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Starbucks Makes a Splash with Designer Tees

Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 20, 2011 01:13 PM

It used to be that when someone accidentally spilled hot coffee on themselves at a restaurant, they went ahead and sued (with one famously being awarded $2.86 million by a jury, which was later reduced). These days, it appears that Starbucks thinks people would like to actually pay money to appear as if they’ve made a mess of themselves.

Designers Alexander Wang, Sophie Theallet, and Billy Reid each have won a Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund Award during the last three years. So what do they do? They all partner with Starbucks and design limited-edition T-shirts to help celebrate the Seattle company’s 40th birthday, of course, according to Fashionista.com. 

Wang, who's also making Dockers chic this fall, apparently didn’t too much time into figuring out what to do with his shirt design.

“The first thing we thought of was what everyone tries to avoid—spilled coffee on a T-shirt,” he said, according to InStyle.

Meanwhile, “Theallet’s has a fitted shape with grosgrain ribbon, and Reid’s plays up prep with a worn-in feel,” Women’s Wear Daily reports. (Reid has two designs: a women's vintage splash tee, and a men's heritage design.)

How much does Starbucks want you to shell out for a T-shirt that looks like it’s already stained? It’s just $85! What else could you possibly want to do with that money?

And you can get them at Starbucks, on the chain’s website, and at select Nordstroms, WWD reports.

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