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I've often seen this website advertised in the back pages of Total Film magazine and thought it looked pretty cool but I only visited it recently when I decided to look for something from there for my son's birthday.
The site sells mostly tshirts but also hoodies and things which feature a logo of something off a fil. So, rather than blatantly having the title of a film, eg The Shining on the tshirt, it will subtly feature something out of that film, eg The Overlook Hotel and it's logo. It's a great twist on movie memorabilia and only true film fans will know what the logo is all about! Geeky, yes, but fun also, absolutely! In addition to clothing the site also sells other bits & pieces of film memorabilia such as posters, postcards, prints etc and I have already seen more things which I plan to order for Christmas.
The site is pretty easy to navigate and you can narrow your browsing selection down by types of films, eg action, or by searching for the film title. Postage is only £2.95 which isn't bad and delivery is pretty speedy, only 3 days to get a tshirt out to me. The tshirt I had ordered was unfortunately a little big so I had to return it (they allow up to 30 days for returns which is great), whilst I had to pay for the return delivery this wasn't much (just a couple of quid) as it was a light parcel and within 2 working days they had emailed to advise they'd received it back and sent out my exchange, with no extra cost. So I was pretty impressed with this. The tshirt itself cost £18, which again I didn't think was too bad as it's not the sort of thing you would be buying every day.
Whenever I read reviews about interesting websites I have never heard of, I tend to go straight to the site and check it out. And that was how I came to use lastexittonowhere.com for my brother's Christmas present.
~~~ The company ~~~
Last exit to nowhere is a film T-shirt company, and was launched in 2007 by ex-guitarist Mike Ford. Due to his own love of cinema, and a dissatisfaction in his job at a design agency, he wanted to design and produce T-shirts that were subtle references to great films, rather than the usual obvious memorobilia tat. Film related T-shirts are usually very blatant, featuring either the film title or the main characters, but here we have T-shirts which display a much more subtle appreciation of a film. They are likely to only be understood by those who have seen the movie, perhaps several times. The design usually involves the logo of a business or location that features in the film, for example: The Overlook Hotel (The Shining), Hill Valley High School (Back to the Future), Amity Police (Jaws), U.S.S. Sulaco (Aliens).
Celebs Ed Byrne, Simon Pegg, and Chris Martin have all been spotted wearing their shirts, and the site has received a lot of praise from movie magazines such as Empire and SFX.
~~~ Site layout ~~~
The site is very professional looking and is really easy to navigate. You can either scroll through large pictures of the designs according to genre (ie. Sci-fi, Horror, Comedy) or you can view the entire alphabetical list of films or designs. There is no search option other than this, but there really doesn't need to be, as their catalogue is still relatively small. I think this is a good thing though, as it makes it more exclusive, and gives the impression that a lot of thought and effort has gone into each of the products. Mike Ford said himself that he only makes T-shirts with reference to films he personally likes, which again indicates a high level of personal involvement and pride in his work, and which I personally took as further assurance that this was a genuine, secure site to buy from.
Most of the T-shirts are loose fitting, but a selection of the designs are available in either men's or women's fitted style. Similarly, a small selection of hoodies are also available. All T-shirts on the site are £18 plus postage. There is also a small selection of kids T-shirts, priced at £13 each.
~~~ My experience ~~~
As soon as I spotted the Paper Street Soap Co. T-shirt I knew my brother would love one. He has been raving about the film Fight Club for the past few years, and quotes from the film often appear on his Facebook profile. He recently lent me the DVD, as I had never got round to watching it. If you haven't seen the film, it's unlikely you'll understand the T-shirt; it will just look like any other trendy, logo emblazoned T-shirt. And this is the case with all of the shirts at Last Exit.
By asking my brother to measure a T-shirt that fitted him well, I was able to find the right size by comparing his measurements with the size guide on the site. This is very useful, as it tells you the exact measurements for each of the sizes, and these often do vary depending on the source.
I ordered the T-shirt, selected the option of Recorded (signed for) delivery, paid through Paypal, and waited for the postman. When I still hadn't received the T-shirt a week later, I emailed the company to ask where it had got to and requested the Royal Mail tracking number. I received a very polite, apologetic reply the following day telling me that they had unfortunately posted it using standard delivery, and that they would post another one immediately using the correct postage this time. Should the original one turn up, I was told to keep it.
Well, the following day I returned from a shopping trip to find a package had been put through the letterbox. It was the second T-shirt, which had seemingly again been posted using standard delivery rather than Recorded. I didn't make a fuss this time though; I was happy to have received the goods, and I also had my doubts about Mr Postman. There was a sticky mark on the parcel where a sticker had clearly been, so it's quite possible that our Postie had selected the easiest option upon discovering nobody was home. . .? Who knows. Anyway, I wouldn't let any of this affect my trust in the company, and would definitely use the site again. The T-shirt I bought was neatly wrapped, very good quality, and exactly the right size (I measured it before I wrapped it up for Christmas!).
My brother was very pleased with the T-shirt. He put it on straight away and wore it for the rest of the day. Overall, despite the postage issues, I would highly recommend this site to any film geeks out there. Director, screenwriter and producer Andrew Stanton is quoted as saying it is "a movie geek's oasis", and that really does sum it up!
If, like me, you are proud to call yourself a film geek, then this is the website for you!
There are so many T-shirts out there now that have random slogans or logos that mean nothing to anyone, and were just made up to look 'cool'. What Lastexittonowhere.com does is make T-shirts featuring companies or product logos that have featured in your favourite films.
Though this may not sound too exciting, the quality of these garments and the designs are excellent, and many of them are quite obscure and will only be acknowledged by like minded movie buffs - Simon Pegg of 'Shaun of the dead' fame, is a big fan of the website. As indeed is comedian Ed Byrne who was wearing one of their designs on TV recently.
T-shirt designs include - 'Wally World' the fictional theme park in National Lampoons vacation, 'Morries Wigs' from Goodfellas, 'OCP' the company behind Robocop and 'The Slaughtered Lamb' the pub from An American Werewolf in London...there are many more designs to choose from, so I'm sure you'll find one to suit your taste.
My only quibble would be the cost, at £18 + p&p, it's a bit pricey for a T-shirt, but having said that you can't get these designs anywhere else and they are pretty damn cool!
So if you like your films and want to wear something thats a little different and will spark a conversation amongst your other film geek pals, then Lastexittonowhere.com is certainly worth a visit!