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15 Coffee x Clothing Collaborations That Should To...

15 Coffee x Clothing Collaborations That Should Totes Happen

Two weeks ago Toby’s Estate announced their first cafe in Manhattan, a fancy coffee bar to be located inside the conceptually revamped flagship store for Club Monaco. Not one month earlier, Urban Outfitters put a coffee bar serving Kickapoo Coffee in their 5th Ave Manhattan store. And now La Colombe has opened their first Chicago retail venture inside the new Haberdash neo-gentleman’s club retail experience. While fine coffee in a clothing store is really nothing new – think London’s Prufrock Coffee at the front bar of Present – what was once an isolated service model has now gone full zeitgeist. Somehow 2013 has become the year of coffee & clothing collaborations.

Personally, we’re all for it. Every clothing line should have its own attendant coffee bar! Who wouldn’t want a little caffeinated pick-me-up to help with those marathon shopping sessions? Clearly this is the wave of the future. And so to help spur this revolution on, we’ve put together a list of 15 coffee companies and the clothing lines we think best match their styles. Your demitasse is prêt-àporter; you need to make it work.

Starbucks at the Gap

Trapped in the 90s.

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(Dis Magazine, Selling The 90s)

Streamer Coffee x Armani

Oh wait this already kind of happened.

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Stumptown for Pendleton

Obviously.

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(Glark, Cindy’s Antique Quilts)

Heart for The Pendleton Portland Collection

Very 2013.

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(Marrow Mag, Portland Collection)

Starbucks Blonde Clover Bar at Banana Republic

I mean yes, it is an up market version, but it’s still the same old mega-corp when you get right down to it.

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(Starbucks Melody, WPC)

Nespresso Pod Bar at H&M

They’re both from Europe, they’re both cheap takes on luxury, and their stores both have the same euro trash soundtrack. Fast coffee for your fast fashion.

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(So Lifestyle, Shop Westfarms)

Starbucks Via® Instant Self-Serve Bar at American Eagle

Basic.

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(Jeremy Person, AE)

The Barn for Karl Lagerfeld

Austere, minimalist, and German.

(Petite Passport)

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(Petite Passport, Emakina)

Grumpy for rag & bone

They’re both classic, solidly-constructed and under-appreciated. And they’ve both been on Girls.

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(NY Daily News, rag+bone)

Square Mile for Burberry

Elite, yet readily available. Strong brand recognition. Prone to forays into high fashion.

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(Sprudge, Mimito)

Handsome x Nudie

Once again this is basically already a thing.

(LA I’m Yours)

Cafe Europa for Louis Vuitton

Europa brunch comes in multiple sizes, just like Louis bags, and just like Louis bags there are plenty of knock-offs. Both are run by the oldest houses in their industries–and the people enjoying their products probably have more money than you do.

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(10best.com, Louis Vuitton)

Joe Coffee For Marc Jacobs

They were both started by dapper gentlemen in NYC. They both have a million locations. They’re both kind of gay.

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(NYT, GearLive)

Koppi for Björn Borg

Those undies are hot and so are Koppi owners Anne Lunell and Charles Nystrand.

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(Sprudge, Tennis Served Fresh)

 

Alex Bernson, Alex Pond, Talon Wood, and Sara Ziniewicz-Michelman contributed to this feature.

 


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