Axel Arigato x Keith Haring – A collaborative capsule championing love through the work of Keith Haring
A/W21 welcomes an exciting collaboration between Axel Arigato and the Keith Haring Studio. The celebrated pop-artist and LGBTQ+ activist, who used the urban landscape as the canvas for his artwork; Haring’s weird and wonderful characters such as the barking dog and dancing heart are brought to life via this gender-fluid capsule. Venerating Keith’s vision and LGBTQ+ advocacy, the collection has been brought to life through a localised UK campaign that celebrates love and honors Haring’s tradition.
Clean products, with minimal branding, serve as the ideal canvas for Haring’s iconic characters and motifs to be embroidered onto. Unisex, organic cotton tracksuits featuring the dancing heart motif come in three colourways; this particular figure portrayed in the artists drawings symbolises an optimistic belief in humanity and the power of love. This figure also appears on the Clean 90 sneakers, along with Haring’s signature on the heel, in neutral colourways of black, white and beige. The bomber jacket, made of wool and vegan PU leather combines all the icons together with Axel Arigato’s flagship Soho store address.
Keith Haring, among other queer artists at the time in the NYC subculture of Aids, have been a huge inspiration for my work. His work reminds me of how important it is for queer artists to communicate through visual lanaguge. Keith carved the way for people like me and his legacy just his art but everything he stood for.