Kapo Clothing hail from Peru. This is surely the first time that I have received a parcel from that part of the world and yet somehow I was still expecting to get American Apparel. I didn’t though. I’ll get back to that later.
A short while ago Victor Lau, the founder of Kapo Clothing, contacted me and asked me to pick out a shirt because he’d send it for review. He sent two. I wasn’t all that impressed by the Kapo Clothing website. It seemed a little old-fashioned and almost ethic, whatever that means. But to pick out a t-shirt I had to really look at the designs. There are only 6 to choose from and while they are all quite different, they make a good collection.
I guess the llama is big in Peru. My first thought when I saw this t-shirt is that it was a llama farting. That’s why I liked it. Cute right? A llama farting pink hearts. They musn’t smell so bad. Reading the description though, I think it is more to do with sex than farts.
Llamas mate with the female in a kush (lying down) position, which is fairly unusual in a large animal. They mate for an extended period of time (20–45 minutes), also unusual in a large animal.
The design looks like it was created with a felt tip marker. I don’t mean that it looks cheap or tacky. To the contrary, it looks great. And the print is unbeliveavably soft. If it were on another t-shirt you might not even notice it but because the fabric (Peruvian cotton) is also extremely soft you can.
The second t-shirt is made out the same super soft, super light fabric.
This is a more complex design with four images that look like they were lifted from a text book. The theme was lifted from Peruvian history and features Tupac Amaru II, a martyred hero in the fight against the Spanish conquistadors. And yes, apparently that is where Tupac Shakur’s name comes from.
The famous rapper’s mother heard the story when she was a black panther in the 1960’s and named her son after this peruvian martyr.
There is a red outline of a fist underneath the black print of the images and Spanish text. The t-shirt is an almost turquoise color and I think I mentioned that it is very soft.
The tees are reasonably priced at just $15.
Check them out!”