Iggy Pop Launches a T-Shirt Collection Even Though He Says He Likes to Spend Mornings Naked

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Photo courtesy of Barney's
It seems like anyone with any sort of vocal ability is launching some sort of clothing line lately (hello, Madonna). But Iggy Pop's new designer/clothing collaboration, of course, hits closer to home.

He's teamed up with Barney's and Archive 1887 tees for a line of Iggy-full swag sure to make any die-hard Stooges fans, uh, put their shirts on.

But what made us even more excited was his chat about the line with New York magazine. We can tell he's being heavily influenced by Miami when he talks, as he tells them things like:
"I don't have great taste in clothes, so I don't wear much of them... When I get up in the morning, I stay nude for three or four hours. And if I really feel like getting formal, I'll put on board shorts. I own about a dozen pairs of Quiksilver board shorts. That's my mainstay."
We know board shorts wouldn't fly as formal attire anywhere else, and though he didn't directly mention Miami, we'd like to see it as a subtle nod. We know he loves us.

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Barney's Creative Director Simon Doonan with Iggy Pop at the launch
Iggy showed up to the line's Wednesday launch party in New York wearing a shirt with such a deep V-neck that it almost looked like he wasn't wearing a shirt at all. Yes, there is a bit of irony in showing up looking unclothed to your own clothing event.

The Archive 1887 brand was launched by the Thread Shop and Sony Music, and tends to plaster rare photographs from the Sony Music archives onto everything from crop tops and racer-back tanks to the more obvious classic T-shirt. So far they've already done Sly Stone, Miles Davis, Jefferson Airplane, Epic Records, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, and Thelonious Monk.

But what makes the $58 V-neck tees possibly worth the heavy price tag is the secret key attached on each tag. It can be worn as a necklace, or cooler yet, a code on it can be punched in at Archive 1887's web site to unlock a streaming playlist, musician career bio, and more. 

Barney's Creative Director, Simon Doonan, has known Iggy since the early '80s, and definitely sees the irony in one of music's most well-known shirtless men standing behind shirts. He tells New York Magazine:
"There's a fabulous irony about Iggy being associated with a T-shirt line, because one associates him with no clothes. Or maybe with gold lamé tights."

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