When Eddie Vedder flew up to Seattle from San Diego to join the band in the fall of 1990, he didn’t have the proper clothes. After all, he was a surfer dude. Why would he have any winter clothes?
Stone Gossard took pity on Eddie and gave him a jacket that he picked up at a thrift store. That jacket is long gone, but Eddie had it long enough that there were a few pictures taken of him wearing it. One of those pictures caught the eye of Perry Ellis, the fashion design house.
In the spring of 1993, Perry Ellis issued a line of designer grunge wear and part of the line was a brown jacket just like the one Stone had given Eddie. The only difference was that the original jacket was worth a couple of bucks; the Perry Ellis version had a retail price of $1500. Is it any wonder that grunge fashion died out so quickly?
If you missed yesterday’s post about Foo Fighters guitarist Pat Smear, go here.