Backstage at Pigalle Paris Men's Fall 2016

STREET SIGNS: Missoni and Pigalle Paris are fashion’s latest unexpected bedfellows – and their meeting point is basketball.

Pigalle’s founder and designer Stéphane Ashpool and Angela Missoni are working together on a basketball-inspired men’s wear capsule, which will be sold exclusively at Colette in Paris, Dover Street Market in Ginza and the Pigalle stores in Paris and Tokyo. The Missoni Pigalle Collectable Collaboration is slated for release in April.

Missoni has offered fabrics from its archives to update Pigalle’s signature pieces, which include a raglan-sleeved varsity bomber jacket, a fur-stitch robe, fleece track pants, sweatshirts and a jersey T-shirt. The line will also feature a basketball covered in temari, a Japanese knitting technique.

This news falls in line with what is expected to be a trend among luxury houses, who are starting to fully embrace streetwear brands, as evidenced by Louis Vuitton’s extensive collection with Supreme, which will be available in July.

Unlike Louis Vuitton, whose partnerships have typically been relegated to artists such as Stephen Sprouse and Yayoi Kusama, Missoni has worked with a variety of brands and retailers including Converse, Target and Havaianas. And unlike Supreme, Pigalle, which won the 2015 ANDAM Fashion Award in 2015, has operated more closely with the industry, putting on elaborate fashion shows that feature youth from Pigalle, the district in Paris the line is named after.

Ashpool, who started the line in 2008, is known for his vibrant designs with intricate details. He’s previously worked with Nike and earlier this year he opened a new atelier in Paris.

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