Early this week, fashion e-tailer SSENSE released some pieces of Vetements’ spring/summer 2018 collaboration with DHL. Yes, that yellow cotton T-shirt slapped with the DHL logo has made its inevitable return and this time, the collaboration is officially backed by the shipping company.
If the previous incarnation proved too simple for its USD330 (that’s approximately SGD432) price tag, Vetements literally doubled-down to offer you more bang for your buck. At more than twice the price (approximately SGD1,035), the Vetements DHL Double T-shirt is essentially two oversized T-shirts sewn on top of one another at the seams. This means that you have access to two neck openings and two sleeves for each arm—cool right? The best part has got to be the printed patch that resembles the waybill found on every DHL parcel. You know, for the complete DHL aesthetic.
But wait. Before you wet yourself in excitement, the DHL Double T-shirt is unfortunately completely sold out on SSENSE. We’re sure it’ll turn up on other sites soon enough though. If not, there are other DHL-approved Vetements pieces that are still available. Or you can breathe a sigh of relief for your Hypebeast-heart has dodged a bullet and thank the fashion gods for letting you put your SGD1,035 to better use.
1. A plane ticket to just about anywhere in the world
We get it. It’s not the same as owning a premium cotton-polyester blend T-shirt that’s made in Portugal. But a quick search through Skyscanner found us some decent flights from Singapore to Lisbon, Portugalin the summer for under SGD1,000. Think of it this way: instead of waiting for Portugal to come to you, make your own way to Portugal and experience the country. Even Demna Gvasalia has expressed that he would rather spend money on a holiday than buy his own designs. Skip the hype; ship your mind, body and spirit.
2. Tennis lessons
In the name of levelling up your socio-economic status in Singapore, pick up professional tennis lessons. SITA Tennis Academy offers a range of lessons for beginners at SGD45 per session. 23 sessions later, you could very well have picked up something that you’re potentially good at and enjoy doing. To be honest though, if you’re ready to shell out money for the Vetements DHL Double T-shirt, you’re probably not that low on Rowan Luc’s socio-economic ladder.
3. Non-branded DHL T-shirts
We wouldn’t advise buying them through dubious websites listed by a Google search. Instead, pop by eBay for a list of sellers offering an assortment of DHL T-shirts for cheap (you can score one for SGD20). And if you’re really insistent on the Double T-shirt silhouette and fit, nab a couple at twice your usual size and join them together at the top and side seams. Spend the rest of the money on more T-shirts and explore the many creative ways to deconstruct them à la Demna. As long as they’re not sold for profits, you’re safe from Diet Prada’s fashion policing.