We sheet you not. Adage says, with a straight face, that Microsoft is pushing out a clothing line as part of its new ad campaign.
Microsoft Turns to Crispin and the Rapper Common for New Clothing Line
New branded apparel is meant to suggest Microsoft’s 1980s salad days.
It’s no surprise that Crispin Porter & Bogusky—the agency Microsoft is relying on to make it cool—had a hand in the line of urban geek shirts expected to hit select stores on December 15. Crispin conceived of the collection, the branding and many of the designs, as well as all the marketing materials, an agency representative said…
The Redmond, Wash.-based software giant once again called upon a celebrity spokesperson to help it gain some street cred, this time, in the form of rapper Common. He contributed designs to the collection, reminiscent of the 80s, a time when he and Microsoft both came of age.
The line features retro MS-DOS fonts and a Bill Gates mugshot tee. It launched this week with a bash in New York.
Microsoft calls it "a clothing line that taps the nostalgia of when PCs were just starting to change our lives…" one that’s made to "showcase the DOS days of the software company that now connects over a billion people."
The clothes are the latest extension of Microsoft’s "I’m a PC"consumer marketing blitz from Crispin, a response to rival Apple’s long-running "Mac vs. PC campaign" from TBWA Media Arts Lab.
First thing we did? Check the calendar. Nope, not April 1st.
Second? dibbs on Blue T-shirt of death.