Kim Jones racks up another quality partnership with news he’s linking with Shawn Stussy for a capsule that will be included in Dior‘s pre-fall ’20 men’s collection. The effort stands out because Stussy has been largely absent from fashion since 1996 when he stepped away from Stüssy, the brand he founded.
Stussy’s contribution came in the form of several black and white drawings of the Dior logo, which makes use of the loopy, psychedelic-infused font that anchored his label. One of the graphics he provided was produced using a Japanese method to create marble-like patterns.
The Dior collection featuring Stussy’s designs will be be presented in advance of Art Basel in Miami on December 3, 3019. The presentation will take place in a tent within the grounds of the new Rubell Museum, which will open to the public on December 4th.
“For me to work with someone like Shawn is a real honor,” Jones told WWD. “He’s an artist, that’s the thing. If you can work that line like that, and it’s that memorable, it’s like an artist. That’s why I wanted to do it with him: he’s made an iconic image with his hand.”
As to what intrigued him about the project, Stussy explained, “I’ve said ‘no’ to a lot of things, and I was just waiting for the right one, and this just feels really good in that respect. I almost feel like I’m handing the wand off to the young crowd, Kim being the team captain, and he’s a lover of the game, he’s knowledgeable, he’s a student of our culture. I just really get the right feel.”
Jones and Stussy were introduced by Nike‘s Fraser Cooke, who’s the senior director of global influencer marketing. Cooke has overseen projects including Rei Kawakubo, Virgil Abloh and also Jones.