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Behind the Graphics…The Writing’s On the Tee Collection

Behind the Graphics…The Writing’s On the Tee Collection

Jul 19, 2018

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I first saw cards and prints from Dahlia Press when I was on a coolhunting retail safari here in Seattle. It was late 2016 and I was drawn into the small shop by the tee in the window that “Love Trumps Hate.” 

Soon after, we started carrying Dahlia Press cards at Oiselle Store, and since its founder, Stephanie, is in Seattle - we met up at The Nest. As a fellow entrepreneur, I’m so impressed with what she’s built. Do check out her website. From “Women Take Action” cards to wedding invites and more, she’s created a special brand. The Writing’s On the Tee Collection includes some of Stephanie's most beloved prints (“Women’s Rights are Human Rights” and “High Five”) as well as a few words of our own. 

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“Women’s rights are human rights” can’t feel any more timely than it does right now.

Writer Vera Nazarian wrote: "A woman is human. She is not better, wiser, stronger, more intelligent, more creative, or more responsible than a man. Likewise, she is never less. Equality is a given. A woman is human.” 

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“No Thank You” doesn't really need an introduction, but it has a bit of a story…a story that started at Lauren Fleshman’s running-writing retreat, Wilder. I was lucky enough to attend last year and one of the writing prompts was “no thank you.” When we unfurled our notebooks, my pen flowed. Turns out I wanted to say no thank you to a lot of things, from big cultural forces to the small and daily. I made a no thank you list. Two pages, in fact. Everything from "no thank you to toxic people," to "no thank you to things that are presented as gifts but aren't." The aha moment was realizing women are often raised to say yes - and yet learning to say no in the right situations is closely tied to our self-actualization.

On more of a hell yes note, I need to do a fabric call-out. As you’ll see, if you get a chance to wear and wash and run in this new fabric, you’ll discover the difference of Tee-Lux. A poly/rayon/spandex blend it’s designed to be soft, stretchy, and durable, but also to get sweaty and keep you cool. Technical lifestyle. Or casual tech. Whatever you might call it, it’s an incredible knit on which you’ll see many of our styles this year and next. 

As with all things we make, we hope you love the collection - and all the goodness that is making up the start of Fall 18. Thank you for believing in O. Head up, wings out!

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