Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Bea Rocks the Flock, Sponsored by Brooks Brothers

Imagine my surprise in passing a Brooks Brothers store this weekend and realizing that this is their logo:

My friend Carina is aptly acting out my disbelief at its striking similarity to this:

!!! If any of you have read Roger Sutton's blog post about branding and are worried about my artistic integrity, fear not: No money has passed between Brooks Brothers and myself. Bea is NOT FOR SALE, do you hear me?

But seriously, Brooks Brothers-- if you're interested, let's talk.


Kristi Valiant said...

Wow, that is crazy! You should throw some guys in BB suits in the background of one of your paintings. :)

Vicki said...

Weird, right?! What does that logo even mean? Is that how much wool it takes to make one of their trench coats, or something?

Kristi Valiant said...

On the Brooks Brothers website, under heritage, they explain the use of their hanging sheep:

In 1950, the Golden Fleece symbol was adopted as the company's trademark. A sheep suspended in a ribbon had long been a symbol of British woolen merchants. Dating from the 15th century, it had been the emblem of the Knights of the Golden Fleece, founded by Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy. In ancient Greek mythology, a magical flying ram, or Golden Fleece, was sought by Jason and the Argonauts.

The Knights of Golden Fleece! Wow. Sounds like a sequel to your picture book.

Vicki said...

Wow! The Knights of the Golden Fleece- I love it! Bea and her friends take some self-defense classes, go back to the big city, but this time to kick some butt-- I can see it already!

Thanks for the history!

Kristi Valiant said...

Oh definitely! After Bea's self-defense lessons, she goes to the big city to seek out animals who need help so that she may be knighted for her glorious deeds and become a member of the Knights of the Golden Fleece. Only the animals she tries to help didn't truly need her "help."