Thursday, April 5, 2012

Borrowed From the Boys: HOMAGE Tees


I found myself in Columbus, Ohio a few months ago for an Ohio State basketball game. My family and I had made the five hour trek east to see my cousin play. I figured our arrival in the city would render some sort of reward, like a trip to Homage. I sat quietly for hours, read my book, and didn't ask once, "Are we there yet?" A reward was due, I thought. I was wrong.

 I had seen a write up about the store some time ago on All Plaidout and was pretty much itching to get in there. I had gone through the trouble of figuring out where Homage was relative to our hotel-a mile away- just to take the burden off of my parents. But, they weren't having it. They said we needed to get to the arena before the game to say hi to the rest of my family. I asked if we could go in the morning, they said we were leaving at eight-before Homage was open. I was bummed. Super bummed. I mean look at this place. It's like yesteryear all wrapped up into one awesome store. There was even a sale when I was there that weekend. Sucks I missed it, yo.

Homage in Columbus, Ohio. Photo courtesy of All Plaidout

But, this wasn't going to be my last chance to pick up a tee. I found out that Buckshot Sonny's, an online store curated by the guy that did the initial write up I read, would be setting up shop and carrying Homage tees at the December Dose Market. Woot! 

Buckshot Sonny's at December Dose
I got to Dose and made a beeline for Buckshot Sonny's. There was even an extra surprise, one of my absolute favorite bloggers- Seth, from The Midwestyle- was manning the shop. We chatted about baseball and why he should never attend another Cubs game. On that note, it should be of no surprise that I went for the tee with the old Comiskey Park on it. Of course, I have never been in that particular stadium, but even the name brings about memories.

Photo credit to KamiGurl and Homage 
This is definitely one of my favorite shirts. I rarely wear tee shirts, so I'm even a little shocked by how much I love it. It's soft, and fits pretty well even though it's a men's shirt (I'm wearing a medium). I wore it layered under a Ralph Lauren jean shirt that I inherited from my older brother, a gray men's hoodie I picked up from the Gap, and  a vest from Forever 21. I borrowed quite a few things from the boys. I knew I would be out past sundown, and that it would be easy for me to take off and put on these things throughout the day depending on the temperature.

I know I'll be snagging a couple more of these tees in the near future. They make a great gifts, and are just totally comfortable for those days when you don't feel like buttoning up shirt. Putting on this shirt reminds me of summer days spent at Comiskey Park with my family, the smell of hotdogs and spilled beer, the roar of the crowd and the pop of the fireworks right after a home-run. These shirts make the wearers nostalgic, and that's something you can't beat.