Pete Doherty Wants to Sell You Rusty Mustard Tins and Poems in a Bottle, Not Ready-to-Wear, at His New Shop, “Rag & Bone”
Rocker and former Kate Moss flame Pete Doherty—whom The Guardian describes as looking like a “damp, overworked cherub”—has opened a shop in Camden Market, where he’ll sell the bric-a-brac collected over the course of a rock ’n’ roll life. Its name: Doherty Martin & Co.: Rag & Bone Collection.
Borderline copyright infringement? Probably not. More likely that Doherty and the design duo of David Neville and Marcus Wainwright are both drawing on the British idiom—a rag-and-bone man is a junk collector. (The great Irish poet Yeats, too, once wrote of “the foul rag and bone shop of the heart.”) In any case, even though Rag & Bone moved their men’s show to London last season, it’s doubtful that Doherty’s venture poses much of a threat to their brand. And in Doherty’s defense, his is the likelier shop if you’re looking for a rag and/or a bone: Its stock comprises rusty mustard tins, old magazine clippings, and Doherty-penned poems in a bottle. David Neville and Marcus Wainwright had no comment on the quasi coincidence.