Celebrity clothing lines are a dime a dozen. It seems as if the minute someone gets mildly famous, they're trying to push T-shirts, shoes and jewelry on you. We respect their hustle, though, because ain't nothing wrong with making an honest dime. But as it goes with fashion, some lines take off, some fade into obscurity and others, well, just hang out right under our noses without us knowing.
Even with substantial fanfare and occasionally even success, sometimes celebrities get so busy and famous, you forget they're selling clothes as a side-hustle. So, it might come as a surprise that these next eight celebrities actually have, or once had, clothing lines.
1791 Supply & Co. by Glenn Beck
Who would have thought the right-wing nut and talking head would become a fashion "designer?" Glenn Beck spends his days spewing a conservative agenda on TV and the radio, but supplements his income with 1791 Supply & Co. The brand shills T-shirts with patriotic slogans, polos, fleeces, ties and of course, jeans. If you're the type who likes vintage-style tees with American flag-printed buffaloes, this one's for you.
Christina Aguilera for C&A
In 2011, Christina Aguilera partnered with European retailer C&A for a branded capsule collection of lacy bustiers, leopard print shoes and strapless bodycon dresses. No one was expecting anything groundbreaking or of amazing quality, but the singer's efforts really didn't spark much hype overseas.
Wrkng Title by Wale
Billed as a brand bringing sneaker culture to high fashion (as if no one has ever thought of doing that before), rapper Wale started Wrkng Title in 2013 with a meager selection of knit beanies that has since expanded into snapbacks. This fall, it plans on releasing a premium collection of beanies made with an angora blend the brand claims is "indistinguishable from cashmere."
Abbey Dawn by Avril Lavigne
Because Hot Topic didn't have enough shredded and safety-pinned black and hot pink options for teenage girls, in 2008 Avril Lavinge started Abbey Dawn, a juniors collection bearing the nickname her father gave her when she was younger. The line even showed at New York Fashion Week in 2009, which you might not remember because you tried to block out all the skater tees and boyfriend jeans with suspenders attached. At first, the line was available exclusively at Kohl's, but quickly expanded online. Today, Abbey Dawn's still doing quite well — the brand added more grown-up options, and is sold at JustFab along with a number of different stores in the U.S. and Europe.
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Te Casan by Natalie Portman
Back in 2008, Natalie Portman debuted Te Casan, her vegan shoe label that promised stylish and comfortable cruelty-free footwear. Unfortunately, many people felt the range lacked design and the prices were a little exorbitant for unremarkable, non-leather shoes. Needless to say, the line didn't do very well. By the next year, production on Te Casan shoes had stopped, leaving one less footwear option on the market. Now the actress, like everyone else, has to turn to Stella McCartney if she wants stylish vegan leather shoes.
Pantaloonies by Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter is a quirky lady, so it's not surprising that her foray into fashion design would be a little...unconventional. In 2006, she launched Pantaloonies with swimwear designer Samantha Sage. The range had a grungy, Victorian flair (much like the star's signature style) — you could buy mop caps and bloomers, and it also offered a customized denim service.
Akoo by T.I.
At this point, backing or owning a clothing line is part and parcel with being a rapper. T.I.'s Akoo (short for A King of Oneself) is another emcee-backed streetwear label, marketed for "gentlemen of taste and distinction." The brand's mascot is named "Snobby the Fox," so you know it's extra fancy. But besides the branding, the label is your typical trendy hip-hop range, with preppy and hipstery touches to soften the line's street vibe.
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FuMan Skeeto by Chris Kirkpatrick
Justin Timberlake isn't the only *NSYNC member to delve into fashion. Chris Kirkpatrick's FuMan Skeeto line was as bizarre as its namesake. Offerings included patchwork denim, bedazzled jackets and T-shirts emblazoned with a Chinese-inspired logo. Needless to say, the line was a hot mess, and had only a three-year run from 1999 to 2002.
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