Have you ever wanted Debbie Harry’s iconic mug emblazoned on a jean jacket? A T-shirt? A sweater? The hood of your T-bird? All of the above? Of course you have, and you’re in luck: The Blondie lead singer has teamed up with Shepard Fairey’s OBEY label to launch a new clothing line, which will debut at a pop-up shop on Melrose this Thursday.
The line combines famed screenprinter Fairey’s art and design work with textiles based on Harry’s photographs of urban “street textures.” Shoppers will be able to snag chain-link pants, knitwear printed with bricks, and of course, numerous items featuring Fairey’s own portraits of the songstress.
Fairey — most famous for his 2008 Barack Obama “Hope” posters — says that Blondie has been one of his favorite bands since childhood, and told i-D that doing a collaboration with someone who has long been a “reference point and style icon” for himself and his brand felt like a “natural fit.”
The Fairey/Harry collaboration will kick off this Thursday with a launch party from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., featuring DJ sets by Fairey and photographer Olivia Jaffe, who also shot the look book for the collection. The full Debbie Harry x OBEY line will be for sale during a week-long takeover of OBEY’s Melrose pop-up shop.
After August 17, the pop-up will continue with other exclusive OBEY items, a zine newsstand where customers can pick up work from local artists and publishers like Studio Number One, Clint Woodside, and Deadbeat Club, and more. Keep your eyes peeled for more special events throughout the month, as well.
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