Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Charlie Chaplin clothing line

Remeber the old commercials about "you got your chocolate in my peanut butter?" Sometimes you find two things going together that don't always seem to belong together. Well, this is an example of one of those things. Take a look at the following press release from CNW Group:

KRYPTON IMAGINATION Inc is proud to announce that a license agreement for the creation of a ready-to-wear clothing line inspired on the life and work of CHARLIE CHAPLIN, has been signed between DONALDSON & PARTNERS SA and BUBBLES INCORPORATED SA. This license is a world première and regulates the future creation and development of collections of women's, men's and children's clothing and accessories, but also household articles. This exclusive agreement gives birth to the brand CHAPLIN and concerns initially the European countries, Russia, North Africa and Taiwan.

Now Chaplin was a great artist in many ways. But when I think of him, I don't think of high fashion! The photo above is how most of us think of Chaplin.

Now before you say it's an impossible mix, let's consider something. You may not think that Chaplin and computers would go together either, right? But they did. IBM used the Little Tramp character in some of it's advertisements for home computers back in the early 1980s. Don't believe me? There's a tiny image of it in the article below: 0-1006-201-6831982-0.html

Perhaps it's because Charlie often represented the "everyman" that advertisers look to his image. If Charlie likes a product, then it must be something that "everyman" would want.

Of course, I'm guessing that the clothing will be fine, with Chaplin being used as a sort of "logo" like those izod shirts do with the alligators. Same idea, I would guess. The clothing line is planned for later this year, so time will tell what we will get. In the meantime, to stay ahead of the trends, you may want to buy a pair of pants twice your size and a shirt that's about half your size. And the cane, don't forget the cane. :)

You can read the full press release at the link. It includes comments from Chaplin's family members: