Liam Gallagher from Oasis has launched a new clothing line called Pretty Green. There are a few t-shirts in the line so I thought I’d let you know. Any Oasis fans out there? Anyway, from what I can see on the official web site they are nothing special. The website is pretty cool for Gallagher fans though. There is a video and plenty of pictures.
As you can see the t-shirt above is pretty plain but apparently that is what he is going for. I think. To be honest I think Liam Gallagher is full of shit. On the one hand he says “I’m not here to rip anyone off and I’m not doing it for the money either. ” but on the other hand he is charging £40 for a one color logo t-shirt. That’s over US$65. He says he’s doing it “cuz there’s a lack of stuff out there of the things I would wear. The things I want you can’t really get, you know what I mean“, yet he says “It’s just a nice classic range I think. Just classic, you know, classic parka, classic trenchcoat, classic shoes, suede desert boots, nice jumper, nothing, no mad gear going on, just really plain blacks, browns, you know I mean nothing, nothing wild, you know what I mean…“. I think that you can get plenty of gear than fits the bill. Suede desert boots? OK maybe you have to go back in time to get those babies.
In the end he says “I’ve gotta make clothes that I like, you know, I’m not making it for anyone else.” so you have to wonder why he doesn’t just do that. It would be much cheaper and save you a lot of time.
I think I would have had more respect for him if he had just said “I’m in it for the money. My music is not as popular as it once was and I want to capitalize on what’s left of my stardom before I cross over from middle age to old age.”
the guy who wrote this talks sh*T!!!!!
Do you have an opinion or are you just a sycophantic fanboy.
Old article, but I guess still somewhat up to date.
I disagree that Liam could be criticized here.
When Liam says he doesn’t want to rip anyone off, he seems to want to say that he didnt get a 7 digit number to put a name on some crap.
Instead he is part of the designing process and can actually do what he likes and then the stuff gets on the streets.
I doubt that he has much to do with the business part, you need professionals for that who know the necessities to succeed in the market.
A lot of mouths want to be fed and it’s basically a shark tank out there with all the discount products.
You see, I have no insight on how and where he has his clothes made.
And I dont think you have and I dont know where you live for sure, but since you compare it to $, I guess you live in the US.
In Europe 40 Pounds (48€) is not expensive for a “designer” shirt.
You pay 25 bucks for any ordinary white shirt with a logo from adidas..
Yes you can get crappy shirts at H&M for 5 bucks, but frankly, you likely have blood on your hands if you buy those.
How do you think someone makes shirts that sell for 5 bucks, or 20 bucks, and still have a profit after taxes?
Remember many people want their share and production costs are high in western nations.
So a cheap shirt has to be produced in China, Bangladesh, India, you name it.
And if you don’t know how people fabricate shirts and other clothes: Get informed it’s all public.
People dying the cotton for example are exposed to highly poisonous chemicals, and by exposed I mean they are standing in the dye!
And they earn just enough not to starve.
How much do you think is the salary of a woman that sews in a chinese factory?
Do you where Sneakers?
Nike? Puma? Adidas?
A pair of sneakers includes about 2 $ labor cost. And I dont have to tell you how much you pay for them.
Now, I’m not saying Liam is an hippie who cares for nothing but the environment or the rights of the working class.
But without even knowing how a certain company has its shirts produced chances of it being somewhat responsible rise enormously the more you spend on the shirt(exception could be EdHardy apparently).
I have recently read a thorough article on that and seen a documentary about it unfortunately all german, I guess you don’t speak it.
Again, 48€for a shirt is not a lot considering it’s a brand name.
And shirts aren’t really the only example you can focus on, have a look on other stuff he has out.
Prices are reasonable.
The shoes aren’t the cheapest, but you can get them starting at about 120€ and that’s normal for clarks unfortunately.
After all you’re very biased and it can’t have much to do with his clothing line.
Just take your last sentence for example, do you really want to bust his balls because he says he isn’t doing it for anyone else?
That’s like common language for saying you’re doing what you like to do without selling out, and if people like it great if not, well then they don’t.
I mean you know what that idiom means, so it’s pretty weird to take it out of the context like you did.
Some info, I’m from Europe, live in Japan but this blog caters to a mainly US audience so I usually use dollars. Regarding docs about the textile industry don’t worry, they are available in many languages, it is not only the Germans who are well informed.
A lot of your points are moot as you don’t know that his t-shirts and gear weren’t made by children with bloody fingers in India either. In fact it is well known that designer clothes are made in the same countries as those $5 Primark/H&M tees. Talking about expenses, American Apparel manages to make tees and sell them for less than $5 and all on American soil. Of course Gallagher’s tees wouldn’t be sold in quantities enough to benefit from the economies of scale required for such low costs but through a third party (which I am sure he is doing anyway) he could get close to that without ever contacting an Asian firm.
The exchange rates have changed dramatically since this post was made too so £40 was $65. I agree than £40 or more is common enough for a designer tee but I don’t think his tee should be classed as a designer tee just because he attached his name to it. I just bought a Superdry tee in London for £25 and it is very soft and comfortable. I haven’t seen or touched the PrettyGreen tees but I doubt they are any better than that. Superdry wouldn’t be classed as a designer tee either even though it is actually a designer tee and much higher quality than tees from companies such as Calvin Klein, YSL etc..
I don’t know what bias you think I have but had I not watched his video I would have thought that his clothes were a bit bland, clothes that you could get almost anywhere but after watching his video he came across as full of shit. If he said he wanted to make something that you couldn’t get anywhere else and then did that I would have a bit of respect for him but as mentioned, even by himself, the stuff is classic, which basically means you can get stuff like it anywhere and ten years ago you could have too. Really, why is he producing stuff that is already available if it is not for money or fame.
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