Tuesday, January 26, 2010

North South face off or Butt Face goes north south

(I couldn't decide which title was better - maybe neither - let me know if you have an opinion on that)

I was first informed about this by my favorite columnist, Mary Schmich (Chicago Tribune).  Then a friend (thanks Lee) emailed me a link about it.  It's too good of story not to share.

Quick summary - young college kid gets this idea brilliant idea of selling clothes with the name South Butt in response to the popular North Face clothing line.  The big bucks behind the North Face company decide to file a trademark infringement suit against him.

My quick opinion - 

North Face management = A Few Clowns Short of Circus

I went over to check out more on this at the South Butt web site.

What timing - tomorrow Wednesday (January 27th) is the first court hearing.  South Butt (actually the founder Jimmy) is asking for support.

So here's a kid with an idea that is getting all types of media coverage and good press because the clowns at North Face just want to crush his little parody thing.  How stupid, they would have been much better off just ignoring it or better yet making a deal with him on selling his goods.  North Face is going to be a sad face.

Their web site has the following disclaimer (love the humor):

We are not in any fashion related to nor do we want to be confused with The North Face Apparel Corp. or its products sold under "The North Face" brand. If you are unable to discern the difference between a face and a butt, we encourage you to buy North Face products.

So while I was checking this out, I spotted this nice hat.


What do you think ??   I'm asking for it for my birthday.

Here's a few more stories on it.
NPR
Riverfront Times(St. Louis)


BTW - you can buy (best type of support) some of this stuff over  here at their site (I'm NOT receiving any commissions or compensation in any form for this promotion).  Also there's a facebook group gathering support for it.

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update
I went searching today for news on this case.  Looks like the judge gave those clowns some wise advice -
go work out your differences.
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11 comments:

Ocean Girl said...

Some stories this thought will come to mind - Only in America.

jeanine said...

hmm, NF should be glad the company isn't named The South Crack!

tattytiara said...

Gotta love the brass behind that disclaimer!

dave hambidge said...

I fear the larger conglomerate will win by legal attrition. Hopefully the savvy public will see through this and support the South Butt's. Pity they don't have anything in my size...

rhondaslife said...

Oh, what a load of crap! People will sue over anything, won't they? I hope Jimmy wins!

debbie_suburbsanity said...

I think that is showing good old youthful ingenuity! North Face is so pricey - they better watch out or those college kids will quit asking their parents to buy it for them:)

unknownmami said...

I mean come on! Who can't tell the difference between a face and a butt? Unless you have your face up your butt.

How are you liking Disqus?

lisleman said...

I like it. Much more interactive. I do have one little bit of advice for those planning to use it. You might get two emails for every comment - one from normal blogger and one from disqus. I went back to the settings and removed the blogger email notice.

lisleman said...

hey do you need a few more lawyer over there? we have plenty here.

beth said...

I love south butt and wear north face all the time and the two together would be perfect....I hope the kid wins !

the farm with the goats....it's near spring green and yes, that was around halloween that I took those photos.

lisleman said...

thanks - just checked and spring green is on the other side of Madison from me. Little farther than a day trip for me.

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