I've been following this thread and have been going back to the first posts and there are some things that caught my eye. This thread could be a great help to those starting a brand but has somewhat missed that opportunity because of some people posting here.
A common problem I've noticed every other page is people posting really cheap design work replying to negative feedback saying they don't have money to pay a designer. I'd imagine if you're willing to start a brand you would do some research and at least know the initial costs of the process. If you're not a designer (and having a pirated version of photoshop does NOT make you a graphic designer) you should know that's a cost you'll have to make. And keep in mind, good design most of the time doesn't come cheap, look at the "massive rep" KiteLife gets.
Futhermore, I don't understand why you would cut corners on a logo, that one image that will have to make your brand. Read through the threads, do some research and you'll read this one all the time: "LOGO COMES FIRST". People have to wear your logo for other people to recognize it. If you personally don't even want to spend money on making your brand, how the hell can you expect someone else to pay for it?
And who wants to wear a 'crap-ass-cheap-looking-childish-budget' logo. Get a realistic image of the costs and get your finances straight before jumping head over heels in the business.
There's tons of FREE and useful information on the net you can read before starting, take that chance and give yourself a head start (or realise this isn't really you).
The fact that you're visiting this thread means you've started doing research but didn't realise you're one of a thousand people with this idea to start a "world-changing-movement" as most of you call it. Counting 332 pages with people trying to start a brand means you have to stand out. Cheap designs don't stand out and if you can't even stand out on this forum, where people see your designs for free and no one likes it, think again, who would eventually pay for your design/clothing?
I've seen some people saying they put a lot of thought in their product but mimic other brands, or have spelling and grammar mistakes in their final product, etc... People that have been thinking 24hours straight to come up with a perfect brandname!!! Brands do not develop in 24 hours, it takes time.
A perfect example is iise (kidkorea), read their posts. They get samples made, have been travelling for months looking for manufacturers, production proceces, sourcing materials, ... Of course not everyone has the opportunity to travel for months, but at least take some time to figure out the key elements to come up with a worthy concept.
The reason they get so much respect is because they deliver a top-notch product, not the cheapest way out.
I do believe this thread is a great place to learn about manufacturers and diversifying your products/brand. But if you're starting a brand and don't even know where to get blank T-shirts or where to get your T-shirts printed you're trying to take the easy way out. If you don't even have the energy or willingness to look for manufacturers yourself why would you even consider starting a brand? A brand takes time and energy and motivation, if you can't even find out the key elements yourself, maybe you're not meant to be in that industry.
Excuse any spelling errors, I've written this in a hurry.
Of course these are just my thoughts, feel free to comment on this.