Late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is being commemorated with an official apparel collection, inspired by the singer’s artwork and personal journal entries and curated by his daughter, Frances Bean Cobain.
The “Kurt Was Here” collection features T-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies adorned with Cobain’s sketches, paintings, and hand-written notes. It features more than 50 pieces in total, available in unisex sizing and styling. The designs were all taken directly from Cobain’s original artwork and have not been edited or re-sized for the garments. Some of the T-shirts are priced as high as $113.
The collection is a partnership between The End of Music, LLC — which is the business arm of Cobain’s estate — and Live Nation Merchandise. It launched on Monday (September 9th) at Barneys, U.K. department store Selfridges, and online at KurtCobainShop.com.
While Nirvana merch and apparel featuring Cobain’s likeness have been a cultural staple since the singer took his own life in April 1994, this is the first clothing collection that features Cobain’s personal archive of artwork. Selected paintings and sketches by Cobain have fetched tens of thousands of dollars at auction.
Nirvana biographer Charles R. Cross told us that Cobain had a complicated relationship with success: “When Kurt became popular and he started hanging out with people in alternative rock, he still felt the same kind of clique that he had felt earlier in life. Nirvana were very successful, Kurt definitely was a mainstream artist, he wanted that punk cred, but I think in some ways he felt like that the requirement that he be unsuccessful sort of doomed his capacity to truly be a punk.”