Last week, I was searching for a picture of button covers to include in my Gap overall dress post. It was harder to find a good photo than I expected (mine was courtesy of an eBay listing – no, I don’t know if it sold).
But in my searches, I came across a shirt by Quacker Factory. If you don’t watch The Soup or The Dish, then you’re probably not familiar with this amazing company available through QVC. They had a shirt with built-in button covers that I was going to post about; unfortunately, it sold out. I know, I shouldn’t have waited. I should have guessed that the long sleeved button down shirt with butterfly print and butterfly button covers would sell out quickly.
It wasn’t until I started surfing the Quacker Factory homepage that I began to fully understand its genius. No, I don’t know what that genius is, but I’m pretty sure there is some, and this t-shirt is a damn good example of it.
Any other designer would just put a standard image of a tiger on the shirt and call it a day. But Quacker Factory doesn’t leave it at that. No, they add sequins (sequins are more summery than bedazzling, I’d imagine). They give the tiger an amused, kitten-like expression. And, most importantly, they continue the tiger’s body onto the sleeve so that, when your arm is lying against your side, one of your arms is a tiger leg.
Think about how much that allows you to say, in just a simple shirt. It tells the world that you’ve got a sense of humor, a whimsical nature. But you’ve got a wild side, too. You have some tiger lurking within – the raw power, the fierceness.
But I can never sell it the way that the Quacker Family can. As they put it:
“Animal print, to me, is always in. So, what we’ve done is, we’ve kind of changed it, and quackatised it.”
Indeed you have, Quacker Factory. Indeed you have.
*Make sure to watch the video on the product description. That’s the only way to truly appreciate the cult of Quacker.