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New T-shirt line celebrates original TTC station signage

Posted by Chris Bateman / April 4, 2014

ttc t shirtsThe original stylings of the TTC subway don't get enough love, frankly. Years of hasty makeovers and unexpected damage, especially on the Yonge line south of Eglinton, have banished much of the original aesthetic to the scrapheap. Happily, the TTC is slowly bringing back some of the original, glossy looks, and now you can wear the good old days thanks to Richard Lazazzera.

Lazazzera launched t-shirt company Finch's earlier this week. "I was looking for a shirt of the station I spent much of my childhood travelling through, Finch," he said in an email. With none available, Lazazzera set about making his own, eventually leading him to start the business.

The designs are based on the original tile configuration of each subway station. College and Dundas are restored to their original English Egg Shell and Primrose tones, ditching the poo-brown and bile yellow tiles currently lining the platform area.

There are also plain white or black neighbourhood t-shirts that borrow the classic TTC subway font. The collection isn't complete (the Spadina and Sheppard lines aren't done yet) but more designs are in the works.

The shirts are a little steep at $34.99, but Lazazzera says the price includes shipping within Canada and a charitable donation to help homeless people.

Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.



lister / April 4, 2014 at 10:18 am
A "The Beaches" t-shirt! HA! I'm so tempted to buy it and wear it there to spite the residents who got the area renamed to "The Beach."
make?? / April 4, 2014 at 10:32 am
What kind of material are these made from?

Are they crappy cotton t's ?
Gus / April 4, 2014 at 10:32 am
For brand-new shirts they're awfully wrinkled.
Todd Toronto / April 4, 2014 at 10:35 am
Think it's a great idea and we should be encouraging this kind of support for TTC-related merchandise.

That said, this IS the internet, so I'd be remiss if I didn't point out to Finch's that there's an e at the end of Lansdowne.

And hey, where are the Spadina stations!
the lemur / April 4, 2014 at 10:36 am
Okay if you like the tiles specifically, but I still think these look better:
J / April 4, 2014 at 10:57 am
W. K. Lis / April 4, 2014 at 11:33 am
Any station design should take into account what would happen as the station ages. Dust accumulation, lighting dimming over time, new technology infrastructure, and repair work.
Really? / April 4, 2014 at 11:48 am
These are great shirts I think I may just get one made up for myself anywhere for half the price.
Mr. T / April 4, 2014 at 12:11 pm
T-shirt design should take into account what would happen as the shirt ages. Pill accumulation, colour dimming over time, new body infrastructure and repair work.
James / April 4, 2014 at 12:18 pm
This is way too expensive. It's comical really.
andrea / April 4, 2014 at 12:19 pm
My home station is Dupont so I was stunned to see Dupont isn't available yet. Will check back later. The Spadina design with the bus and streetcar is quite fetching, though.
$99 Neighbourhood Tees / April 4, 2014 at 12:41 pm
For only $99, you can buy a tee featuring popular Toronto neighbourhoods like Kinsington Market, Younge and Eglington and Mountain Dennis, made for you by obviously proud and alert Torontonians. You get free shipping and a donation will be made to a charity that's not of your choosing!

balhurl / April 4, 2014 at 01:00 pm
wtf, it's looks like someone found Vistaprint and decided to triple the price.

Anyone can make these shirts on any number of easy to use print websites for half the price.
Seriously? / April 4, 2014 at 01:56 pm
Three points:

1) Does this guy even have a licence to produce these shirts? The TTC used to have a licensing deal with a company called Legacy Sportwear until 2011. This Lazazzera guy doesn't mention if he is actually authorized and licensed to produce these shirts as a commercial venture.

2) Yes, this is a commercial venture. Just because Lazazzera says he "will donate a portion to help the homeless in Toronto" ( doesn't mean this is a charitable venture. Notice how he doesn't mention a dollar or percentage amount for the donation? Or the group or organization he is going to be donating to?

3) And seriously, where is the shirt for St. Clair West station?

So basically BlogTO is promoting shirts made by some random guy, that may or may not be violating copyright and/or fair use, and he may be donating an unknown portion of the proceeds to a namesless ....something (?) to help homeless people in an unmentioned way.

Oh, and the shirts cost up to $39.99?

Awesome job, everyone.
Richard replying to a comment from andrea / April 4, 2014 at 01:57 pm
I'll have it ready in a few days. Check back!
Richard replying to a comment from make?? / April 4, 2014 at 01:58 pm
They are an Anvil tee.

5.4 oz., pre-shrunk 100% cotton
Double-needle stitching throughout
Seamless collar
Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
Richard replying to a comment from balhurl / April 4, 2014 at 02:00 pm
Make it. I'll buy one from you.
Kimura / April 4, 2014 at 02:58 pm
Awesome Stuff!

Don't listen to all the armchair haters that 'can make it better and cheaper'. How about you just go get it done then? I think it's a fantastic project. If it was so easy to do someone would have thought of it already.

Regarding the licensing issue. Why would he mention it? If it's a requirement I'm sure he's figured it out already (go take a look at the stuff Richard has been doing). Kinda like when you open a restaurant and a review is published. Would be only fair that they mentioned it was health inspector approved, right? Maybe we can verify that the proper permits were obtained with it too. May as well if we all carry your fantastic school of thought. BTW my coffee is cold, go get me another one on your next office run. /next
cathie / April 4, 2014 at 03:24 pm
Why would anyone want these. I don't even want to think about how much of my life I've wasted over the past 30 years waiting for buses and subways why on earth would I want to promote or wear anything associated with the TTC. Its like promoting CRA or a dentist or something (no offense, dentists).
Seriously? replying to a comment from Kimura / April 4, 2014 at 03:55 pm
Kimura,according to your logic, since Richard didn't mention that he has the licensing rights, he obviously has them?

So I'm sure Richard wouldn't mind if someone brought these products to the attention of the TTC and their legal department, right?

Richard, with friends like Kimura...
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