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  • Ugly Christmas Sweater History

    Ugly Christmas Sweater History

    The ugly Christmas sweater has become an ubiquitous feature of the holiday season. What once started small, with irony-loving merry makers seeking out tacky tops in consignment shops, has grown into a multi-million dollar business: The ugly Christmas sweater.

    Ugly Christmas Sweater History

    Ugly Christmas sweaters were first produced in the 50’s when Christmas first began as a commercialized holiday. The sweaters unfolded in the 80’s known as Jingle Bell Sweaters.


    Ugly christmas sweaters made their popular appearance in the 50’s with the mass commercialization of Christmas. They were first known as “Jingle Bell Sweaters”, and featured discrete christmas themed decorations.

    The trend had a modest presence in the media until the 80’s, when it became popular in TV.

    80’s & 90’s

    The character that popularized weird sweaters with strange patterns was Cliff Huxtable from The Cosby Show. By the end of the decade, it was common for conductors of Christmas special shows to wear them.

    During the nineties the style winded down, but never died. The turning point was when the character Mark Darcy got ashamed in the 2001 film Bridget Jone’s Diary with one of the most out-of-place designs to be seen on screen.

    After that, ugly jerseys stepped into the XXI century with renewed strength.


    It was in Vancouver that Chris Boyd and Jordan Birch launched the first Christmas Sweater Party. The idea soon spread all over Canada and the US, and later around the world. The parties turned into massive events, often in support of charity causes.

    By 2007 ugly christmas sweater searches started to soar in Google and the trend slowly trickled its way back into the media.

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    At Retro Shirtz we understand the importance of logo design. So we provide free graphic design, including free logo design with all standard custom shirt orders.

    Our free graphic design services include suggesting and implementing fonts, changing the colors and layout of the fonts, and our team’s excellent skills at creating custom image assets.

    More than 95% of our custom logo designs are free to the customer, and are completed in 10-15 minutes. We can also recreate low-resolution existing graphics.

    ***It is always at the discretion of the manager on duty whether a customer proposed design project is eligible for free design services. We will always let you know up front if your idea is something we can create.

    Complex Logo Designs

    Complex logo designs, such as drawing very complex new art assets from scratch are not typically covered in the free design services. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us or stop by our store. Our expert logo maker team will happily discuss a logo design!

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