UNIQLO, Japanese global apparel retailer unveils KAWS: SUMMER, a collaboration collection with renowned contemporary artist, KAWS. The 21 items in this adults’ and kids’ UT (UNIQLO T-shirt) range will be available from Monday, June 3 at all UNIQLO stores and at midnight, June 3 on UNIQLO.com.
UT presents authentic pop culture by bringing fashion and art together, reflecting UNIQLO’s LifeWear ethos as a unique vehicle for people to express themselves. This special UT collection presents KAWS’s designs in a curated selection from the artist’s wide range of sculptures and artworks, spanning his acclaimed career and featuring his beloved COMPANION and BFF.
KAWS engages audiences far beyond the museums and galleries in which he regularly exhibits. His prolific body of influential work straddles the worlds of art and design to include paintings, murals, large-scale sculptures, street art, graphic and product design.
Over the last two decades KAWS has built a successful career with work that consistently shows his formal agility as an artist. His work possesses a sophisticated humour and thoughtful interplay with consumer products and collaborations with global brands. He often draws inspiration and appropriates from pop-culture animations to form a unique artistic vocabulary for his works across various mediums. Admired for his larger-than-life sculptures and hard-edge paintings that emphasize line and color, KAWS’s cast of hybrid cartoon and human characters are perhaps the strongest examples of his exploration of humanity.
KAWS has been exhibited at the High Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Yorkshire Sculpture Park in England, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and Yuz Museum in Shanghai. His collaborations with UNIQLO for the UT lines in spring/summer 2016, 2017 and 2018 were international hits.
"I am happy to have this opportunity with UNIQLO to design a collection of t-shirts and tote bags inspired by some of my favourite sculptures that will be made accessible to a global audience,” Brian Donnelly, the influential artist behind KAWS, enthused.
KAWS: SUMMER Collection Overview
Launch date: Monday, June 3, 2019
Pricing: Adults’ UTs $19.90
Kids’ UTs $14.90
Tote bags $19.90
Sizes: Adults’ XS-XXL*, Kids’ UT 110-160cm* and one tote bag size
Colours and patterns: 21 (Adults’:12, Kids’: 6, Tote bags: 4)
Note: Adults’ sizes XXL and Kids’ 160 size is available only from UNIQLO.com