Insert Coin Clothing is an UK based online clothing store specialising in video game apparel. They have been commissioned by different companies to make limited runs of clothes based on famous video game series including; Resident Evil, The Last of Us, Sega and Dead or Alive. Devil May Cry is one of my favourite video game series so when Capcom partnered with Insert Coin Clothing, I knew I had to get my hands on one of their designs.
Product: Ebony & Ivory (Reloaded) Hoodie
Type: Slim Fit
The first thing that stands out about this hoodie is the design on the front. Having Dante’s famous custom Colt M1900 displayed at the front in contrasting colours is a wonderful arrangement. Insert Coin Clothing has a great eye in making references to video games in their clothing without going over the top. This is what I love about their clothes. People that have played Devil May Cry will understand the reference but to others it will pass as a cool image.
On the back it says “TIME TO GO TO WORK” another reference to Dante’s famous lines spoken throughout Devil May Cry. On closer inspection, the stitching on the letters seem rough but this is no means a deal breaker. It’s difficult to see in picture but is more evident once you have the hoodie.
As a hoodie it is great. The hood fits comfortably without being too large thus covering the eyes, or too small whereby it barely covers the forehead. The pockets are deep allowing you to store phones and wallets and the zipper has a nice piece of detail; on the lip it is branded with the ‘Insert Coin’ logo. The slim fitted hoodie being reviewed hugs the arms and fits nicely on the shoulders and chest. Having the inside hood being black provides some nice contrast to the hoodie and adjustable hood, while not for everybody, at least allows the option for a tighter hood.
Insert Coin Clothing has a weird sizing chart when it comes to slim fitted hoodies. The difference between a small and a medium is literally 1cm in the width with other dimensions being the same. So this hoodie is versatile when it comes to sizes although it may be a bit big for those normally purchasing a small.
There are only two negatives I have for this product; the colour was better on the original Ebony and Ivory Hoodie. Dante traditionally wears a red trench coat and I thought the darker red was closer to the Dante design. Insert Coin have released a T shirt that closely matches the darker red of the previous hoodie, but the design on that one is not as strong due to matching colours on the text. Another is the price. This hoodie usually retails for £40.00 which is on the higher end of the spectrum. However Insert Coin Clothing have always been a company that has a high turn over of designs so once the stock is gone, it is gone for good.
Ebony and Ivory Reloaded Hoodie is a product I have wanted for some time. Its something I can wear that feels nice and has a great referencial video game design. The design is going out of stock on the Insert Coin Website so buyers will need to be quick. However visiting Insert Coin at a trade show may allow you to snag some out of date designs not available on the website anymore.