Early in October 2014, a twitter user posted a photo of a “Love it or Leave” singlet which was being sold at Woolworths in Cairns, apparently disgusted by the caption in the design. This was followed by a huge discussion on whether it was racist or not and the matter trending all over the internet – not to mention Woolies pulled it from their range and apologised publically for “inadvertently stocking a singlet we find totally unacceptable”. We received some hate mail over it since we have retailed the design since 2008, we also received many emails complimenting us on “still selling” the Australia love it or leave design. We find it “totally unacceptable” that Woolworths reacted this way, however it is their choice to make – we will not make the same choice and we hope our store visitors respect that.
To be honest, we never considered for a moment removing it from sale because regardless of the meaning that people are attributing to it – and boy were there some “out there” interpretations being stated as fact in discussion posts – we work closely with the manufacturer (who employs a true melting-pot of staff by the way), we have retailed the product for many years and we know that racism or being against multiculturalism could not be further from the truth. The design was produced as a patriotic print for Australia day events and Australian souvenir shops, often purchased by tourists to take home from a place they loved to visit. It’s our view there is nothing wrong with loving our great country and being proud of the positives Australia has to offer, it is a great place to live after all.
A Little about our Retail (Online) Store
Here at Australian Native T-Shirts, we offer a good size range of patriotic Australian designs and are proud to have done so since 2004! Mostly purchased leading up to Australia Day in January but also often worn at sporting events and by visitors to Australia to take home for their family & friends. Anything from the traditional Australian flag t-shirt, stylised “Aussie Pride” flag designs and the hardcore Aussie humour t-shirt “This is Australia” often seen on the TV show “Housos”, which by itself became a bit of a sensation a while back and has become part of popular culture. Back in January, ALDI recalled a t-shirt we have stocked since 2009 with “Australia Established 1788″ on it, which in turn also went “viral” on the internet. We didn’t pull that one from sale either.
As part of our huge range of products, we also proudly retail licensed Aboriginal flag products, Aboriginal art t-shirts and gifts and a wide range of Australian made pewter figurines which are made in Queensland by an Australian family business, just like ours. These are all products which in one way or another support Australian companies and families when you purchase from our store and we truly do appreciate your ongoing support. When we opened in 2004, we hoped to have a bit of “something for everyone” and hope you can see that from the diversity of our range.
In March of 2013 we launched a new website for fans of Australian bushranger Edward “Ned” Kelly with the Ned Kelly Gifts online store!! This new store features t-shirts, homewares and gifts featuring Aussie folk hero Ned Kelly, previously not found on the Australian Native T-Shirts website. Pop on over and check it out for some amazing new gift items!!
Australian Native T-Shirts is currently adding over 200 new designs from The Mountain brand of t-shirts. There are some truly amazing new releases for 2013 from The Mountain, starting with a continuation of the Big Animal Faces theme they had in 2012. The new batch of animal faces includes even more dog breed and cat designs than they had in the previous year as well as a whole new range of close-up insect designs with rather fierce looking faces of all sorts of creepy crawlies! Be sure to check the 2013 new releases section on our website as we add the new designs – they will be available for purchase in January 2013!
We will continue to update the shirts over the next coming week, look out for the new “find animal” range where the design has hidden animals and it’s a challenge to locate them all in the design! Happy New Year everyone and thank you for visiting our blog.
We are very happy to welcome products from the Bunabiri range to Australian Native T-Shirts! Aboriginal art by artist Chern’ee Sutton has been turned into new and interesting Aboriginal art gifts and souvenirs by Bunabiri Australia. We now have a small range of kitchen products, home wares and gifts available on our website from this range. Included are wall clocks, tea towels, pot and oven mitts, coasters and more. A fun and affordable gift from Australia.