A Delicious T-Shirt Trend

The latest trend in local fashion? Wearing your food and drink preferences.

Conventional wisdom declares bringing up religion and politics impolite. In Kansas City, there’s a third controversial topic that often gets added to that list: barbecue. Still, if you want to wear your allegiance, Made in the Middle now offers Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-QueFiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue and Gates Bar-B-Que T-shirts as part of its limited edition Sauce Series.

How’s this for a brand make in local-cool heaven? Charlie Hustle and J. Rieger & Co. teamed up for a new T-shirt collection inspired by the whiskey purveyor’s long history in KC and its recent reinvention. The four tees available pull from some of the historic marketing pieces of the prohibition era, with designs paying homage to Rieger Whiskey’s famous Monogram Whiskey and slogan, “O! So Good.” Learn more about the history behind the tees on Charlie Hustle’s blog. The company also makes Boulevard Brewing Company shirts.

Frank Ozmun has worked with some of the biggest names in retail, from Gap and J. Crew to Patagonia and Frye, and now he’s bringing his stylish sensibilities to his own line, Public Market. Offerings online currently include totes as well as ultra-soft organic tees emblazoned with messages like “Grow Your Own” and “Support Organic Farmers.” The shirts are designed to get people thinking about their food and where it comes from so they can make more responsible and sustainable choices.

Photos via companies’ websites.