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Check Republic Collection (Upcycle Project)

Added Aug 20, 2011

by kelepso

Miami, Florida, ...






Tank #1 – Check Cuff Collar Tank

This tank is a direct result of the Tank #2. I used the sleeve from the original shirt to add a complimentary contrast to the stripe cotton jersey, which has a casual business aesthetic. The cuffs from the sleeve became the collar. The buttons on the cuffs remain in tact and are featured at the front of the neck for a great detail. The remaining of the sleeve became the yoke on the back and “placket” opening at the chest, which is great for summer days and evenings. The stripe detail around the arms enhance the athletic feel and masculine lines. The shirts has bone white and grey stripes which plays nicely with the plaid fabric. The look is so versatile it can be worn to create a preppy, nautical, mod or classic look.

Tank #2 – Check Dress Tank

I found this great dress shirt made by Banana Republic in the Thrift Store and thought it would make a great tank. So I chopped the sleeves off and used one of them to finish the neck and arm openings. The color and material is perfect for warm climates. What’s best is that, this is a dress shirt turned into a casual tank, so you can look smart and casual at the same time. It pairs nicely with jeans, shorts or a jacket. The length is a bit long, since it is (was) a dress shirt, but it’s nice and roomy on the inside. I loved the shirt so much, that I used it to develop an entire collection. Search my shop to see its complimentary pieces.

Tank #3 – Check Cross Tank

Clean and simple, yet strong and sexy. Inspired by the “Check Dress Tank” (which can be found in my shop), this tank has several grey stripes abstracting a plaid shirt. The grey lines accentuates the chest and draws the eye in. This tank is super comfortable and can be dressed up or down for any occasion.

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By kelepso at ZE Menswear

Material Notes

Jersey Cotton, Linen Cotton, buttons




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Beach, Casual, Mod, Preppy
Cotton, Knits/Jersey, Linen

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    Sep 3, 2011, 03.43 PMby marloncosta

    Dude! I love all of them! They are all very creative designs and I`d love to own one of each! You are great at doing menswear!

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      Sep 3, 2011, 06.29 PMby kelepso

      Thanks marloncosta!

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    Aug 27, 2011, 02.19 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

    these are very cool— i especially love the cuff as collar and your strips of jersey on the tank— you really should be putting these up separately!

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      Aug 28, 2011, 01.09 PMby kelepso

      Thanks oona! I’ll consider posting them separately next time.

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    Aug 21, 2011, 05.27 AMby ladykatza

    I really really love #1. It has a polished look that makes it feel expensive. The third one is also great in that its casual with an edge that’s not just “hey look, we printed graphics on a tee and called it fashion!”. Menswear* is definitely your strength.

    Number 2 just doesn’t do anything for me. Its not bad, but it looks doesn’t look like something you clientele would wear, per se. Like, I’m imagining it tucked into a circle skirt and belted. Maybe on the right guy? But it doesn’t feel like it goes with the rest of your work.

    *I have to confess that I decide if I like most of the stuff you make by imagining it on my work husband. He’s a very tall, good looking black man with great style. My ACTUAL husband has more of a gothic aesthetic to him that would be All Black All the Time if I didn’t intervene and make him wear other colors.

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      Aug 21, 2011, 01.39 PMby kelepso

      I think if I had the right model to wear tank #2, it would look more appealing. Tank #2 is a medium and I wear a XS/S shirt, so I was unable to fill it completely. Besides, I’m testing the idea of making dress shirts – tanks. I’ll see how they are received. Hoping some hunky guy will see the potential.

      Thanks for your feedback. :-)

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      Aug 21, 2011, 03.19 PMby ladykatza

      Hmmm, OK, that makes more sense. I dunno if I can convince my work husband to model for you or not. ;)

      Well, certainly keep up the work! Like I said, menswear is your calling.

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      Sep 3, 2011, 06.33 PMby kelepso

      I changed the photo and the model. What do you think now?

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      Sep 4, 2011, 01.11 PMby ladykatza

      Ok, now it totally works. That’s hot!

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      Sep 5, 2011, 12.06 AMby kelepso

      Thanks! And sorry to hear about your mom

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    Aug 21, 2011, 02.45 AMby max

    Good job! I especially like the first one. Kind of a blend of a dress shirt/tank. Very creative.

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      Aug 21, 2011, 01.40 PMby kelepso

      Thanks max!

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