Unsolved Mysteries: “Sleeve Shirt” Napkin by Marcella Foschi


First came the boots pretending to be shoes. Then the shoes-pretending-to-socks. Then the floodgates opened and The Fashion Police found ourselves dealing with dresses-pretending-to-be-cardigans, jumpsuits-pretending-to-be-tuxedos, and all kinds of other fashion impostors.

Now, however, we have to report that this "trend" has been taken to a whole new level: now even humble household goods are getting in on the act, and trying to pass themselves off as items of clothing. In the case of the napkin above – for yes, this is a "napkin", according to the item description – it hasn't quite managed the full transformation yet, and is left with only one sleeve, poor thing.

Now, we're the Fashion Police, not Keeping It Realtor, so this kind of falls outwith our usual remit: who knows, maybe there's a good reason why you'd need your napkin to have a single shirtsleeve? Maybe you'd just WANT it to have one, so you could be all cool and "quirky" and "edgy". We just don't know.

If you do feel a burning need to have a sleeve on your napkins, though, these are £34.03 from Colette – and don't worry, in the privacy of your own home, the Fashion Police don't really care what you happen to be wearing. Even if it's a napkin with a sleeve.


  • June 15, 2009


    Do you think this could be some sort of little visual punning device? Like, some slatterns would use their sleeve to wipe their mouth in the absence of a napkin or tissue (not myself, of course). So, this piece of cloth gives the jokester the option of doing *just that*, whilst still being within the bounds of good taste.
    Oh, my aching sides.

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  • June 15, 2009


    I would so buy it just to creep people out.

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  • June 16, 2009



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  • June 16, 2009


    Why why why why why?
    Some people have too much time on their hands, the designer of these clearly needs to get a real job!

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  • June 23, 2009


    Thats a shirt?

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    • November 12, 2009


      well, it’s not a napkin but a table-cloth! Colette didn’t understand how to use it nor how to take a picture of it! BTW it was just a joke about bad behaviours, it doesn’t pretend to be the greatest design piece. Please check the real version at http://www.privatecircle.it/PRODUCTS/BONTON/bon_ton.html

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