Fashion is the intersection of clothing and art where everyday staples are made to be comfortable and convenient, while employing elevated design and often pushing boundaries. Just as you express yourself through your style, artists often use clothing as a way to do the same. Garments and kicks are treated as canvases and allow you to elevate your look by bringing some art into your wardrobe. While brands like Shepard Fairey’s OBEY are an ongoing extension of the artist’s creative vision, limited-edition collaborations like the Dr. Martens x Jean-Michel Basquiat collection makes sought after artwork more attainable, and wearable. For those looking to keep their look low-key but celebrate their favourite creators’ work, publications are the perfect way to start a collection without breaking the bank.
Basquiat (Dr. Martens)
Jean-Michel Basquiat emerged from New York’s art scene in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, developing an unmistakable style that often paired striking imagery and text. His ascent was unstoppable and cultural influence unmeasurable, only stopped by his tragic death at the age of 27. Now seen as one of the most respected American artists of all time, his estate has partnered with Dr. Martens for a collection of footwear that dawns his quintessential work.
Shepard Fairey (OBEY)
Whether you know it or not, you’ve likely seen several pieces of Shepard Fairey’s work. Best known for his iconic “Hope” poster for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential run, and his “Andre The Giant Has a Posse” campaign which later became the “OBEY Giant,” the American street artist and graphic designer has developed a signature style of bold imagery that he uses to spread messages of hope, protest, and provocation. Fairey’s OBEY brand is a further extension of his art, combining contemporary design with iconic graphics.
Stash (Stance Socks)
NYC graffiti artist Josh Franklin, aka STASH, has spent over 40 years turning just about anything he can into a canvas. His work has transitioned from the walls and train cars of New York to new mediums, including his collaborative socks with Stance. The artist’s signature tagging style appears on the socks for a timeless combination of comfort and style.
General publications w/ Futura, Virgil, Kaws, Krink, Hiroshi
Many of today’s preeminent creatives work across a diverse range of mediums that span both physical and digital platforms. While their creations may be sought after and often unattainable, carefully curated compilations and celebrations of their work allow you to take it all in and enjoy it anytime, anywhere; from the iconic “Companion” figures by KAWS, Virgil's collaborative pieces with Nike and Louis Vuitton, or the timeless abstract graffiti by New York's own Futura and Krink.
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