American brand Hunting World’s collaboration with New York-based contemporary artist Daniel Arsham is hitting stores.
The exclusive six-item capsule collection will be exclusively available at Comme Des Garçons-owned Dover Street Market stores in London, Tokyo, New York and Beijing, as well as at Kith in Los Angeles and New York, starting from May 26. On the same day both doors will also launch the merchandise on their respective online shops.
The capsule was extended to a full-look offering, in time for its retail debut, although a preview was teased at the brand’s fall men’s show in Milan last January.
The collection features a T-shirt, a hoodie, a baseball cap and a coach jacket along with a duffel bag and a carry-all style, both priced at $ 1,980. With a streetwear and easy attitude, the collection’s items are splashed with both the brand’s and the artist’s logos, the latter coming under the AA tag. The apparel pieces will retail at between $140 for the T-shirt and $460 for the hoodie.
“Travel is an integral component in the development of my work. Functionality and resilience are critical in all things that I use and make,” said Arsham about developing a collection matched with the brand’s assets. “We used the most durable quality materials meant to withstand the environment of the studio as well as traveling to exhibitions. It’s not going to make itself.”
Hunting World was founded in New York in 1965 by adventurer Robert M. Lee. While originally providing its clients with lightweight, heavy-duty, multifunctional bags inspired by the founder’s expeditions across Africa, it debuted its first full ready-to-wear collection at a runway show held at Pitti last June, under new head of the creative team Yosuke Aizawa, also founder and designer of the White Mountaineering brand.
Hunting World will present its spring 2019 collection in Milan, during Men’s Fashion Week, on June 18 at 4 p.m. at a still undisclosed location.
After graduating at New York’s Cooper Union University, Arsham made a name for himself with its multidisciplinary approach covering art, architecture and performance. In 2007 along with Alex Mustonen, Arsham established architecture firm Snarkitecture with which he developed the concepts of the Kith stores in New York and Miami, and the Cos banner in Los Angeles, among others.
The contemporary artist’s work has been showcased at international museums and art exhibitions including, for example, the Moma PS1 in New York, Athens’ Biennale, and Carré d’Art de Nîmes, France.