Target Sully’s Image (III)

August 12, 2015

Here’s breaking news on the Target/Sully’s rumpus.

Target’s sleepless PR gal Erika Winkels sent the hardreading staff this update at 12:43 this morning:

Target introduced the Local Pride program to celebrate local communities, including our neighbors in Boston. We have a deep appreciation for design, including respecting the design rights of others. We are in the process of discontinuing this t-shirt and will not carry it in future installments of the program.

 

We’re not sure which t-shirt Target is in the process of discontinuing, but the retail chain should definitely consider dumping its Free Brady knockoff, which got Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker in ice water yesterday (via Boston Daily’s Kyle Clauss).

Baker apologized.

 

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Anyone got a Free Baker t-shirt in the works?

More, we’re sure, to come.

P.S. It appears Target has dumped the Free Brady t-shirt, but kept the Green Monstah ripoff.


Target Sully’s Image (II)

August 11, 2015

As the hardreading staff noted yesterday, the crew at Sully’s ran a full-page ad in the Boston Herald accusing retail giant Target of ripping off the local t-shirt company’s trademark products. The open letter to Target began this way:

We are big fans. Your stores have everything anyone could need, all under one roof, and we were thrilled when we heard you’d opened a store next to Fenway Park. But when you recently launched your “Local Pride” line of GreenMonstah_SullysSnyder_side-by-side_largeBoston themed t-shirts, our fans took note. They told us that our trademark “Green Monstah” t-shirt, which we’ve sold for ten years, was now available at Target, but missing the Sully’s Brand logo. This was one of a dozen other t-shirts, all promoting “Boston Pride”, courtesy of a man named Todd Snyder. “Who?” we all asked. A Google search revealed that “Todd Snyder” is a brand incorporated by a man of the same name in NEW YORK CITY.

Outsourcing Boston Pride to NYC? The home of the Yankees? The Evil Empire?! Say it ain’t so, Target. Say it ain’t so.

 

We contacted the crew at Sully’s and the PR people at Target, and the latter got back to us first.

Hi [Hardreading Staff],

Sorry for the delay. Here’s what I can share.

We have a deep appreciation for design, including respecting the design rights of others. We are looking into this issue.

Best,
Erika [Winkels]

 

Meanwhile, the Boston Globe – which has been playing catch-up with the hardleading staff from the get-go – filed a web piece last night.

Local T-shirt seller takes out ad to criticize Target’s ‘Local Pride’ effort

The Boston-New York sports rivalry is so iconic that it often spills over into the business world — the sports business world, at least.

The owner of a North Shore T-shirt company is hoping to play on that rivalry by calling out Target in a full-page Boston Herald ad on Monday, criticizing the retailer for using a New York designer in its “Local Pride” initiative.

Sully’s Brand prints and sells T-shirts with local themes — sayings such as “Free Brady,” and “Believe in Boston” — and argues that Minneapolis-based Target should be using a local company like Sully’s to source its own Boston-themed wear instead of New York-based designer Todd Snyder. Both Target and Sully’s sell “Green Monstah” shirts.

 

But, so far anyway, only Sully’s claims to hold the Green Monstah trademark.

As for Sully’s crew, no word from them yet, although they did talk to the Herald today.

We’ll keep you posted.


Target Rips Off Boston Locals, “Sully’s” Image

August 10, 2015

Maybe Target should change its “bullseye” logo to “bullshit.” At least that seems to be the sentiment in this full-page ad that Sully’s ran in today’s Boston Herald (and not the Globe).

 

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The text:

 

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Here’s Target’s announcement of its line.

Target and Designer Todd Snyder Celebrate Local Pride With a Series of Exclusive Collections

0010_141217_COLE+HAAN_TODD+SNYDER_035_ext_GCR_45dc1c74-129f-4560-b413-7f6e1b1a4d21-prvHometown pride is the heart and soul of American cities. Our local ball teams, signature must-eats, even our accents can make each of us beam with pride over the place we call home. Now, Target wants to help you celebrate your roots with Local Pride by Todd Snyder, an exciting new collaboration featuring city-specific merch designed to celebrate hometown pride.

An award-winning American menswear designer in New York City and Iowa native, Todd Snyder has experienced both small-town life and big-city living. And if there’s one thing Todd has learned, it’s that each place has its own story to tell.

 

Or steal.

The hardphoning staff has calls in to the crew at Sully’s and the PR people at Target. As always, we’ll keep you posted.


