Project White T-Shirt

The gallery where the t-shirts were displayed took on a laundromat theme.

It's rare to gather such innovative talent in a single room. Thirty-one designers from thirteen countries collaborated with
Project White T-shirt to benefit the Designers Against AIDS foundation. The task was simple: rethink, rearrange, and reinterpret the concept of the beloved white t-shirt of its simple shape into something more profound. The anticipation for the release of this project hit the blogosphere by storm. Not only did it incorporate the reinvention of a classic garment, but it was more importantly done by many underground designers. Personal favorites Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair and Complex Geometries are known for their unsurpassed creativity of their average garments, and that is why it was inevitable for me to venture into the depths of Chinatown in Los Angeles to see the pieces up-close.

Exhibited in
Welcome Hunters LA until January 27 and Space 15 Twenty Gallery throughout the month of February, these creations are well-worth the adventure. The venue is set up like a laundromat, which makes the space more interesting. The program is designed like an instruction manual for a washing machine and details the inspiration behind each designer.

Lee Cotter and Astrid Olsson of Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair knotted a t-shirt countless times to produce this interesting neck-piece.

From left to right: designs by Mundi, Narelle Dore, and Doktor Doktor / A Bug Collection.

From left to right: designs by Triple-Major, Skyward, and Jerell Scott.

The program for the exhibit was designed like an instruction manual for a washing machine.

These pieces are being auctioned on Project White T-shirt's
website. Can you believe you can own these works of art? Unfortunately, it's only blind auction, so bid high!

All photography courtesy of the author.

John Kim


  1. this looks fun! it will fit in well in space 15 twenty, but they should bring it to SF or berkeley soon :)

  2. This is such a cool concept. Many of these barely look like t-shirts at all.