Kanye West recently dropped his latest and final collaboration with French fashion brand A.P.C., and unlike the initial Internet-breaking reaction to the first one, this release was decidedly more mellow. That isn't to say it wasn't well-received; people were still lining up outside A.P.C. stores in New York hours before they opened. But this time, A.P.C. was more prepared—allowing select retailers around the globe to carry the collection, and even ensuring there was ample stock on their own website, where select items are still available.
Like the first collection, the second iteration of A.P.C. Kanye also features a polarizing white T-shirt. Last season, West's $120 "Hip-Hop T-shirt" was lampooned by media funnymen like Stephen Colbert. At a modest $90, the austerely-named "Plain T-shirt" actually costs less than its predecessor. But what exactly are consumers paying for? There are definitely more expensive basics out there, like this $215 version from Maison Martin Margiela, to mid-range versions like this $64 tee from John Elliott + Co.
We took the A.P.C. Kanye T-shirt and compared it to three other tees on the market, ranging from competitively-priced to a mere $6. Here's how it stacks up: