Rhino's online Monkees store doesn't sell them, but can you imagine the popularity of the 8-button shirts if they were offered for sale? Below is an example of one sold in the 1960s, along with its value as listed in Marty Eck's Monkees Collectibles Price Guide book in 1998. Beneath that, Michael Nesmith, who fostered the idea of the 8-button shirt to Monkees wardrobe designer Gene Ashman, recalls the origins of the group's unique clothing trademark in Harold Bronson's book, Hey, Hey, We're The Monkees.
For further reading about Gene Ashman and the 8-button Monkees shirts, check out this 1987 interview with Mr. Ashman.
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