Unified Goods Highlights the '90s
For the fourth instalment of our Selector’s Market, we've gone back to the roots of the collaboration and handed the reigns over to Unified Goods curator and polymath James Goodhead.
This instalment maintains the collaboration’s focus on graphic T-shirts. It channels the vibrant commercial energy of 1990s America whilst seamlessly traversing diverse subcultures, from neon-adorned rave to Brit-pop bootlegs, guiding us on an immersive journey through the dynamic landscapes of the era.
We sat down with our very own Ian Paley to discuss some of his favourites from the collection.
Ian Paley's Selections
Ian picked this tee because it reminds him of a time when he and his friends used to make mixtapes for each other on Maxell cassettes.
"That captures the essence of what makes vintage tees great."
Yes, because they are one-of-a-kind and full of character, but also because they resonate with us. They allow us to track our cultural interests along a timeline and celebrate the past.
But it’s not just the past that Ian looks to in this collaboration. The Sony tee, with its Saxophone DVD back-graphic, reminds him of the very jumper he is wearing now, a Sony-inspired sweatshirt from L.A.-based b.Eautiful.
“It’s nice to have real vintage ones and be able to carry on with the new ideas.”
This tee provides us with a link, a way to trace the evolution of graphic inspiration and how it's re-adapted in modern forms.
Blur World Tee
This one reminds Ian of his personal collection of Disney character tees and, particularly, his trips to Japan and Australia, where he tracked them down.
It's reminiscent of an era where bootlegs were less regulated, which gave us a plethora of characterful parodies on recognisable logos.
This Blur spoof is the perfect example, celebrating the band’s 1995 Album The Great Escape, the tee embodies the cheeky, irony-riddled era of Brit-pop.
Bud Frogs Tee
Whassssuppp! Remember that? Well, this tee pays homage to the quirkier Bud Frogs, an ad predating "Whassup." It captures that vibrant '90s commercial energy. They don’t make them like they used to.
Because of the latter’s success, “no one really remembered it.” But it still makes Ian laugh.
This tee celebrates the triumph of the New York Yankees’ 1996 season and references one of their lesser-spotted monikers, ‘The Bronx Bombers’, solidifying its status as a unique part of '90s New York history.
Unified Goods is a London based concept store, specialising in the curation of "culturally conscious artefacts from across the globe." At its helm stands all-rounder James Goodhead, who has a knack for finding treasures that evoke a deep sense of nostalgia, ranging from rare VHS tapes and vintage tees to beach towels and toys. Each piece is carefully selected by James, whose selections have made Unified Goods a global destination for vintage goods.
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