Ouch. Saint Laurent Severs Long-Term Ties With Paris' Hippest Boutique Over Parody Tees

ain't laurent t shirt embedPhoto: Courtesy of What About Yves.
Hedi Slimane was not amused by Colette's decision to stock T-shirts emblazoned with the words "Ain't Laurent Without Yves" alongside his own Saint Laurent designs. Yesterday, Sarah Andelman, who owns the Parisian boutique, announced that Saint Laurent had broken ties with the store for stocking the T-shirts by What About Yves.
Advertisement
When asked to remove the offending garments in early September, Andelman apparently agreed to stop selling them online, but said that she would off-load remaining stock in her Paris store, which she said had happened by September 21. But she told WWD that Saint Laurent then cancelled Colette's spring and resort orders, which totalled around $136,000. “We have been excommunicated,” she said. “There is no respect for all the work we did in the past."
The Parisian concept store has stocked Saint Laurent swag since 1998, and Andelman claims that wholesale orders over the years add up to close to $4 million over the years. She added that Saint Laurent’s reaction was part of a larger problem where labels increasingly attempt to control how and what stores sell. “Should we accept fashion dictatorship?” she said. It's a fair point.
While it's understandable that Slimane might be a tad offended by the slogan, he has been notoriously particular about the label’s rebranding since he took the reins — and he is fast gaining a rep for possessing one for the industry's most sensitive egos. His infamous public spat with Cathy Horyn provides a case point — and the violent reaction to these T-shirt is not going help him on this front.
Colette still carries covetable punny sweatshirts by the likes of Brian Lichtenberg, whose creations riff on brands like Hermès (Homiès) and Cèline (Fèline). But Andelman said that other unnamed major labels have asked her to take down Instagrams of products that parody their name. So, does this mean the era of the high-end parody T-shirt and sweatshirt has officially ended? Either that or designers need to get a sense of humor pronto...
(WWD)
Advertisement

More from Politics

Update: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney announced in a press conference that dashcam and body cam video of the department's interaction with...
Election Day lasts just one day — a 24-hour culmination of the seemingly never-ending campaign season. But we’ll spend the next two, four, six years ...
What can you do to make the candidates first head-to-head battle as pleasant as possible? What is the secret to keep yourself smizing as you listen to the ...
If the chaotic party politics of the 2016 election have left you feeling completely birdbrained, this video is for you. The Founding Fathers (presented ...
The 2016 presidential election has been a captivating contest. If you feel like sometimes you can't look away, well, you're not alone. Even celebrities ...
In the social order of bonobos, females rule and develop cross-generational bonds to keep the males in check. A senior female takes charge, intervening ...
The first presidential debate is finally upon us. On Monday, our candidates for commander-in-chief will finally go head-to-head on issues that matter ...
1. World News: Puerto Rico has declared a state of emergency after suffering its largest power outage since 1980.The outage left 1.5 million Puerto ...
Update: Officer Betty Shelby, the policewoman who fatally shot Terence Crutcher last Friday, has been charged with first-degree manslaughter, NBC News ...
Step aside, old-school political merch. We're way past bumper stickers and buttons. With the election just months away, people across the country are ...
Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis: Hillary Clinton from Funny Or Die Will Tim Kaine be president for nine months if Hillary Clinton gets pregnant? ...
Goodbye, paperwork printouts and lines at the DMV. Hello, registering while in line for coffee. Starting today, you can register to vote over text ...
1. Here At Home: No charges will be filed against police in the shooting death of Korryn Gaines. Korryn Gaines, 23, was shot and killed on August 1 ...
It happened again. This week, two Black men went from living, breathing human beings to hashtags. And yet, despite all I hear about hashtag activism, I'm...