As much as I love Tornado Mart for denim, I do rather blanche at the price tags of some of their other items. You see a pair of jeans will cost around the 20000 yen mark but a lowly T-shirt can come in at the 10000 mark (oh and don’t get me started on their shoes and jewelery….). Now that is not so say all their T-shirts do, but they tend to hover around the 7000 mark . On the other hand a stupid arty T-shirt from Loveless will cost around the same amount, at least Tornado Mart has the decency to actually put some work into their tops:
As you can see the one on the left has an artificial layered effect print – a superb optical illusion and a clever neckline, and the one on the right matches a foil print with some nice tribal embroidery. So you could never say that there isn’t a bit of work and design in these – beyond the usual stuck on rhinestones at least. On the other hand my issue with T-shirts is that they are obviously one of your most washed items so they do tend to show wear the fastest. In my experience my Tornado Mart T-shirts lose their clever finishes quite quickly till they are basically indistinguishable from a 2000 yen Magic Cinq one.
My policy on T-shirts has always been to avoid spending any kind of money on them and instead focus your funds into buying a great pendant and necklace. Pair a plain black T with some nice shiny silver and the accessories are going to be the focus of the outfit. To put it in perspective you could get 4 of the above TM T-shirts for the same price as a Justin Davis, Chrome Hearts or any brand pendant. Now the former are going to last a season but the latter will be with you for as long as you want it to. So unless you can afford to I would always make a T-shirt the very last thing you splash any serious cash on.