2009 has been a big year for the The Beatles with the launch of their remastered albums, The Beatles Rock Band video game, and now, a designer clothing collection inspired by the band. Comme des Garçons collection launches on Black Friday, November 27 at CDG's London and Tokyo stores and will expand internationally next year. As always, this gear doesn't come cheap but will likely have a huge appeal to Beatles fanatics.
The collection includes a line of 10 PVC travel bags, 4 button-down shirts, and five Beatles concert-style t-shirts. On the low-end of the price scale, the t-shirts start at $115. The most expensive piece in the collection is an $860 PVC bag. If you're wondering why the bags are made of PVC and not leather, it's because a stipulation to not use leather was a part of the deal.
Designer Rei Kawakubo has access to all of the Beatles iconography -including logos and photos - thanks to a deal with Apple Corp, but said that she didn't want to make "any unnecessary items that may in time come to resemble a Beatles sourvenir shop." To achieve this goal, she took the iconic Apple log and put it alongside her signature polka dots to make "strong, conceptual" items.