Lee Dips Signature Silhouettes in Basquiat's Artwork

Stamping the artist’s “Warrior” and “Pez Dispenser” on classic denim styles and knitwear pieces.

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Denim imprint Lee has looked to the legacy of Jean-Michel Basquiat to reimagine a slew of its signature denim styles. Lee taps into the artist’s mastery of vibrant graphics to add bursts of intentional cultural, colorful flair to jackets, jeans and knitwear.

Lee stamps Basquiat’s “Warrior” and “Pez Dispenser” pieces on the backside of a bevy of apparel, including denim jackets and shirts, longsleeve tees and printed cardigans.

Inspired by the tailored (and typically paint-splattered) suits that Basquiat publicly painted in is the Men’s Striped Blazer and Pant set. The pinstriped blazer sees the artist’s crown tag stamped subtly on the back, with the wide-legged trousers complete with the motif running down the side

Elsewhere, Lee’s timeless Denim Rider Jacket is reimagined with lining influenced by Basquiat’s “Phooey” painting – the work also brought to life in the Men’s Printed Sweater. A handful of co-branded graphic tees and crown-embroidered jeans round out the range.

“Lee has always celebrated originality, and in our 100 years we’ve been part of American culture, especially the ‘80s around NYC,” said Lee’s marketing VP Brigid Stevens. “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.”

Take a closer look at the full foray in the lookbook above, and cop a piece from the Lee x Basquiat capsule now at Lee’s webstore and brick-and-mortar locations.

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