During the years I’ve been covering the t-shirt industry, it’s been common place to see site and apparel companies, both big and small, come and go. It’s the natural cycle of things, and generally the companies are either small enough or plagued enough that it seems like they’re just being put out of their misery.
In other words, it generally doesn’t really matter. But this time, it’s personal.
Emptees, started back in 2007 (just a year before we launched), was a tiny little project from the folks at Indie Labs… yes, the ones behind Big Cartel. In the 3+ years since, it has grown to be the heart and soul of the t-shirt and apparel community.
So as an active participant on their forums, the news that they’re shutting down hits close to home. The official close date is March 1st and I wish they’d reconsider their decision to hand their site off to someone. Though their reasons for it’s closure make total sense, it still seems like a such a huge loss to the community to just shutter it.
You can read the whole announcement here.
Emptees, we’re gonna miss you.
If you’re an active participant on the forums, where are you going to head to after March 1st?