Hermes was blasted on The Awl Monday for selling a T-shirt at its men’s store on Madison Avenue in Manhattan for $91,500.
If purchased, the black crew neck made out of crocodile and chiffon would cost an astounding $8,000 in taxes alone.
“Forgive me for not having pictures of the T-shirt itself; photographs are forbidden at the Hermes store, most probably as an anti-knockoff policy or possibly to keep secret the fact that there are T-shirts that cost MORE THAN THREE OR FOUR ACTUALLY QUITE DECENT CARS,” said discoverer of the shirt, Choire Sicha.
Click to see a picture of the shirt here.
While Hermes is catching flack for selling the expensive item, one man in Pune, India, purchased an even more expensive top late last year, spending $250,000 on the shirt made of solid gold. The businessman, who bought the shirt to wear during New Year’s celebrations, called gold his “ultimate passion” and said buying the shirt was a dream come true.
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Hermes isn’t the only store to offer ridiculously expensive merchandise. Here are seven others price tags that will also blow your mind and have your wallet cowering for safety.
KOPI LAWAK COFFEE
People will do crazy things to get their morning cup of coffee but I don’t think many would be willing to shell out $160 for one pound of the caffeinated beans. Kopi Luwak coffee from Indonesia is considered one of the most expensive cups of Joe in the world. The beans are made from coffee cherries and are eaten by common pal civets, animals similar in appearance to mongooses.
Yes, the liquid that comes from the tap and when cold, stays in a frozen form is on this list. Glace Luxury Ice Co. describes its product as “meticulously designed” and claims the cubes taste best when allowed to “age” for 3-4 minutes before their consumed. The cubes are all circular in shape and are free of mineral, additives and pollutants. One case of the cubes (50 pieces) will cost you $325.
TRIATHLON ENTRANCE FEE
Those who wanted to run, swim and bike through New York City during the annual triathlon were treated with a nearly doubled entrance fee last year. Runners usually have to cough up an estimated $575 to enter; in 2012 the fee was raced to $1,000. The CEO of World Triathlon chalked up the price increase to high permit, medical and law enforcement costs.
Any thrifty college student knows that a cup of Top Ramen is one of the most affordable meals available, but what about a $43 dollar cup of instant soup? Pot Noodles was launched by U.K. department store Harrods and delivers instant carbs in a gold leaf pot to 100 customers every year.
ALLIGATOR SKIN BACKPACK
Child stars turned fashion designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen released a series of 12 black backpacks covered in prescription pills and gold spots in 2012. The sticker price: $55,000. The bags were sold by the online retailer Just One Eye and were crafted by artist Damien Hirst.
Despite the high retail price, Ashley Olsen said the profits went straight to UNICEF.
The Sugar Factory was made famous by celebrities posing with their most popular and most expensive sugary item, their couture lollipops. If you want one of these celebrity-endorsed treats, it will set you back $25 a pop.
HONG KONG APARTMENTS
People say New York City is an expensive place to live, but it is nowhere as expensive as living in the slums of Hong Kong. People living in what are considered to be “shoebox”-size apartments are paying an estimated 50 cents more than a New Yorker pays for the average square foot. A group called The Platform Concerning Subdivided Flats and Relevant Issues in Hong Kong said the average resident pays 27 Hong Kong dollars per square foot for homes that measure on average 6 feet by 2.5 feet.