In the fashion world, the idea of collaboration has been overused and recycled time and time again. But in our eyes, there still exist many exciting opportunities to collaborate and rethink how two parties should join forces. In our Levi’s® x HYPEBEAST Denim Canvas project, we asked two partnering talents – largely unknown to one another and without prior relationships – to come up with reappropriations on some of Levi’s® most iconic pieces such as the Trucker Jacket, the 501® jean, and the Western Shirt. Each pair was given just one day without any prior planning to put together a unique concept and apply it as such on a Levi’s® icon.
United by an interest in military-inspired design and product, Richard Liu of DSPTCH and Alice Saunders of Forestbound made for an interesting pairing. For Richard, his humble line that originally began with camera straps has grown significantly into a wide-range of accessories and bags. Utilizing various modern day military-spec materials, his direction serves as a foil to the style of vintage-inspired Forestbound. Alice of Forestbound’s s initial interest in old military bags eventually grew into a brand, driven to provide a modern use for tested and true military relics. Together both Richard and Alice sought out to create a new and functional addition to the ever classic Trucker Jacket which included a zip-in liner and camo hits on the collar. To cap it all off, a specially designed keychain and camera bag – strengths of both parties — to accompany the project and truly represent the idea of collaboration.
Levi’s® and its #MakeOurMark movement has sought out to explore the relationship between creativity and collaboration this season. In doing so, it has found strong relevance with the Hypebeast x Levi’s® Denim Canvas project through a shared intersection of exploring and defining collaboration. Stay tuned for more Denim Canvas pieces as they release in the coming days.
- Marat Shaya
- Dylan Knight