When you think of Tacoma, you automatically think of, um...a kind-of-nice Japanese truck? Finally giving you a legit reason to pay attention to WA's "City of Destiny": Imperial Motion.
Launched out of a one car garage in Tacoma with a screen press and 7 credit cards, this laid-back clothier's now outfitting surfers/ skaters/snowboarders with streeted up action-sport-inspired shorts, knits & a mess of graphic tees art'd with works culled from their artist blog, Representing the Underachiever -- an idea they totally stole from Vin Baker's agent. The spring drop starts with a mutedly colorful tee collection including two ethereal portraits, the first depicting an elegant woman smoking in the rain, and the 2nd a Han-Solo-in-carbonite-esque girl "Trapped" in a cloud of smoke; others range from "Question" w/ an old-school Firebird/hand grenade/pyramids/etc collage-style punctuation mark, to one reproducing a handmade sign that reads "my father was killed by ninjas need money for karate lessons", which is clearly not taking into account that the ninja is most likely skilled at more than just rudimentary karate. Below the waist there're boardshorts like the turquoise "Left Hander" art'd w/ wave-like lines, and the light blue "Density" covered w/ interlocking cartoon faces; there's also heavier knitness like the full-zip "Dither" hoodie banded w/ gray stripes, and a long sleeve number w/ a contrasting lower layer & chest pocket called "Layer Cake" that tastes just like Michael Gambon.
IM's also got a range of baseball caps that're splashed with the brand's cursive logo,and jeans in two pair of black jeans, both of which have a raw finish -- enough to make you think there's an Echo.