Skate brand Babylon LA and Off-White are teaming up for the third time to drop a capsule collection today.
The third tie-up, continuing a partnership that began with their first collaboration in 2016, is comprised of custom work jackets made in the U.S., T-shirts, hoodies, sweats, pins and an umbrella featuring imagery by artist Othelo Gervacio.
According to Babylon LA founders Lee Spielman and Garrett Stevenson, the collection is more conceptual than in the past and they worked with Off-White founder and creative director Virgil Abloh to drew inspiration from the jazz standard “Ill Wind” by Sarah Vaughan.
The trio are releasing the song on a seven-inch flexi disc, along with a cover version by artist Knxwledge that reworks Vaughan’s original. The duo said they see the collaboration as a nod to their punk roots, which included forming the band Trash Talk in 2005. They opened the Babylon LA store in 2015.
In addition to the collection and flexi disc, they’re releasing a 144-page book featuring original works by artists such as Cali Dewitt, Matt McCormick, Kosuke Kawamura and more global artists curated by Spielman, Stevenson and Abloh.
“That’s the fun thing about the book to me,” said Spielman. “There are so many different energies in that book that maybe wouldn’t cross paths unless we put them together. We create this world that’s ours and bring people from different worlds and put them together.”
The collection is available at the brand’s Los Angeles flagship and website.