Captain KYSO is an India-based t-shirt store that has been releasing a steady flow of great t-shirts since March 2012. I did wonder whether the store would last or not because t-shirt stores come and go pretty quickly and Captain KYSO uses popular t-shirt artists from around the world and released tees on an almost daily basis which can’t be easily sustained. But it has endured and continues to release great t-shirts and it looks like there is no stopping them.
I ordered a shirt a while ago. If you purchase their tees on the first day, they cost just $12 rather than the usual $15. And that includes international shipping. India to Japan. That’s a pretty good deal. It took about a week to arrive.
Captain KYSO T-Shirt Review
The t-shirt I ordered was Sombrero: The Best Contraceptive by one of my favorite artists, Wenceslao Almazan AKA Walmazan. Funny concept with nice artwork.
The shirt is brown, 100% cotton and made in India. It’s soft but strong and has a very nice cut. I ordered a medium and it has a similar fit to American Apparel but a little shorter. I like that. On the label it says that India Medium is the equivalent of US/UK Small. I wouldn’t have said so. Perhaps they are allowing for shrinkage. I washed the tee twice but didn’t notice any.
Despite being light ink on a dark tee, it is very soft. Basically I have nothing negative to say about the shirt. Nice job Captain KYSO.
On the t-shirt itself there is very subtle branding on the bottom right hand corner of the design. In a very fine almost child-like font the text “captainkyso.com” can be found integrated into the design. Very subtle and I like subtle when it comes to branding. Also there is a printed label inside the back collar with care details, sizing information and the Captain KYSO logo. Screenprinted too.
I guess these could also be considered branding but as they are not on the actual shirt I talk about them separately. The t-shirt came in a custom mailer with clear branding. Looks good. And there was a hangtag on the tee that was very professional too.
The website is fun and easy to navigate. I do think they should rename the Gallery section though as some people might not realize that it’s where the store is and that there are tons of awesome t-shirts that are still for sale. Because they have a new shirt almost every day, I imagine that some people will think that it is just another shirt-a-day site like TeeFury or RIPT.
If all their tees are the same quality as the one I have received, and I have no reason to believe they aren’t, then they have a great product. They have top-class designs from popular t-shirt designers. Closing in on 150 shirts in less than a year, you certainly can’t complain about their selection. $15 including shipping almost anywhere in the world is about as good as it gets. Captain KYSO is about as good as it gets for a t-shirt store and I am looking forward to seeing what they do in 2013. Perhaps they will get around to launching the t-shirt design contest that has had the coming soon banner since they site was launched.
Link: Captain KYSO
Hi Tee Reviewer,
Thanks for the fantastic and thorough review!
I think one thing that needs to be pointed out is that despite being a new site, we’ve got immense support from the international designer community. A company like ours is only as good as our designers. Many of the best designers in the world have been very approachable, professional and generous in licensing some of their best artwork to us. Thank you, Guys!
We hope that in this new year we do even better and reach out to a more international audience.
We agree with the feedback about the size and will also work to make it more apparent that the store is actually present in the Gallery section.
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