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September 27, 2016

Pater Sato

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Pater Sato (real name – Yoshinori Sato) was a Japanese artist and illustrator specializing in airbrush technique in the 1970’s and 80’s. This style was very popular at the time, especially in Japanese commercial art. His elegant style and the pure sexiness of his images really sets him apart from his contemporaries. From the very first time I saw these images, I was hooked.

This particular series – SatoMasochism (1980) is absolutely some of his best work. I have no idea where this was actually published (my guess would be Penthouse?). Absolutely love the illustrations juxtapozed with bits of saucy literature!

 

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March 1, 2016

The Grace Jones spell

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Last September I got a chance to see Grace Jones in LA at The Hollywood Bowl. The show and her on stage presence was easily one of the really great performances I have ever witnessed. Well in her 60’s at this point, Grace Jones was as dynamic and mind blowing as ever. Wearing nothing more then bikini bottoms, some incredible head pieces and white body paint, she was a true force of nature. No need for giant video backdrops or armies of dancers. It was just about as captivating a performance as I have ever seen.

 

About a week after, I started to sketch ideas that were very much inspired by Grace’s “body paint outfit”. These water colour sketches eventually made their way into some new graphics for our leggings. This new mini collection release features three designs in the spirit of the one and only – Grace Jones.

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FREEHAND MYSTIC 

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SYMBOLISM

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FUTURIST PATTERN

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All clothing: Some Product

Photos: Some Product

Model: Lois

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October 12, 2015

PEACE OUT – Aubrey Beardsley

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One of our all time favourite leggings releases is called “Dark Sixties” featuring the artwork of the one and only – Aubrey Beardsley. The title refers more to the feel of the design which reminded us of the more dark and mysterious aspects of the “hippie” generation.

Aubrey Beardsley was a Victorian era English illustrator and along with Oscar Wilde, a leading figure in the aesthetic movement.  He produced a massive body of some of the most elegant and unique artwork ever during his brief lifetime. He was only 25 years old when he died, which makes his accomplishments that much more mind blowing.

His craftsmanship and style were an obvious influence on 60’s counter culture pop and poster art. We wanted to release a legging that somehow paid tribute to that lineage. This Beardsley image perfectly encapsulates a certain late 60’s vibe of sexuality, drugs and a certain darkness seeping into the mainstream consciousness.

Images below are a selection of of Aubrey Beardsley’s work, followed by a couple of examples of psychedelic poster art from the late 60’s that clearly bear his influence.

The process of creating and designing these leggings, was fairly involved and required us to actually re create by hand, additional panels of line artwork that had to perfectly match the Aubrey Beardsley look and feel. Harder then in looks. We wanted the image to flow from one leg onto the other as a fluid drawing would.

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January 15, 2014

The Genius Art of Cornelis Makkink

Cornelis Makkink is somewhat of a mysterious and almost mythical figure of the 60’s and 70’s art scene. His beautiful and stylized paintings that appeared in A Clockwork Orange have been seen by millions and his art has inspired me as long as I can remember.

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