Issey Miyake x Tokujin Yoshioka, Dior x Parley For The Oceans, And More: Global Collabs Of The Week | Jing Daily
Leading brand collaboration headlines this week, Gucci launched Gucci Vault’s Continuum on March 16, a new initiative that will involve young designers and other creatives in utilizing the brand’s deadstock from previous seasons to make new designs. Starting off the sustainability-focused project is Slam Jam, Alpha Industries, Vans, Collina Strada, Egonlab, Hodakova, Rave Review, Alice Pons, Call of the Void, and DRx Romanelli.
In other news, the Nike and StockX lawsuit continues, with recent court documents showing that a StockX reseller once bought 38 pairs of fake Air Jordan 1s on the platform that were supposedly “StockX authenticated.” Meanwhile, Shawn Mendes curates Tommy Hilfiger’s latest collection, Dior launches another Parley for the Oceans capsule, and Hennessy X.O x Kim Jones is out now.
Hennessy X.O x Kim Jones
Date: March 17
Verdict: Immediately placing Hennessy X.O at the center of the fashion industry, this Kim Jones collection comprising a limited edition carafe, X.O Masterpiece decanter and cognac-colored sneakers offers a lesson in luxury collaboration.
The capsule marks the product design debut for Jones, the artistic director of Dior Men, who used the same method here that he would have used designing clothes at Dior: diving into the brand’s archive. Taking heritage into careful consideration, the bottle resembles the tissue paper that was used to wrap Hennessy cognac back in the late 19th century. The X.O Masterpiece decanter is retailing at $30,288 (208,150 RMB), the sneakers are $695 (4,776 RMB), and the Hennessy X.O limited edition 70cl is $245 (1,685 RMB).
Issey Miyake x Tokujin Yoshioka
Date: April 21
Verdict: Following on from their collaborative “O” watch series in 2011, which was made in celebration of Issey Miyake Watch’s 10th anniversary, Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka returns to the model with the O-Bold watch over a decade later. Since its inception, the “O” has been released in many colors and variations. The latest O-Bold will appear at the Issey Miyake Milan store showcase during Salone del Mobile 2023.
Yoshioka and Issey Miyake’s partnership proves the power of bringing together designers from diverse industries to create hero products. Furthermore, Yoshioka is behind the Issey Miyake flagship store in Tokyo. Back to the O-Bold though, it is a symbol of prestige for the Issey Miyake brand rather than a standout collector’s item — the original “O” watch isn’t even listed on StockX, and there are some selling on eBay for around $170 to $180, which is nearly the same as the original retail price.
Dior x Parley for the Oceans
Date: May 2023
Verdict: Continuing its partnership with Dior, Parley for the Oceans has released a second “Beach” capsule with the luxury house. In the collection, 59 percent of the items are made from ocean plastics, and 37 percent incorporate GOTS-certified organic textiles.
Dior’s signature streetwear-style pieces under Kim Jones are all present, from waterproof shell jackets to seersucker basics and sneakers. Sustainable material innovation drives the beauty of this collab, positioning Dior as a supporter of sustainability and goodwill. Having previously collaborated with artist Kenny Scharf and Adidas, Parley for the Oceans has carved a solid place in the fashion industry since launching in 2015.
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