One of the most popular pieces on Brews And Books since I began the site has been this list of literary t-shirts. After J.D. Salinger passed away this week, a number of people pointed me towards a website that deserves to be added to the list; OutOfPrintClothing.com.
Out of Print “celebrates the world’s great stories through fashion.” Their shirt designs are striking in their simplicity, featuring the covers of classic novels from around the world. Though I recognize some of the covers from the shelves of our store, many of them are from old, out of print editions of books. While the Catcher in the Rye shirt is getting the most love this week (for obvious reasons), the other 15 designs on the site are just as iconic as the famous cover of Salinger’s book. There are also some interesting choices for inclusion, like a shirt featuring the cover of the first edition of L. Ron Hubbard’s 1948 Final Blackout.
The shirts on the site are all currently available for pre-order, with shipping starting on February 15th. Right now, the shirts are all men’s/unisex tees, but the site promises more designs and women’s shirts in March.
The shirt are a little pricey if you’re used to the 15 buck shirts from Threadless, with all the Out of Print designs running $28. This difference in price, however, is made up for by the fact that for each shirt sold, a book is donated to a community in need through Books for Africa. It’s also worth remembering that the price accounts for Out of Print needing to work with artists, authors and publishers to license the book covers. So it goes.
So buy a shirt, help get books to people in need, and wear your book geekiness proudly! I’m looking forward to the middle of February, when I’ll be able to proudly sport my Slaughterhouse-Five shirt.