So, Tavi Gevinson, and some of her friends from the webzine Rookie have been traveling across country this summer with the gang at Urban Outfitters. It pretty much sounds like a buttload of fun; they’ve been making stops in major cities and towns along the way to meet up with fans, hold workshops and go shopping. But on their recent stop in Portland, Oregon, they also got to stay at a farm, and chill with a bunch of chickens, goats and mini-horses. Can you beat that? No, no you can’t. [Urban Outfitters]
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We’re already big fans of all things Tavi Gevinson and Rookie Magazine, the after school online project she started with a few friends and Paul Rudd. But now we’re totally legitimately jealous of Miss Gevinson. This summer she’ll be embarking on a grand summer adventure — a road trip from New York to Los Angeles with Rookie editorial director Anaheed Alani, photographer Petra Collins, and Hazel Cills, a writer for Rookie and the Urban Outfitters blog. The trip will culminate with a week-long art installation at Space 15Twenty called Strange Magic, the centerpiece of which will be a teenage shrine. Says Tavi, “Bring us some kind of souvenir of your teenagerhood that might be at home in a giant Rookie shrine. A journal, bracelet, photo, tape, or other weird thing so long as it is not dangerous and/or Two and a Half Men memorabilia, and so long as you are OK with never getting it back, ’cause we’ll need them for keeps.”
You can follow their adventures at Urban’s blog.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve got a new ripped cuticle or thumbtack stab every day. If you’re going to be a walking gore-fest, you may as well wear a Band-Aid more chic than those “Dora The Explorer” ones you found at CVS. Well, “chic” may not be the right word. But these Urban Outfitters Band-Aids with the World War II “Keep Calm And Carry On” logo are certainly more historical. You might just find that you’re giving yourself a boo-boo on purpose so you can look smart. [$8, Urban Outfitters]
That’s what the Anti-Defamation League of Philadelphia seems to think. The organization has taken the hipster clothing chain to task for a T-shirt featuring a Star of David design they say is strikingly similar to one that was used to identify Jews by the Nazis during the Holocaust and was embroidered on concentration camp uniforms.
“We find this use of symbolism to be extremely distasteful and offensive, and we are outraged that your company would make this product available to your customers,” said Barry Morrison, the regional director of the ADL in a letter to Urban’s chairman and cheif executive Richard Hayne.
Usually, I’d run away screaming from anything sporting a tie-dye pattern on it. But these Messeca Tie-Dye Coraline Platform Wedge happen to hit the sweet spot. They’re working the tie-dye hippie thing, sure, but in a decidedly high fashion way. The sleek wedge heel offsets any crunchy, hacky sack vibe, and the bright, cheery color makes these shoes the perfect statement piece for spring. I’m into them, just don’t expect to see me dancing around in any patchwork bellbottoms anytime soon. [$189, Urban Outfitters]
Walk into any Urban Outfitters or Anthropologie and you’re bound see racks and racks of clothes referencing Navajo patterns and designs. A quick perusal of Urban’s website finds that there are almost two dozen products referencing the Native American tribe, by name at least, in its product descriptions. These days the all-encompassing term to describe Native American-inflected design is everywhere. And it might just be illegal. Keep reading »
Urban Outfitters usually flocks to controversy, but in the case of a photo featured on one of Urban’s Ts, the company is probably less than thrilled with the attention. Sometime last year. photographer Jason Lee Parry took a shot of a 15-year-old girl — allegedly model Hailey Clauson (pictured) — “revealing portions of her breasts … in a spread eagle position making her crotch area the focal point of the image.” And while Parry claims the photo was never meant to be released, and was actually stolen from the studio in which it was shot, the model’s parents aren’t buying it. They’re suing Parry, Urban, and several other retailers where the clothing featuring the image was sold for more than $28 million total. But! On the flip side, the series of shots also included photos where the young girl was drinking beer, exposing her pubic hair and riding a motorcycle without a helmet on (and obviously, presumably without a license).
According to the suit, the photos Parry took “forces” the model “to be the object of prurient interests and provides wallpaper for the likes of pedophiles.” Did she — or her parents — not realize this when the shots were taken? And anyway, does this T-shirt look in any way scandalous to you? [NY Post] Keep reading »
This week, Urban Outfitters released its fall shoe collection–unveiling more than 600 new styles. We’ve culled through and selected the 10 best in wedges, heels, plimsouls and boots. These are the must-haves you’ll want this fall, and most of them are priced way under $100, so you can stock up without breaking the bank. Check ‘em out after the jump! Keep reading »
You’ve got to wonder, sometimes, what marketing people are thinking when they make decisions like the one Brit company Zazzle made to allow a children’s T-shirt to be sold with the words “Nothing Tastes As Good As Skinny Feels.” When the T first came to light, Zazzle claimed that it was simply “a custom products platform, it enables all users to create their own products that feature their own content. In this way, Zazzle is an outlet for users to express their personal opinions and viewpoints.” In effect, it was simply a platform for users, but not responsible for what users created with its platform. Well, Zazzle’s card has been pulled by Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority, who have deemed the shirts “harmful to children.”
You think, guys? Keep reading »