Want Retro Design Inspiration? Check Out This Company’s Collection of ’90s Pop-Culture Apparel
“Saturday Night Live” would have us forever remember the 1980s thanks to Goat Boy, but the ’90s were not shabby at all in the pop-culture realm. While many people are enjoying the 21st century well enough, others like rewinding the years and thinking about the entertainment industry’s contributions to the 20th-century’s last decade. Through Dumbgood Apparel, the latter individuals are geeking out on various contributions to their pursuit of pastime bliss, as the company is building its retro design credibility through numerous apparel goods.
— The Manual (@themanualguide) September 9, 2019
Without question, the ’90s were, we will just say, an interesting decade. Never short on news, the span gave us a copious supply of personalities on which to become fixated, and those people have come to enjoy clout on Dumbwood’s site. While the ’80s have received adulation through creations such as “Stranger Things” and “The Goldbergs,” we find ourselves thinking of the '90s quite often. And since what’s old is new again in the merch world, an inspection of Dumbgood’s website makes apparent that the entity has hired some people who know just how intriguing the ’90s were for generating not only lasting memories but also for inspiring retro design concepts.
Under the “Shop” and “Titles” tabs, shoppers can find a trove of goods, with the selections honoring so many pop-culture entries that have become immortal recollections of a time that many pine to relive. Examples include “Seinfeld,” whose end we still have a hard time accepting even 21 years after it occurred, “SpongeBob SquarePants," “Titanic,” “The Silence of the Lambs” and “The Big Lebowski,” which makes our cut because The Dude, like we all must aspire to do, abides.
In terms of how the apparel finds provide retro design inspiration, one need look only at their simple composition. Since Dumbgood sells 100 percent officially licensed apparel and accessories, The Manual notes that “all original artists who shaped that cultural vision and identity get paid.” This, upon inspection of the garments, yields the realization that the products are respectfully nondescript and pretty much aim to capture iconic moments and figures as they appeared instead of fashioning new interpretations of their looks and achievements. As for standouts, then, the awe-inspiring offerings tend to be the ones that capture a very prominent moment in a film’s or show’s existence, such as the “I’m flying” scene from “Titanic” and the prison cell massacre in “The Silence of the Lambs.”
Fans of pop-culture contributions from outside the ’90s need not fret, as Dumbgood has plenty of options for them, too, in its quest for simplistic retro design majesty. The site’s horror films products are especially interesting as Halloween draws more closely, and who could realistically pass up the chance to give a nod to John Hughes through “The Breakfast Club” T-shirt that’s available?
Nearly 20 years removed from the end of the ’90s, we still have ample chances to recollect, via the internet and the upkeep of products that came out during the decade, and celebrate what those shows and other entities did for our senses of self. As the entertainment world continues to issue a surplus of viewing and listening options, one can expect that the ensuing decades will yield many similar collections, not (to borrow from “Seinfeld”) that there’s anything wrong with that. We wonder what that will mean for the future of retro design, but, for now, we need to place our order for a Blockbuster Video hoodie, which will definitely complement our Blockbuster board game.