Designers Collaborating With…Starbucks

Starbucks 40th Anniversary tees

Starbucks’ 40th anniversary tees by Sophie Theallet, Alexander Wang, and Billy Reid.

For $85, celebrate Starbucks’ 40th anniversary.  Three noted designers — Alexander Wang, Sophie Theallet, and Billy Reid — have been tapped to create the $85 t-shirts commemorating the coffee company’s anniversary.  The trio are all past recipients of the Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund award, which offers grants to emerging American designers.

The t-shirts will be available at Nordstrom or can be bought online directly from Starbucks itself.

All three tees relate back to coffee and Starbucks’ business, with Theallet’s cleverly covered in a map of the world, apparently to represent the chain’s global ubiquity.  We particularly like Wang’s tee for its subtle utility, however — it depicts a milky coffee stain turning into Starbucks’ Siren logo.   So when you eventually spill coffee on your designer t-shirt while rushing to work, you can just claim that splatter is supposed to be there.

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