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Lee is following up the release of its 1980s Archives collection with a collaboration inspired by some of the decade’s most poignant artwork.
On Tuesday, the 134-year-old Kontoor Brands-owned denim label announced its latest collaboration with the late Jean-Michel Basquiat, a renowned artist of the 20th century.
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“Lee has always celebrated originality, and in our 100 years, we’ve been part of American culture, especially the ‘80s around NYC,” said Brigid Stevens, global vice president of marketing at Lee. “The Lee x Basquiat collaboration fuses art, style and culture together to deliver pieces that are timeless and also unique–original icons made even more so with these iconic pieces of art.”
Inspired by the “Riding with Death” artist’s style and personality, the Lee denim silhouettes and coordinates act as the canvas to showcase his “neo-expressionist artwork,” from splatter-painted jeans and boldly striped sweaters to crown-adorned denim jackets.
Notable pieces in the men’s collection include a striped relaxed blazer and coordinating pants with Basquiat’s famous crown motif, a dark wash Canadian tuxedo with Basquiat’s sketches placed randomly throughout and a long-sleeve T-shirt that spotlights Basquiat’s piece, “Warrior”, a self-portrait that depicted how he saw himself in the art world, according to Lee.
The women’s collection includes a striped Pez Dispenser cardigan which pulls its color scheme and bold stripes from Basquiat’s piece, “Pez Dispenser,” cuffed printed carpenter jeans and printed dark wash overalls.
“Lee brought such a fresh perspective to Jean-Michel’s iconic artworks,” David Stark, the founder and president of Artestar, an international brand licensing and consulting agency representing the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, said in a press release. “We hope this collection will inspire a new generation of creatives.”
The Lee x Basquiat collection retails for $65-$220 and is available now in stores nationwide and on Lee’s website.