Hello Kitty: Love It or Hate It?

12/28/2006 at 11:00 AM ET

I’ve come to believe that the world in divided into two: those who adore Hello Kitty, and those who detest her. I am in the former group. In fact, when jewelry designer Tarina Tarantino made a high fashion Hello Kitty “pearl” necklace in 2003, I was first in line to buy one. . . well, make that second because I think Cameron Diaz got hers first. And the love continues — Jennifer Love Hewitt and Vanessa Minillo recently stocked up on Hello Kitty cashmere sweaters from Kitson. Knitted, this cat’s not cheap — Hello Kitty cashmere starts at $198 for a sweater and goes up, but you can get tons of things for under $10 at shop.sanrio.com or check out faux-vintage tees, from $33, on 80spurple.com. Tell us: Do you adore Hello Kitty? Or detest her? — Alison Singh Gee

Photo: Maury Phillips/WireImage; 80spurple.com

FILED UNDER: Paris Hilton , T-Shirts , Trends
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Sandra on

I am 45 years old, with 3 young boys, and I have loved Hello Kitty since “day one”. My boys, in order to connect with me, always point out things that have HK’s picture on it. Whether or not Paris Hilton likes Hello Kitty is immaterial to me. If wearing Hello Kitty makes you feel good, it doesn’t matter how old you are. Still, I admit, it may be “commercialism”; perhaps wearing an old burlap potato sack would be less less of a betrayal to one’s principles.

Abby on

I love Hello Kitty. It is so adorable and cute!!!!

kp on

My name is Kitty so naturally I love Hello Kitty things–it has its own charm and sweetness. And what isn’t commercialization these days anyway—from the food we eat to the shoes on our feet??? At least Sanrio makes items for people of all incomes able to purchase. Lighten up, good Lord its just a t-shirt…..

Tanya on

:D I love hello kitty

Brittany on

hello kitty is the best thing since sliced bread.paris however,is the worst thing since hurricane katrina.i got a billion tihngs hello kitty,even my bedroom is.HELLO KITTY ROCKS!!!!!!!!!

@ngie on

does anybody remember the old hello kitty pencil boxes from the late 80’s early 90’s that had the buttons on it that you’d push and bam! pencil sharpener. bam! eraser holder. bam! pencils. nevermind. they don’t exist nymore.

kat on

hello kitty rocks!! i adore designers like heatherette and tarina tarintino who are making hello kitty for the modern girl!

humidifiers on

Love, love, love Hello Kitty, and I have for the last 25 years (I’m 30).

c on

cute. would buy one of those shirts. ive always loved HK

Susy on


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