless HQ! We could always use a good ol’ pump up speech.

And in case ya didn’t know, The Day The Saucers Came, Issue 1, Vol. 6 by Estudio Verso is the chosen design from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund challenge. 25% of the sale of the tee designed by Estudio Verso will go to the CBLDF.

Create A Vintage T-Shirt Design For The Gap + Threadless Collection

by Threadless / None /

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What is it about vintage tees that is so much cooler than modern, new fangled t-shirts? Is it the nostalgia of old type and design? Does the comfy worn-in feel of our favorite thrift store tee take us back to a bygone era? We're challenging you to capture that old-school look for our next Gap + Threadless collection.

Your challenge is to create a vintage themed design.

Create a design that takes us way back to when none of us were born. Keep in mind that we're now printing Threadless + Gap designs on tees for men, women, kids, toddlers, and babies. So your design can be whimsical, clever, funny or beautiful.

Hop in your brain's time machine and get started!

Check out the prizing and submit your design!

Comics-On Tees Vol. 6: A Neil Gaiman Story All Over Your Tees!

by Threadless / None /

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Today we released our sixth installment of Comics-On Tees! This volume is written by comic legend Neil Gaiman! Woot!

Read the whole story here!

The Day The Saucers Came, Issue 1, Vol. 6 by Estudio Verso is the chosen design from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund challenge. 25% of the sale of each tee will go to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

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The Day The Saucers Came, Issue 2, Vol. 6 by Ben Templesmith

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The Day The Saucers Came, Issue 3, Vol. 6 designed by Brandon Graham.

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The Day The Saucers Came, Issue 4, Vol. 6 designed by John Cassaday.

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Check Out The Newest Threadless + Gap Designs Created By 34 Artists In 15 Countries!

by Threadless / None /

Today a whole new batch of Threadless + Gap tees are all available in Gap stores and most are available online! And this go round, everyone can snag themselves a tee! Threadless + Gap tees are now available in <a href="http://www.gap.com/browse/category.do?cid=83636

">girl & boy sizes as well as women's, men's and toddler tees and baby bodysuits.

This new collection features designs from 34 artists in 15 different countries, 26 of whose designs are being sold for the first time at Gap!

Check out the new designs:

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Congrats to all the artists and make sure to snag your favorite tees!

At Comic-Con This Weekend? Come Visit Us At Booth 1617!

by Threadless / None /

We’ve got a booth at Comic-Con this weekend!! We’ll be selling different batches of comic tees and regular tees each day + we’ll also have some other fun prizes and SWAG! Make sure to go high five Lance & Tristan at the Threadless booth (1617)! Follow #SDCC for updates on what tees we’re selling each day.

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Submit A Knit Design For A Sweater, Hat, Or Scarf!

by Threadless / None /

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Everyone knows we all look 45.2% more adorable when wearing a knit hat, sweater, or scarf. It's just science. We're thinkin' we can up that number to a clean 72% when that knit happens to be designed by you.

Help us test our hypothesis by submitting a design for a Select hat, sweater, or scarf! The Knit Collection will hit our warehouse shelves just in time for winter's frigid embrace.

Keep in mind: - All knit designs must be 2-3 colors. Your colors will be matched to the many available yarn
colors if your design is chosen. - For sweater designs, the collar and cuffs must be solid colors. Keep your design or pattern off of these areas. - We will translate these designs into knit, so some detail is allowed. But avoid textures and gradients, and do not submit a design that is too finely detailed. - Design for a hat, sweater, scarf, or all three! Mock up your design using templates from the Knits Sub Kit.

Download the sub kit here!

Check out the prizing and submit your design!

Threadspotting: Celebrity Reactions Edition!

by KyleGeib / None /

Our friend Steve Weintraub over at Collider.com loves movies. He loves movies so much that you’ll often find Steve interviewing exciting celebrity guests on the Collider site. Do you know what else Steve loves? Do you? Do you?!

...Yep, it’s Threadless!

Steve Weintraub of Collider.com

Steve has been kind enough to continually send us video of celebrities talking about the Threadless tees he wears while conducting his interviews. Now, we’re being kind enough to share them with you! Click the images below to be redirected to the videos:

Here’s Antonio “Muchtoosexy” Banderas being charmed by Moon Hug designed by R.

Antonio Banderas

Here’s Bradley Cooper saying dirty words (Afternoon Delight by Chris Bishop)

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Not So Happy by Lora Zombie caught the attention of Michelle Pfeiffer, as well as Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks!

Michelle Pfeiffer

Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks

Thanks Steve for continuing to support Threadless! Remember, as always, if you see Threadless tees in the wild, send us a note at sightings@threadless.com and we'll talk about them here... AND we'll give you some Street Team Points to boot! Enjoy!

Project Repat Is Transforming Old Threadless Tees Into Totes And Jobs. Upcycle That!

by Threadless / None /

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Remember those 40,000 tees we removed from our warehouse shelves? We have been working to put them to good use.

We’re partnering with Project Repat to save them from being trashed. Once upcycled, three t-shirts make for one great double layered tote!

Your purchase supports the Project Repat mission of turning textile waste into fair wage jobs in the USA. Plus, you’ll look stylish sporting designs made by the international community of Threadless artists.

The designs featured are KEEP ON BURNIN’ by Jerry Maninang, Every Night I Have the Same Dream by Tony Moore, Into the Sea... by Julia Kisselmann, Legendary Design Failure by Glenn Jones, Secret Garden by Cheok Siew Yen & Shoot Me Again by Santiago Sarquis Limong.

We’re excited about turning tees into totes and jobs. We hope you love ‘em!