Best of the Best: CLE T-Shirts
CLE Clothing Co.'s
This T-shirt ($25) perfectly sums up recent years of pain and suffering in five simple phrases, and in typical Cleveland style, it culminates in a slight beacon of hope. "As Clevelanders, sometimes we like to wallow in our own sorrows," says owner Mike Kubinski. "All the bad times are in black and then, like a light at the end of the tunnel, 'The Return' in the white print." 342 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, 216-736-8879, cleclothingco.com
Fresh Brewed Tees'
You either love or love to hate the Cleveland Browns quarterback, but we can all agree that this T-shirt ($25.99) featuring Johnny Football and his infamous money sign is a touchdown. "It's iconic," says founder Tony Madalone. "Sure his character and persona is a little arrogant, but that swag is just something we haven't had in a while." freshbrewedtees.com
GV Art & Design's
Nothing is Given
One of the most poignant lines from LeBron James' essay announcing his return to Cleveland gets top billing in this Cavs T-shirt ($26). "I think it is true in Cleveland: You've got to work for what you have," says co-owner George Vlosich. "There's just no better way to say it really." 17411 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-273-7188, gvartwork.com