Banksy has opened his first ever homewares store in Croydon, London today. The store is called “GrossDomesticProduct™” and has many wonderful items in the shop window display.
Gross Domestic Product is the homewares brand from Banksy and this is his first and only store. The store has come about as a result of legal action, a greeting cards company are trying to seize legal custody of the name ‘Banksy’ from the artist. Banksy has been advised the best way to prevent this from happening is to sell his own range of branded merchandise. So the store ” Gross Domestic Product” has been born!
“So he here is – we hope to offer something for everyone, prices start from £10 but availability will be limited – all of these products are hand made in the UK using existing or recycled materials from wherever possible. Including the ideas. Thank you for your custom” Gross Domestic Product
Merchandise to purchase includes a ‘diabetes riddled corpse of Tony the Tiger’, the advertising cartoon mascot for Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes (Frosties) breakfast cereal, appearing on its packaging and advertising. Banksy feels the rug will make a great conversation piece, highlighting £7.8 million a year is spent on under 5’s teeth extractions in the UK!
There are some T-shirts to purchase, a balloon tee and of course the shredded version, which Banksy uses as a dig to fast fashion…
Shredded Tee – The same played-out old image, this time attacked with a knife by the artist. On-trend consumers might be aware that Vogue magazine calls ‘fringing’ a hot trend this season. Shame we don’t ship until Christmas.
And many more items that critique major social issues, such as forced human migration, animal welfare, fast fashion, the climate crisis and a state under surveillance…
The Croydon showroom will be displaying all merchandise for two weeks only and unfortunately the store will not open its doors to passerby, all sales will be via the new website only (Opening soon).
Photo Credit GraffitiStreet.com