Alexander Wang, Sophie Theallet, and Billy Reid Design T-Shirts Inspired by Starbucks

SEATTLE, September 19, 2011 - Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ: SBUX)

What: This year, Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) celebrates 40 years of coffee, culture and the continued evolution into a global iconic brand. To mark this occasion, Starbucks invited Alexander Wang, Sophie Theallet, and Billy Reid, the recipients of the past three annual CFDA/VOGUE FASHION FUND awards, to design a line of exclusive T-shirts inspired by the brand.

The limited edition designer T-shirts ($85), made in the USA, will be available for purchase on StarbucksStore.com and at select Nordstrom locations beginning Sept. 19, while supplies last.

As a frequent collaborator with the design and artist community, Starbucks is proud to be a supporter of the CFDA/VOGUE FASHION FUND (CVFF). CVFF gives annual grants that provide resources to support and encourage the goals of emerging designers.

When: Beginning Sept. 19, 2011, while supplies last.

Where: StarbucksStore.com and at select Nordstrom locations

Assets: Photography provided by Nordstrom. Go to www.starbucks.com/fashion to download.

About Starbucks

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting the highest quality arabica coffee in the world. Today, with stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup.

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