Keith Richards Needs a Brain Transfusion

August 6, 2015

Today’s Boston Globe Names column features this quote o’ the day from Rolling Stone Keith Richards about the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper.

 

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Seriously? That from a man who foisted Their Satanic Majesties Request on an unsuspecting public?

Just to remind you:

 

 

Oy.


Globe and Herald Actually Agree on Something!

August 4, 2015

It’s not often that the stately local broadsheet and the feisty local tabloid find themselves in accord, but today is one such instance.

The Boston dailies have pretty much the same take on last night’s Voters First Forum at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire.

Boston Globe’s Matt Viser:

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[W]ith 14 candidates fighting for time during a two-hour debate, it became at times a rollicking, political version of speed dating, with each candidate trying to cram as many words as possible into their allotted time.

 

Boston Herald’s Kimberly Atkins:

For GOP voters facing a crowd of eager presidential suitors, last night’s Voters First forum in New Hampshire was exactly what they need. A political combination of speed dating and Tinder.

 

Give the edge to Atkins for tossing in Tinder. But nice to see the crosstown rivals think alike on something, eh?


Boston Globe Gives Beverly Scott a T Pass

July 31, 2015

Former MBTA chief Beverly (Not My First Rodeo) Scott has been nominated by President Obama for a spot on the National Transportation Safety Board, which should make every U.S. traveler feel a little less safe today. Scott fled Boston several months ago after the T’s winter meltdown caused the system to grid to a halt.

Big local news, eh? Well, not in the Boston Globe, which has nothing in today’s print edition but did post a web piece this morning.

Ex-MBTA chief Scott nominated for NTSB spot

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Former MBTA chief Beverly Scott could soon join the National Transportation Safety Board, a position that would give her oversight of plane crash investigations and accident prevention in the sprawling US transportation system.

President Obama announced his intent this week to nominate Scott for the five-member panel. Such appointments require Senate confirmation and carry five-year terms. The NTSB’s safety purview also includes pipelines and marine travel.

 

As for Scott’s time at the T, here’s how the stately local broadsheet characterized it:

Scott resigned from the MBTA in February amid a frustrating winter for the agency. Trains were canceled and delayed repeatedly amid a rash of breakdowns and mechanical failures that accompanied a series of extreme snowstorms.

As Scott left, she complained of chronic underfunding of the agency, which she said had made it difficult to maintain the system.

 

That’s it? After all local riders went through?

Yeesh.

Not surprisingly, the Boston Herald more than made up for the Globe’s reticence, giving Scott the expensive two-page spread (with bonus Inexplicable Little Green Number).

 

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The frosty local tabloid also tossed in an editorial for good measure.

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We were prepared to forget all about Beverly Scott and her unfortunate tenure as general manager of the MBTA, but President Obama’s decision to give her a soft landing has changed that.

After a long career in transportation management Scott may well have the qualifications on paper to serve as a member of the National Transportation Safety Board. But she brings with her to the $155,500-a-year post a trainload of baggage.

 

Now that’s the Massachusetts Bev Transportation Authority we know and don’t love.


A Bill Beli-check on Mr. Hoodie Coverage

July 30, 2015

Tell us again how long New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has been stonewalling the press?

Oh, right – all 15 years he’s been here.

Yesterday’s press conference in the wake of the latest Act of Goodell was, of course, no exception.

Page One of the Boston Globe’s Sports section:

 

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The relevant part:

 

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Didn’t mince words? Not to get technical about it, but that’s all Belichick does.

Crosstown at the Boston Herald, Steve Buckley gave a representative sample of Mr. Hoodie’s evasive maneuvers.

Media member: “Do you believe Tom Brady when he says that neither he nor anyone in the Patriots organization did anything wrong?”

Belichick: “We start training camp today. We’ll get ready for the 2015 season starting today.”

Media member: “Is there something flawed about the system here in the organization that you keep ending up in these cheating controversies? Can you explain why?”

Belichick: “It’s already been addressed.”

Media member: “Could you elaborate a little?”

Belichick: “No.”

Media member: “Why not?”

Belichick: “Because it’s already been addressed.”

 

And Herald columnist Karen Guregian gave the Globe a bit of an English lesson.

Robert Kraft’s on-again, off-again war with Roger Goodell and the NFL is back on . . .

There was no mincing words. Kraft believes he got screwed when he put his reputation on the line with Patriots fans by standing down and choosing not to fight the league’s unprecedented punishment of his team.

 

Grammar Fever Grips Hub.

Tell your friends.


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