We’ve done a thing, and we’re immensely proud of ourselves. Normally when we do a thing, we get distracted by something shiny, or by cheap Rover 45s on eBay. NOT THIS TIME THOUGH! This time we set about an idea – create an online store full of cool shirts and mugs (and soon, hoodies etc) that you, the discerning petrolhead, can wear with pride. This isn’t just about cheap cars though, this is about cars as a whole, about being passionate for tinkering, driving and expressing yourself through the medium of internal combustion. Or something like that. All that matters is OUR SHOP IS NOW OPEN FOR BUSINESS!
There are a lot of people out there making low effort, rubbish designs. We didn’t want our shop to be full of that nonsense. As such, we’ve brought in the artistic eyes and hands (and the rest of him, he’s still alive) of Mr. Jalco. You may be familiar with his work if you’re active on social media. If not, don’t worry. You can check out his site here. He’s a time-served, passionate artist who has worked hard to make our ideas come to life in his brilliant and inimitable style.
To start with, the team here at Not £2 Grand (Pollitt, Mike and Jalco) work out the ideas that will be best. Once we’ve stopped arguing, Jalco tells us which ones are best, we agree and then he goes to work with the pencils. Each one is sketched and then inked before being uploaded into a digital version ahead of the colour, shading, text and finer details being added. This is proper. These designs aren’t thrown together, they’re created with care and impressive attention to detail.
We wanted our shop to be full of stuff that we’d be happy to wear, and that we hope you will, too. Shirts with cars that we all love, with pop culture automotive icons, or with designs that sum up the lifestyle that comes with car culture. We want these clothes and mugs to be something you can wear and proudly say ‘yeah, that’s me, that’ as you do. We want them to be clothes and mugs and in time, other products, that enhance your passions and your love for cars.
The Shirts and the Printing
Quality is what matters to us here at Not £2 Grand. This site isn’t about cheap cars, and it never has been. It’s about getting the most bang for your buck; the best car you can get. This is is here to show you that a cheap car doesn’t have to be a cheap car. And the same is true of this new line of merch in our shop. It’s not cheap, quick rubbish. We have extensively researched the best suppliers, we have spent a not inconsiderable amount on samples, we’ve worn them, washed them, drank from them, put them through the dishwasher. We’ve made sure that what you pay for is quality, that it lasts and that will hopefully make you come back for more.
The shirts are from the Gildan range, and they come pre-shrunk. They are extremely comfortable, and slighter longer than your average shirt, so have a lovely fit. The printing is carried out to order here in the UK and is printed using Kornit HD technology, meaning they’re near screen print quality, they’re durable and the colours are vibrant and true. It’s quality schmutter, to quote our dad.
The Launch Discount
We want this to be a success, we want you to love our products and we want to invade Luxembourg. You can’t help us with the last bit, but the first two are all you. As such, we’ve launched with a 10% discount across the board, which will run throughout the month of August. So have a browse of the shop, see what you like, and when you get to the basket, boom, 10% off. Noice.
Finally, there is the competition. At the end of August we will enter all the order numbers into a random number generator, and we will refund FIVE ORDERS IN FULL. But, we’ll only refund your order if you use the hashtag #DatSweetMerch and post to socials. If you don’t, you can’t be entered. So go on, drop #DatSweetMerch and be in with a chance of getting every penny of your order back!