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Forever 21′s Batman and Catwoman Collection Has Me Conflicted



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On the one hand, I’m not the hugest fan of Forever 21. As a company they’ve a history of things like (allegedly) ripping off designers and (allegedly) mistreating workers. And when I bought things from them back in my high school days they always fell apart. On the other hand: I really like that pencil skirt, and some of the sweaters are decidedly nice and snuggly-looking. I’m just going to wistfully look at some of the items in the company’s new Bats & Cats collection and wish someone else made them, but you can decide for yourself.

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  • http://wildflowered.org/ Rachel

    I really dislike F21 for ethical consumer reasons (basically the alleged reports you mentioned + having friends who worked for them), but I did buy a few things from this collection and from their earlier Marvel collaboration.

    Everything is comfy and seemingly higher quality than when they started out, and everything in this collection has DC’s trademark on it. The pencil skirt is amazing, the catwoman beanie is adorable (the studs are a little funky), and the everyday Batman ring is solid and has a good weight to it.

  • http://anna.balasi.com/ AnnaB

    I keep thinking I’m looking at cow costumes until I see the print.

  • Anonymous

    Hm. Similarly conflicted (I say as I wear a pair of jeans I bought 15+ years ago which have somehow held up marvelously despite my tendency to destroy clothes like Bruce Banner destroys clothes). Perhaps I shall content myself with the knowledge that, should I start trying on these clothes publicly in Forever 21, even if I buy, they’ll still lose sales from all the teenies who realize they may end up sharing a look with a middle-aged frumpolina.

    Heh. I’m in ur store, wearing ur dudz.

  • http://wildflowered.org/ Rachel

    I always see a diverse age range whenever I go into a F21, but that might just be the Los Angeles area.

  • http://wildflowered.org/ Rachel

    I always see a diverse age range whenever I go into a F21, but that might just be the Los Angeles area.

  • Anonymous

    It’s been a while since I visited one; it could be it won’t be so teen-oriented. But allow me my dreams!

    Someday someone will come up with a clothing section which addresses the needs of no-longer-20 geeks who aren’t ready to dress like Barbara Bush. And when that day comes, I will stop buying my clothes in the Misses section. And also the Boys section.

  • Anonymous

    It’s been a while since I visited one; it could be it won’t be so teen-oriented. But allow me my dreams!

    Someday someone will come up with a clothing section which addresses the needs of no-longer-20 geeks who aren’t ready to dress like Barbara Bush. And when that day comes, I will stop buying my clothes in the Misses section. And also the Boys section.

  • chrissypants

    That backpack tho!! OMG…

  • Anonymous

    Nope. All of them are like that. It’s not uncommon to see a 12 year old shopping there with her 24 year old sister, but in a good way.

  • http://wildflowered.org/ Rachel

    Considering I’m 25, nope, doesn’t surprise me. When I was buying some of the Bats & Cats collection I ran into some other women my age and a bit older talking about their kids and I pointed them over to the table I’d already grabbed stuff from.

  • http://thescienceofobsession.tumblr.com/ R.O.U.S.

    Those fuzzy sweaters are hid.e.ous.

  • Margaret

    FYI, the men’s collection has some awesome tee-shirts in it.

  • Lapin

    You can never have too many sweaters for fall. I like the grey bat one; looks comfy.

  • chris

    the sweaters are hideous! but that pencil skirt @@ me wants!!! all this means is that tweens are gonna be dressing like poser faux geeks and we can laugh at them.

  • Anonymous

    I like the ones that say “BAT” next to Bat symbols so I don’t get confused.

  • Anonymous

    Heh. It is possible that I am rather older than 25.

  • Anonymous

    Boooo of course it only goes up to large. LAME.

  • Brittany K

    But will any of these items be available in the Forever 21+ collection?

  • Anonymous

    Doubtful… :(

  • Anonymous

    I hope the pyjama top says “MAN” with a picture of a man.

  • Anonymous

    Catwoman needs a logo…

  • Anonymous

    Catwoman needs a logo…

  • Anonymous

    Seriously though people. Cut the “fake geek” crap. I really hope y’all are joking but that’s the second comment along those lines I’ve seen.

  • Chris de la Rosa

    I work for a company that designs for Forever 21, including at least half of the Marvel collaborations from this past summer, so thank you for supporting my paycheck. :p

    I do hate that my company works with companies that I have ethical problems with… F21 being one, but Walmart being a bigger one. Plus, they (Walmart, not F21) ask us to put chunky glitter on everything, which makes one of my co-workers cry and all of us have issues when we get the test samples back from the factory. But given the economy, the even smaller job market for artists and designers, and the fact that I’m actually a drop out, I can’t say I have many options to work elsewhere while also being insured and independently housed.

  • http://wildflowered.org/ Rachel

    My love to you and your coworkers because I am in love with the white & black leggings.

    Ugh. Yeah, I can see the dilemma. Flat out boycotting companies like Walmart doesn’t help anyone in your position out at all and hurts more than it helps.

