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Best Young Brands of 2008

Posted on 30 December 2008 by Shaun

‘08 Emptees Edition

These are my picks for the stand out brands of the year. These are all young companies that are taking the industry by storm.

*Update Electric Zombie has won the poll for the best young brand of ‘08. We saw a lot of good stuff this following year but I have to agree that EZ was one of the stand outs for sure. I hope the next year is just as good or better for all of you!
Keep doing what you do,
-Hillman (MadeByMAS)

Voting Closed, Official Standings
You can check out all the brands below!

Electric Zombie
Fuzzy Ink
Linty Fresh
Snakes & Suits
The Horror Project
Zombie Liquorice

34 Comments For This Post

  1. elliot Says:

    wheres johnny cupcakes?wheres 410bc? wheres glamour kills? youre missing alot here

  2. admin Says:

    I added 410BC but I purposely left out a ton because I do not consider them “Young” brands. I love JC but hes been around for ages.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    these are just emptees brands.. you should broaden your horizons. check out different types of brands. for example: beta unit, your eyes lie, blacktooth, das monk, creep street, 410 bc, the award tour, the list goes on

  4. admin Says:

    Thanks for the input. To be honest I mainly chose emptees brands for my readers. Im all about other brands, I even know some of the guys from the companies your mentioned.

  5. William Says:

    Prestigious. Lots of coverage in 2008 and progressing rapidly.

  6. Jeff Finley Says:

    Nice post Hillman! You should do a guest post for the gomediazine. Gain some exposure for you!

  7. zach bloodshot Says:

    dekay clothing is the shizznat
    there is no designer better than him

  8. BRIAN Says:

    I cant believe that Never In Wonderland is not on here! they are newer than a majority of these brands…but i appreciate the post a lot, Im always looking for new threads to wear:) good to get the word out there! very nice post…

  9. Mike Martin Says:

    Could you add I’m a Hot Tee? We’re new, AND an Emptees regular :]

  10. downrodeo Says:

    Great post man… Personally though, I’m a huge Zombie Liquorice fan.

  11. WordApparel Says:

    Thanks for putting us up brother!

    im shocked that we made it on this list!

    so many good companies!

  12. Anonymous Says:

    i bet 410bc, electric zombie and linty fresh will win

  13. Anonymous Says:

    410bc isnt really young are they?

  14. tiffanie Says:

    this is for best YOUNG brand. brands like glamour kills have been around for years.

  15. Anonymous Says:

    it should be EZ, 410 and then Linty Fresh. no offense to word but they are no where near those guys. just look at their site, designs and photos. they dont have a real website only a big cartel, their photos are terrible and they only have a few designs.

  16. Anonymous Says:

    i am a fan of all the brands on here… theyre all hot new companies coming up! say what you want about any of them…. but ask yourself…”WHAT HAVE I DONE TODAY?” -great little site guys! keep up the good work!

  17. Anonymoustopsy Says:


  18. Tim Says:

    We’re young. We’re god damn babies! Assault!

  19. troy Says:

    Where’s johnny cupcakes?

  20. admin Says:

    Not trying to be rude but do you guys really think Johnny Cupcakes is a YOUNG brand?

  21. Anonymous Says:


  22. Anonymous Says:

    Poor “Admin” getting totally brutalized. I agree with how you did things. Who I voted for isnt’on top but I think they rock. Anyone with <3 over $
    as a Mission Statement will always be #1 in my book. Congrats to all who made the list. Johnny Minardi you totally ROCK.

  23. Anonymous Says:

    votings over right?

  24. admin Says:

    Yep, voting is over EZ wins! You guys better keep visiting the site even though this is over lol.

  25. Anonymous Says:

    410bc got second but I dont think they are really new, they’ve been around longer than EZ and the others

  26. Anonymous Says:

    linty fresh should have been third! wtf

  27. admin Says:

    410bc has been around a little longer but I had so many request to add them I just did at the last minute. I think they are right on the verge of new and well established.

  28. Anonymous Says:

    I think Homeroom clothing and The Elegant Scoundrel deserved to be mentioned in addition to the ones you already have, but a great list non the less!

  29. Nate Says:

    I would check out. They are different from anyone on this list and very unknown at this point.

  30. tomroyale Says:

    hey can some one post some sites where i can find a list of alternative clothing brands like the above mentioned. as iam new to these t shirts brands. but i think there amazing!

    can anyone name some brands that are really colourful and wouldnt be un-seen at a nice warehouse party or someting like that!

    thanks tom !

  31. Glenn Says:

    I think Dead Serious Clothing should at least have been mentioned here!

  32. dave rau Says:

    Good luck to everyone on this list. It’s good to see art being promoted!

    I run; an artist run shop by myself and good pal Josh. We’re a tiny shop, but we’ve been around for a few years and hope to quit our office jobs to go full-time real soon!

  33. rogerthedodger Says:

    What about!! Those guys are pretty good.

  34. rogerthedodger Says:

    or even!! missed the www.

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