Virgil Abloh auctions upcycled clothing customised by Damien Hirst
Abloh’s online platform Canary Yellow auctions pieces from ‘Beverly Hirst Recycler’, a clothing collection customised by Damien Hirst and LA-based recycled clothing mastermind Tetsuzo Okubo
Got a soft spot for the skull, spot, butterfly and pill motifs synonymous with Damien Hirst’s artworks? We suggest you get your digital paddle ready for Virgil Abloh’s latest auction on his modern gallery and retail platform Canary Yellow – a selection of biker jackets, shirts and sweaters that have been customised by the artist himself.
‘Beverly Hirst Recycler’, is a collection crafted on both sides of the Atlantic, by Hirst and clothing artist Tetsuzo Okubo, who specialises in customised upcycled garments, ‘Damien made everything in London, then the pieces were sent to LA where I incorporated my signature patches,’ Okubo says of the punky designs, which include paint-splattered and zip-detail items from Hirst’s archive, peppered with smiley-faced spots, skulls and pills with colourful coatings. ‘We kept an open process and of course, I shared my design with him every time before sewing it down.’
‘Damien made everything in London, then the pieces were sent to LA where I incorporated my signature patches,’ Tetsuzo Okubo
Hirst and Okubo see their creations as wearable art pieces to be worn, not to be displayed on a wall. An item from ‘Beverly Hirst Recycler’ will be auctioned every day this week on Canary Yellow. A pixelated camouflage shirt has already sold for $4500. We suggest your set your timer for the next sale. That next smiley face-swathed silhouette could be yours. §