Unless they’ve been slashed, hacked, or subverted beyond recognition, we’ve had a longstanding moratorium on T-shirts on Ecouterre. It’s not because we don’t wear T-shirts (we do) or that we’re snobs (maybe a little), but there simply isn’t enough bandwidth in the universe for every YAOT (that’s Yet Another Organic T-shirt) that leaps into view. But why make up rules for yourself if you can’t break them? We made an exception for Des Artistes, a greenhorn brand of green tees we crossed paths with at Designers & Agents this month.

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Founded by Polly Bäumler in September 2009, the Munich-based collection of organic cotton T-shirts showcases the work of emerging and established artists and designers. Bäumler describes the curated, limited-edition lineup—in essence a rotating gallery of talent— as a “canvas for inspiration and an exhibition of the human spirit.”

The Munich-based collection showcases the work of emerging and established artists and designers.

A lofty assertion, but it’s easy to see how in the current series by Chinese artist and political artist Ai Weiwei, who is best-known for helping design the Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium in Beijing.

“Brain Inflation,” for instance, is based on a scan of Ai’s hemorrhaging brain, a result of police brutality from his investigation into the victims of the Sichuan earthquake. Although not all of Des Artistes’ shirts have a charity component, proceeds from its collaboration with Ai will go to Doctors Without Borders.

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