It's been another weird week in retail. People no longer have to choose between jeans styles, Costco has you covered for a zombie apocalypse and Hardee's tries its hand at fashion.
This, and more, in this week's retail therapy.
This brand doesn't want you to choose between tapered and flared jeans
Jeans are a staple in most closets. They're so versatile that it usually takes minimal effort deciding which ones to throw on before running out the door. But ready-to-wear fashion brand Ksenia Schnaider wants to solve a problem no one has: eliminating the need to decide between two different jeans styles. The brand recently rolled out its asymmetrical jeans — half tapered leg, half flared jeans.
No longer will people have to wear the deceiving mask of traditional jeans — they now can proudly show the world that their life is just as messy as their fashion choices. Those bold enough to drop $375 on what we can only call a denim experiment, can pre-order the item online.
Asymmetrical jeans: For those days when you’re suffering from water retention and dehydration at the same time. ???? pic.twitter.com/SwF4qwAIe8— Clouds Drummond (@cloudsdrummond) January 16, 2019
This isn't the only nightmare to hit denim recently. The jury's still out over why Balenciaga forced bootcut jeans back into our lives, and we haven't forgotten about the extremely oversized jean jacket Hiroki Nakamura debuted that rings in at $6,021.
And unfortunately, it doesn't seem likely that this is the last jeans miss we'll see this year.
If the world's ending, Costco's got us covered
At Costco size matters, and the bigger, the better. It's no surprise to customers that when they go to the wholesaler, they're buying in bulk. But there's a line to be drawn between practical and blatantly absurd — and Costco has, on occasion crossed that line.
For example, the retailer currently offers a tub of Nutella that weighs in at nearly seven pounds ($21.99). We get it, Nutella is delicious and has a cult following, but this is just ridiculous. And don't even get us started on the 40-lb tub of honey that is listed under "Emergency Food" on its website. We're not sure how this would help people in the event of an emergency, but maybe Costco intends for consumers to actually use the weighted tub of goo to throw at any danger that comes their way.
But those aren't even the most unsettling items on the wholesale retailer's website. Mac and cheese lovers can rejoice in the fact that they can now purchase a 27-lb tub of it for just $89.99. The kit has 180 servings. And the best part? It has a 20-year shelf life. You read that correctly. Couples should add this to their wedding registry in preparation to send their unborn children off to college with the goods.
*Goes to Costco for vitamin pills*— Michael Haz (@Michael_Haz) January 11, 2019
*Comes home with a 27 lb, 6 gallon bucket of mac and cheese* pic.twitter.com/TmEpp4ZSfF
If there's one thing we know though it's that if there's ever an apocalypse of some sorts, you can catch us at Costco.
Fast-food apparel is here to stay, apparently
It's nothing new for fast-food companies to dip their toes into the apparel space. Taco Bell rolled out a number of Friendsgiving-themed items in November. Arby's earlier this month unveiled its "Arby's of the Month" subscription box, which delivers a box of Arby's-themed items — such as a bacon-printed scarf and Arby's-branded — to subscribers every month. And Hardee's is the latest to try its hand at another fast-food-themed item no one needs: a ski suit.
The fast-food company partnered with Tipsy Elves to launch limited-edition ski suits coming in at a whopping $224.95. Meaning Hardee's had really audacious goals for the number of ski suits it'd actually sell. But, alas, those goals were met, because just one day after the announcement came out, the ski suits were completely sold out.
But maybe even in 2019, America really isn't over fast food yet. In fact, President Trump ordered mountains of it for the national college football champions on Monday night to celebrate their win. Everything from French fries to "hamberders" filled the historic space.
due to a large order placed yesterday, we're all out of hamberders.— Burger King (@BurgerKing) January 15, 2019
just serving hamburgers today.
Nike takes us all the way 'Back to the Future,' while Motorola sends us back in time
Earlier this week, the footwear and athletic apparel giant unveiled its latest technology-centered basketball shoe, the Nike Adapt BB. The company touts it as creating "a truly custom fit by combining an advanced power-lacing system, an app and continually updated firmware." Just a reminder, this is a shoe that we're referring to.
We can't help but wonder (read: panic) about the circumstance where the shoe malfunctions and the person wearing them can't remove them, or worse, the shoe continues to tighten like a boa constrictor. But for those brave enough, the product will be available for $350 beginning in February, according to Nike. Although this isn't the retailer's first attempt at "Back to the Future”-esque technology. The retailer in September 2016 released a true nod to Marty McFly's sneaks with their HyperAdapt shoe ($720).
But just as news of futuristic products are announced, items from the past might creep back up to the surface. Motorola hinted at a revival of the once coveted, ultra-thin Razr. Sources familiar with the matter said in an exclusive partnership with Verizon, the phone could return as a smartphone with a foldable screen costing consumers $1,500, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.
Maybe some things are better left in the past.