So has anyone seen this "Trout Bum" line of clothing yet? The clothes are actually pretty cool by Orvis standards. No tweed. No slacks with excessive embroidery. Heck, from a fashion perspecitve, I'd wear them in a heartbeat. There's just one minor problem that I get hung up on.
|Cool look you gotta have, right?|
Now I realize everything at Orvis typically costs a bit more than in/at other retailers. They make really good gear, so sometimes the cost is even justified. Believe me, I'm not opposed to dishing out the cash for quality merchandise that treats the user well. What strikes me as odd in this scenario is the whole "Trout Bum" angle. What's up with that?
When I think of a trout bum, I think of an unshorn ruffian that sleeps in their car or truck, rarely washes their clothes, and subsists on a meager diet of beer, peanut butter, and whiskey for days on end...all in the quest of a fierce tug at the end of their line by a pig brown or dancing 'bow. The introduction in this video put together to pimp the clothes line speaks to this ethos of fish first, everything else second.
This makes me I wonder. Would an authentic "trout bum" - emphasis on the word "bum" - worry about - or even want to spend $49 for a t-shirt or $98 for jeans when that money could go towards a case of Natty Ice, smokes, and Doritos? You tell me. By wearing this stuff are you basically a fishing wigger? Something tells me yes. Yeah, you know what I'm saying...
|Trout Bum on the left is flashing gang signs or something...|
So hey Orvis...do us a favor. Wanna push authentic "Trout Bum" clothing? Need to attract a younger, hipper demographic because all your customers are would rather play BINGO than go fishing? Make the tees $15, heck even $20 and you'll have a winner, I swear. Working in "the industry" I know it is possible to sell a nice t-shirt for less than $50 and still make a profit. But that's just my unsolicited two cents...pennies I should probably be saving to put toward a $29 nylon belt.