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Recently I commuted down to Providence, RI for a shoot with Filth and Decay, a local graphic tee company. In under a year the company has exploded online, due to social networking sites like Instagram.
Every shirt is printed and cut by hand; more specifically, the hands of Theresa Irene, the owner and creator of the company.
“I’m getting orders from all over the world right now which is pretty amazing. There are a lot more ideas I have for marketing the brand further but it’s just me right now doing everything, so time is an issue,” Irene said.
Designs focus on the simple, distressed and alternative. All tees are a simple black and white design. My favorites include the “Devil Card” and “Horns” designs, both of which I got to take home with me from the photo shoot.
Irene even encourages people to get creative with her designs posting instructional videos on the website on how to cut the shirts into different styles.
Filth and Decay’s future on the web looks promising but Irene’s real goal is to get her designs into boutiques and eventually have Filth and Decay stores.
But for now she’s working on adding hats and hoodies to the collection.