Japanese basics label Uniqlo knew its range of ramen-inspired T-shirts for men – stamped with the logos of world-recognised ramen restaurants – would be popular. Most people love ramen, and everybody owns a T-shirt or two. The international clothing chain ordered in bulk for Australia after selling out in the US, but the 1000 designs are already going fast.
One in particular has flown off the shelves – the Ebisoba Ichigen dark-grey design, which sees a tiny bowl of the Hokkaido restaurant’s most popular ramen printed front and centre, and retails for $19.90.
The second most popular tee is the Setagaya design, which comes in olive green and pays tribute to the famous New York shop specialising in shoyu ramen made with fish stock. Menya Musashi, which first opened in Tokyo’s wealthy Aoyama neighbourhood in 1996, also found its way onto a tee. This cult shop, named after the samurai known for his double-sword style, turns ramen into an art form, with white, red and black versions.
Available online and at all Uniqlo stores around Australia until sold out.