Who says Pokemon can't be business casual? Pikachu may not be one to wear a suit, but the franchise can be serious when the need arises. That is why Pokemon is releasing an official dress shirt collection, and it will let professionals wear 'em all.
Recently, the Japanese brand Original Stitch let fans know it was teaming up with The Pokemon Company for the project. The comfy collaboration will produce a collection of button-up shirts inspired by the original 151 Pokemon. So, anime lovers and gamers will be able to show off their favorite pocket monsters on the sly.
Original Stitch wanted to create a collection that let professionals show off their nerdy side without being distracting. The line was designed so all shirts look formal at a glance, but they carry plenty of heart when a closer look is taken.
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From Jigglypuff to Eevee and more, you can find your favorite Pokemon in one of Original Stitch's shirts. The brand has put up an official website for the collaboration along with a nifty Instagram. Right now, the shirts are simply being previewed, but they will go on sale starting in late February. Shirts will be available with cuts for men and women available. Fans will also be able to pick the patterns for their shirt's cuffs, pockets, and collar trim. So, every shirt will be a unique one.
Of course, this kind of care does come with a price. In Japan, Original Stitch will retail each shirt for about $90 plus shipping and tax. At this point, there is no word on how international orders will be handled, but the brand will open a website dedicated to online orders next month when the fashion line goes on sale.
So, will you be picking out one of these shirts for work? Let me know in the comments or hit me up on Twitter @MeganPetersCB to talk all things comics and anime!
If you haven't kept up with the franchise's current anime, Pokemon the Series: Sun and Moon is described as follows, "What starts as a summer vacation in the tropical Alola region turns into the next exciting chapter in Ash Ketchum's quest to become a Pokémon Master! There's plenty for Ash and Pikachu to explore in this sunny new region, with exciting new Pokémon to discover and interesting people to learn from along the way—including the cool Professor Kukui and the fun-loving Samson Oak.
More new faces will help guide Ash's Alolan adventure, in the form of a group of skilled Trainers—Kiawe, Lana, Mallow, and Sophocles—and a mysterious research assistant called Lillie. Frequent foes Team Rocket have also made the trip to Alola, looking to swipe some high-powered new Pokémon. But they have some heavy competition on the villainy front: the ruffians of Team Skull, who delight in causing chaos and may have more sinister intentions..."