Would You Buy a $91,500 T-Shirt? Because Hermes Has One for You
Going viral right now: The price tag from a $91,500 t-shirt made of crocodile you can actually buy at a Hermes store in New York. Would you wear it?
See this t-shirt? It’s not just any old t-shirt. It’s not even Gwyneth Paltrow’s now-infamous $90 plain white t-shirt, which is usually my litmus test for whether an article of clothing is ridiculous (“Is it more expensive than Gwynnie’s tee? Is it also more basic than Gwynnie’s tee? Yes on both counts? Then it is officially ridiculous”). It’s made of crocodile and chiffon—and it costs a mind-blowing $91,500. For a T-SHIRT.
To say that high fashion sometimes confuses me would be an understatement.
The folks over at The Awl, have photographic evidence that it is a real thing that actually exists. It’s in the Hermes men’s store on Madison Avenue in New York:
They weren’t able to snap a photo of the actual shirt, as Hermes has a strict no-photographs-in-the-store policy, presumably to combat the thriving knockoff industry. But the shirt in question is the one seen above, which debuted on the runway last fall as part of Hermes’ Spring/Summer 2013 collection; and like most of the rest of the world, we’re having a little trouble processing it. As The Awl points out, the sales tax alone on that sucker would be around $8,000. Yikes!
Fashionista was curious enough about the whole thing to call Hermes up to double check the price; though the Hermes associate they spoke was, as they put it, “less than helpful,” they did manage to confirm that the chiffon crocodile shirts (yes, shirts—there’s a whole line of ‘em) run in the $60,000 to $100,000 range and that the short sleeve crewneck version seen here goes for “around $90,000.” Its color, by the way, is described as “not exactly navy.” Way to vague that up for us, Hermes.
I guess the big question I have is whether there’s actually a market for luxury items like this. I mean, I totally get being willing to shell out a little more for an item if that means that it’s going to be well-made and will last for ages—even if it’s a basic wardrobe staple—but is there anyone out there that actively goes searching for things like t-shirts made out of crocodile and chiffon? Is there a reason one would need to OWN a crocodile and chiffon t-shirt? Or is it just a sign that much of the world is wallowing in excess and probably needs to be taken down a notch or two?
I’ll stick with faux crocodile, thank you very much.
Tell us: What do you think? Excessive? Par for the course? Don’t really care? Inquiring minds want to know!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.