Los Angeles-based women’s streetwear label Bephie has launched a collection of t-shirts featuring sketches by No Sesso designer, Pierre Davis. Illustrations are a celebration of black woman flair and highlight an array of women’s hairstyles on the front of the shirt and popular black women’s names on the back.
Bephie is the brainchild of Beth Gibbs, who co-owns Union Los Angeles with her husband, Chris Gibbs. She launched the label in 2017, but has been involved with streetwear since its nascent days, and worked during her teen years at Supreme and Stüssy’s New York flagship stores.
Reflecting on theeffort, Gibbs recently told Complex, “When Pierre and I decided to do the collaboration, we talked a lot about having an all over print. Whether it’s Raf Simons or even in the art word, they often use models or faces of people. But there’s never black people or black people that you know and can relate to. So we thought it would be really cool if Pierre sketched out black girls.
“And I’m super obsessed with hair; I change my hairstyle at least once every two weeks. Part of that is frustrations of having black hair and trying to figure out how to do it. Another part of it is that we can do that. I can change my hairstyle up. So we were like, how dope would it be to put that on a t-shirt? We also wanted to do a nod to all black women who have black girl names. For most of the black women I know, they shorten their names after they get to a certain age.”
Priced at $70, the t-shirt is offered in three colors and is now available at Union LA.