Tee Co and pop star team up for success
A POP star has joined forces with two Macclesfield brothers to launch a new T-shirt line.
Bipolar Sunshine, real name Adio Marchant, is kitting out his growing fan base with a new T-shirt line fusing music, art and fashion.
The former Kid British frontman has teamed up with up-and-coming label Tee Co to create the range, using artwork designed by his fans in an online competition.
The start-up, founded by brothers Rick and Jon Ogden, offers a platform for artists to showcase their designs on its T-shirts as well as raising money to buy art supplies for orphanages and children’s homes in developing countries.
Adio said: “They had a stand at one of the festivals I was playing at and I was interested in the way they were going about things.
“I thought it would be great to link up and create something together.
“We’re both moving in a similar direction – onwards and upwards.”
The winning designs, by Sam Pickering and Connor Peploe, include a portrait of Adio and a simple but surreal space scene inspired by his song Deckchairs on the Moon.
Rick said: “We wanted to bring the two things together – music and art. We were really impressed with the designs that came through.”
The T-shirts are already flying off the shelves while fans eagerly await Adio’s debut album.
Tee Co started trading in March last year and is now a 24-hour operation after Jon re-located to Perth, Western Australia.
The brothers saw a £25,000 turnover in the first year and £80,000 predicted in year two.
The dynamic duo now boast dozens of designs, including trippy graphics and famous icons, from different artists including Manchester-based Dom Allen and Tatiana Titimova.
The company also features its own in-house design team.