U.K. musician and artist GAIKA has revealed his move into clothing, with Armour In Heaven. The concept — a collaboration with MA Menikmati — is themed around a dystopian future, with pieces produced as a uniform for a biker gang existing after the breakdown of civilisation as we know it.
The new Armour In Heaven collection consists of a range of experimental prints and materials, including a latex shawl, a printed lightweight flight suit and a tracksuit in a “petrol camouflage” color palette. To mark the launch of the collection, we asked GAIKA to explain this new direction:
This collection came about from many philosophical conversations. Luke (MA Menikmati) and I were living in the same house at the time and we got similar taste.
I wanted to work with clothing because I tend to think in terms of completely expressed worlds rather than one medium or another, so the music then the place then the people in the place etc, It’s one aesthetic. I wear a lot of this on stage.
The whole thing in some ways because I wanted decent bits to wear at shows
I’m not much of a capitalist so making clothes that are ‘merchandise’ seems weird to me.
We want clothes to be clothes. We want them to be exciting, functional, beautiful not ham-fisted expressions of allegiance or a way for us to get more quick cash.
For me its art before commerce 100%
Everything I do I want it to be excellent
Man’s competitive like that.
Take a look through the lookbook above, and head over to the Armour In Heaven web store for more information on the project from GAIKA and MA Menikmati. In related news, Places+Faces has released its new lookbook.