NEW YORK — Takashi Murakami has proven his affinity for decorating merch. There was his wildly successful collaboration with former Louis Vuitton creative director Marc Jacobs where the artist covered handbags with cherries and other signature graphics. He also turned his paintbox on limited-edition Vans, Visvim Kiefer Hi-Suede sneakers and Supreme skate decks.
Murakami on Thursday turned up at Uniqlo’s Fifth Avenue flagship on the corner of 53rd Street to promote his latest tie-in, a UT collection of T-shirts featuring his art for Doraemon, a Japanese manga series that first introduced in 1969. Murakami’s artwork, “Anna koto iina dekitara iina,” was created for the Doraemon exhibition at Tokyo’s Mori Arts Center Gallery in Roppongi last November, and incorporated into T-shirts and a plush toy.