It's Friday, Retail Therapy is back, and we're dishing up the funniest, most bizarre and shake-your-head moments that happened in the retail world this week.
On the block today we've got James Harden, the NBA star and Houston Rockets player whose much-hyped signature shoe with Adidas may rival Steph Curry's widely-mocked Chef shoes for internet laughs, and one Australian shop keeper who is definitely not a fan of Kanye West's pop up shops.
This, and more, in this week's Retail Therapy below.
Not everyone is a fan of Kanye's pop-ups
Kanye fans got a little out of control this weekend after the entertainment icon opened 21 pop-up shops around the world.
PABLO POP-UP SHOP— DONDA (@DondaCreate) March 18, 2016
83 WOOSTER, NYC. pic.twitter.com/wvxmdMGETv
Cue the 18-hour lines, the shoving and screaming ... and the viral Facebook post.
One particularly angry shop owner from Melbourne, Australia wrote a letter to Kanye that went viral on Facebook. She asked the music icon to float her $6,000 to make up for the revenue she lost over the weekend due to unruly Kanye fans blocking her shop and intimidating her customers.
“Now from one retailer to another our customer bases are quite different so when your customers swear at my little old lady customers who are just trying to come in to buy an album to protect their war time treasures, it’s a bit of a problem,” Charlotte Knightley wrote in a post that has since been deleted.
She acknowledged that the rapper reportedly has quite a bit of debt, but suggested he ask his reality TV star wife Kim Kardashian to spot him the money. No word yet from Kanye.
The internet hates James Harden’s shoe
Fans have been anxiously awaiting the much-hyped release of the NBA star's new signature Adidas shoe. To say they were let down this week after designs of the shoe were leaked online would be an understatement.
People were quick to mock the shoe on Twitter. From where we're sitting, the shoe looks better suited for the cable guy than a world-famous basketball star with a four-year, $118 million contract. Harden may have been trying to give fellow NBA star Steph Curry a run for his money after Curry released the widely-mocked Curry Two "Chef" shoes.
Finally Harden makes a basketball shoe for me, a waiter at Chili's. pic.twitter.com/Etw6Ihl0bQ— Jordan Pryor (@jordodale) August 24, 2016
I guess Harden’s shoes are probably not what Adidas was hoping for when Harden signed a 13-year, $200 million deal with the athletic apparel maker last year. Maybe his signature socks will toe the line?
The Kardashians get thrifty with luxury apparel
Whether your net worth is $10 or $10 million, one way to shed unwanted apparel from your closet is to resell it online.
On Monday, Racked reported that the Kardashian clan has uploaded over 200 used handbags, shoes, tops and bottoms to the popular luxury consignment website The Real Real, which is essentially just a very fancy version of VarageSale. I guess we could all use an extra couple of bucks, Kardashians included.
While the clothes may have touched magical celebrity skin, the sisters don’t get a bigger pay cut than anyone else selling clothing on the website, where sellers get to keep 70% of the sale. But now you too can get Kendall Jenner’s Celine bag (which retails at $2,600) for only $1,495 or a Khloe Kardashian-worn Galvan jumpsuit for only $275.
KFC gives away 'extra crispy' sunscreen
In a summertime marketing scheme, KFC launched one smelly product. On Monday, the fast-food chain announced a limited-time sunscreen that actually smells like fried chicken.
The best part? That’s not even the company's most ridiculous gimmick: Earlier this year, KFC launched “finger-lickin’ good” edible nail polish.