The Billionaire Boys Club

by Ed Lau on April 14, 2007

The other day when John Chow and I went to Feenie’s, I happened to be wearing one of my new shirts. For those of you who don’t know, Billionaire Boys Club is the clothing line from Pharrell Williams, better known as half of the production duo, the Neptunes, or as a third of the rock/hip-hop group N.E.R.D. It has some ties to the Japanese streetwear brand, A Bathing Ape and while many of their clothes are ridiculous and vulgar creations covered in waffles (no, I’m not kidding…Google BBC with waffles and see what you come up with.), this particular shirt was just understated enough to be cool.

Of course, since John is ancient and befuddled by any kind of modern pop culture so he actually thought that I was wearing a shirt made by a strange illuminatic shadow society from the ’80s. Now being the curious bastard that I am, I just had to look up whatever the heck he was on about and it actually is quite interesting. Apparently the actual Billionaire Boys Club was a…well, club started back in 1983, which is coincidently the year I was born, by the sons of rich people. For some reason, some guy named Joseph Gamsky convinced people to pay him and his friends to have a good time. No, I’m not kidding…they actually lived a ridiculously crazy lifestyle off the money that was invested in their group, enough to be made into NBC miniseries. Geez…I wish I had crazy mind control tricks like that.

Of course, this wouldn’t last long so when they ran low on funds, they turned to contract killing! Seriously, they went became hitmen so they could buy themselves some more diamond studded lap dancers and gold plated cheese. Now normally this would actually be kind of cool. I mean, a secret society that does contract hits. I’m imagining a sort of Gordon Gecko from Wall Street with a sniper rifle. However, they pretty much screwed it up because they were too flashy and obvious. You can’t be a hitman and throw money around, drawing attention to yourself. Look at Agent 47…that dude is probably rich as hell but he always seems to wear the same suit, albeit a very well tailored suit.

I’m not sure if Pharrell knows exactly what he’s associated himself with or…if these original BBC guys know what their secret society is now associated with. I mean, Pharrell Williams is supposed to be a purveyor of cool but I suspect if the Billionaire Boys Club saw what Pharrell was wearing on this particular day, they’d actually want to shoot him in the face. Who the hell wears man-Uggs?! Heck, he looks so ridiculous here…I might front them the money.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Thor Schrock April 14, 2007 at 2:25 pm

Oh my god that outfit is ridiculous. do rappers in Europe really wear stuff like that?


Kelly Cho April 15, 2007 at 12:00 am

Secret societies are so intriguing!


msdanielle April 16, 2007 at 5:59 pm

wow he belongs on a joan rivers’ worst dressed list somewhere


Ed Lau April 16, 2007 at 8:00 pm

He doesn’t usually look that stupid. His wardrobe is usually pretty awesome so I don’t know what possessed him to dress like a color-blind Eskimo on that particular day…even if it is cold in Copenhagen.


prince November 18, 2008 at 9:07 am

you should stop fucking hateing get with fucking program or get lost, i have a fucking pair myself my son p is gig …so stop fucking hateing


Ed Lau November 18, 2008 at 4:38 pm


I have no idea what you just said. You wear man-Uggs?


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