  • Anonymous

    F21 has been cuter and more high quality lately than it used to be. There is still plenty of ugly clothing for sale, but I’d say the ugly to cute ratio is currently no different from some other, more expensive retailers. I know they have ethical issues (along with most retailers honestly) but until I can afford to shop at an ethical company, I’m pleased that F21 has gotten cuter. Lets this decidedly broke girl shop somewhere.

  • Chris de la Rosa

    My coworkers are amazing. We all network to know where to get NYCC passes until last minute and then all tap our feet impatiently before we haul en mass to Comic-Con. And we’re all still waiting for our licensing department to get rights to work with Star Wars, since we have Disney contracts (and thus Marvel). And at least three of us are still wanting to get Sailor Moon by the time the new anime is out.

  • Chris de la Rosa

    F21 definitely targets more to the teens-early 30s crowd, but I’ve seen some shoppers older than their mid thirties there shopping for themselves.

  • Chris de la Rosa

    Right? Even if it is trending in generally and selling to non-geeks, it’s not for you and I to look at a woman with a comic tee from a trendy fast fashion shop and assume she’s a “fake geek.”

  • Anonymous

    A LOATHE the “fake geek” issue, as someone who recently was quizzed on her comic book knowledge because she wanted to volunteer at a con, I have SUCH a problem with labeling people as fake geek. There’s isn’t just one type of geek. People need to calm down and stop being so quick to judge :(

  • Anonymous

    The collection is pretty cute… I wish I could wear any of the clothes and I’d buy them in a second!

  • Rebecca Pahle

    *Thank you.* If someone wants to wear a Batman sweater they can wear a Batman sweater. I don’t even care if they’ve never read a comic or seen one of the movies. Maybe they just like the design! Why they’re wearing what they wear and where they got it should have *zero* negative implications. And yet we get “fake geek” nonsense.

  • Anonymous

    like Connie implied I am impressed that some one able to get paid $8264 in a few weeks on the internet. Full Report w­w­w.J­A­M­20.c­o­m

  • http://wildflowered.org/ Rachel

    It’s amazing. *________*

  • http://wildflowered.org/ Rachel

    You can tell someone is a Fake Geek just by looking at them? My gods! WHAT ARE YOUR SECRETS? SHARE WITH THE CLASS, so that we may protect ourselves from the atrocities that are people buying and wearing stuff related to things we like!

  • http://wildflowered.org/ Rachel

    The jewelry is pretty cute too >________>

  • http://wildflowered.org/ Rachel

    oh. my. god. yes. yes yes yes I hope you get the rights for Sailor Moon because I am so excited for the new anime and the merch we’ll get in NA for it.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah… but it sucks because I love that pencil skirt and I would wear the hell out of it. :(

  • Alexa

    I like the yellow symbol pants, but I’m not sure I could pull them off. : /

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  • Rebecca Pahle

    Still nothing wrong with wearing a band shirt just because it looks nice, though! I had a shirt I bought at Goodwill a while back that I wore for years before I even knew it *was* a band shirt. *shrug* If a fan had asked me about the band it might’ve been a bit awkward, but if they have issues with me wearing a shirt because I like the spider on it then it’s their deal, not mine.

  • chris

    UHM, you can untwist your panties Rachel. the faux geek phenomena is a valid point and I live in a free society and I can mention it all I want!! Of course anyone can buy what they want but the POINT is that they buy comic book stuff because its the new “cool” “in” or “hip” thing to do and not because they actually know ANYTHING about the character whos emblem they are wearing. Its not really worth arguing about but I wont have you telling me what I can or cant comment on this board about!

  • chris

    Id say you can rock it with a nice solid color blouse and conservative shoes. I think it would look fabulous! =)

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Fair enough. Different strokes for different folks! I hope we can agree not to judge people for what they wear, though, whatever the reason may be.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    “the POINT is that they buy comic book stuff because its the new “cool” “in” or “hip” thing to do and not because they actually know ANYTHING about the character whos emblem they are wearing.”

    I’ll let a gif do the talking for me here: http://31.media.tumblr.com/f499d7560537f6151e3f9536f0ba8ef5/tumblr_ms72zhC9IL1rfk8fdo1_250.gif

  • chris

    WhateVer! I guess you cant stand a different opinion than your own? Go live in Russia or China Rebecca!

  • Skye

    My mom shops there for workplace sweaters and she is definitely past 50! She is a trendy and well-preserved slim mom, but yeah, you can keep shopping at F21 for years to come. Also I’ve bought their $8 jeans and they have lasted nigh on 2 years, despite my tendency to hike through blackberry brambles. Their quality isn’t so bad on certain items.

  • BatiHoney

    I love Forever 21′s clothes, and I was so excited when I read the news because I love Batman, but I love Catwoman even more. I was, however, DEEPLY disappointed with the colletion because you can clearly see Batman in there, but not Catwoman. I don’t want a “MEOW” or “CAT” sweater, I want something that resembles or actually has Selina in it. There’s only a top with her face in it and I don’t really like it, and with the rest you can’t tell it’s supposed to be Catwoman-inspired clothing. Almost everything just says “MEOW”, jesus.