My brother, who runs a t-shirt company out of my parents’ garage, recently told me an interesting story about a $680 t-shirt designed by American fashion designer Marc Jacobs. Yes, you heard me. A $680 t-shirt. Singular.
While some may call it sybaritism, T-Shirt Magazine advises: “[i]f you’re ballin’ you probably have a few expensive t-shirts in your collection.” And “[a] super expensive shirt is a must have for any collection.” (Far be it for us to question the wisdom and expertise of T-Shirt Magazine on such matters.) So who can you turn to, to fill that voluptuary void in your wardrobe?
Enter Marc Jacobs.
Marc Jacobs is the head designer for the eponymous Marc Jacobs fashion line (not to be confused with his diffusion line — i.e., way to squeeze more money from people with less of it — Marc by Marc Jacobs). In addition to being the creative director of Louis Vuitton since 1997, Marc Jacobs made Time Magazine’s 2010 Time 100 list of the 100 most influential people in the world and ranked 12th on Out Magazine’s 2011 list of “50 Most Powerful Gay Men and Women in America.” (And you thought Hansel was so hot right now.)
While my wife would probably sell our firstborn child to have a shopping spree in Marc Jacobs’ boutique, I have absolutely no interest in fashion, design, or hedonistic clothing. But when a graffiti vandal artist named “Kidult” tagged Marc Jacobs’ SoHo boutique with the word “ART” in hot pink spray-paint, tweeted about it “I did some ART?”, and drew Jacobs and at least one other designer into a surreal t-shirt-battle, I discovered a story that even the most fashion-backward among us can find amusing.