Pumpkin spice, peppermint mocha, skinny vanilla lattes.
No one knows how to customize my cup of joe better than the friendly barista at the Starbucks on 16th & Arch. And I'm willing to pay for it, because my day won't officially begin until I take my first sip of coffee. With that said, I would rather put $85 towards my monthly coffee fund than purchase a limited-edition, anniversary T-shirt- even if Alexander Wang was the brainchild behind it.
On Wednesday, the New York Daily News reported that Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and his team are incorporating high fashion as part of the company's 40th anniversary celebration. Naturally, that includes high pricing. For $85 each, the company is selling anniversary tees that have been crafted by designers Alexander Wang, Sophie Theallet and Billy Reid.
Alexander Wang's design, left, consists of a giant coffee stain on a simple white shirt, with the siren logo strategically placed in the lower half of the tee. The concept is actually pretty cool, but I'd rather pay to have the coffee in (not on) me.
Sophie Theallet's design, center, was inspired by the global community, thus the African continent sprawled across the left ribcage. I actually really like Theallet's design, and think it's the best of the bunch.
Billy Reid's creation, right, features the logo on the left shoulder. On his design, Reid explains, "We were inspired by the iconic images and American success story of Starbucks over the past 40 years." The shirt is also reversible.
If you're interested, you can find the tees at select Starbucks locations or on their website.
What are your thoughts? Would you pay $85 for this item?