Wales Bonner and Kerry James Marshall join forces to combat anti-Black racism and mass incarceration with a new capsule collection.
The collaborative effort between the British fashion label and the influential American artist includes two t-shirts with artwork by Marshall. One includes an exclusively crafted design that Marshall describes as "an iconic emblem that requires no translation," while the other features a reproduction of the artist's 1993 painting Lost Boys: AKA Black Johnny. The power of these works by Marshall is their tribute to Black lives lost in America.
"It is a profound honor to collaborate with Kerry James Marshall on this capsule collection - an artist whose practice was foremost in my mind when I first conceived of Wales Bonner in 2014," said Grace Wales Bonner. "The brand was established as a means to bring an Afro-Atlantic spirit to European notions of luxury. My inspiration grew from an observation that the problems Kerry had identified with the western art historical canon were also abundant in the world of fashion. His artistic achievements opened my eyes to the real power and liberating possibilities of image-making."
The proceeds of the collection are set to benefit the Mississippi-based organization Study and Struggle, which works to combat incarceration and criminalization through mutual aid, community building and more.
Check out the collection in the gallery above. The Wales Bonner x Kerry James Marshall capsule is available now online at Wales Bonner.
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