Designer: Milton Carter, 31
HQ: Greenpoint, Brooklyn; $60 at Dernier Cri, 869 Washington St., nr. 13th St.; 212-242-6061.
What is this? “The tea set on this shirt suggests the upper class as well as history, the past. It says classy and trashy at the same time.”
Designers: James Cruickshank, 23, and Emmett Shine, 23
HQ: Lower East Side; $45 at Charlotte Ronson, 239 Mulberry St., nr. Prince St.; 212-625-9074.
What is this? “Instead of the standard ‘New York, London, Tokyo, Milan’ tagline used by fashion houses, we say, ‘New York, New York, New York.’”
Designers: Daniel Casarella, 29, and Michael Casarella, 24
HQ: The Bowery; $70 at Bloomingdale’s, 1000 Third Ave., at 59th St.; 212-705-2000.
What is this? “‘Bean Soup’ refers to the nickname of an old New York City fire truck. There is something very Popeye about it.”
Designer: Kenzo Minami, 33
HQ: Lower East Side; $175 at Barneys New York, 660 Madison Ave., at 61st St.; 212-826-8900.
What is this? “This particular T-shirt is inspired by the million-mark banknote in the time of hyperinflation in 1923 Germany.”
Designer: Andy Salzer, 34
HQ: South Williamsburg, Brooklyn; $70 at Yoko Devereaux, 338 Broadway, nr. Keap St.; 718-302-1450.
What is this? “Jewelry, in many instances, comes off as costumey on guys. On a tee, it is much more masculine.”