Collaboration has become a pillar of fashion, as brands and designers look to creatives to add their own flare to a design. In this spirit and as a means of providing emerging designers with a platform, PacSun has put out an open call to participate in its Spring ‘21 Design Competition. To usher in a season of optimism and hope, the retailer is encouraging budding designers to share their own original ideas for a PacSun T-shirt for the chance to win a one-on-one mentoring session with Chinatown Market founder Mike Cherman, in addition to having the T-shirt produced and sold by the retailer.
PacSun is offering individuals at any and every skill level a chance to show off their creativity, individuality and innovation through the competition. Aligning with its Spring ‘21 offering, participants are free to interpret the collection themes — which include mindfulness, community, self-reflection, sustainability, diversity and inclusion — through their own lens. All submissions should tap into one or multiple of these themes. Those interested can read the instructions below to apply and qualify to be among the five finalists chosen.
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To help conjure up inspiration for the competition, Cherman took to HYPEBEAST’s Instagram share how he approaches designing a T-shirt. Check out the How To episode above to see Mike’s creative process in action and gather some tips for making your own PacSun T-shirt.
How to Apply
For your chance to be among those selected:
(1) Create your design on a white T-shirt mock (you can find one here) and submit by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please submit no more than one T-shirt design.
(2) Please make sure that submissions are exported at a high enough resolution for our judges to review. All proposed graphics, text and design elements on your submission should be legible, detailed and original.
The submission period runs from March 11 at 12 a.m. EST through March 18 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Following the submissions period, we will unveil the top five designs, which will be voted on by our audience to determine the winner. See terms and conditions here. To learn more about PacSun and to shop its current collection, head to the brand’s website.