Officially launching on June 22nd, is London-based designer JW Anderson limited-edition capsule collection inspired by Tom of Finland.
This isn't the first time Anderson has launched a limited-edition collaboration featuring a prominent artist, his previous capsules include partnerships with Gilbert & George, Larry Clarke and Ian David Baker, to name a few. The capsule collection will consist of a felt tote bag with leather handles and a printed neoprene visor, both featuring a 1958 drawing from Tom of Finland's "The Saddle Thief" series, as well as a special limited edition JW Anderson penis keychain, available in black calfskin with studs: worthy of a trip to Folsom.
Touko Valio Laaksonen, best known by his pseudonym Tom of Finland, was a Finnish artist known for his stylized highly masculinized homoerotic art, and his influence on late twentieth-century gay culture. He has been called the "most influential creator of gay pornographic images" by cultural historian Joseph W. Slade. Finland's work has challenged homophobic stereotypes by representing hyper-male archetypes (motorcyclists, cops, cowboys, lumberjacks, etc.) as proud fans of gay sex. He is the creator of some of the most iconic and easily recognizable images of postwar gay culture and is considered one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.
In 1984, Tom of Finland and his friend Durk Dehner founded the Tom of Finland Foundation intending to preserve Tom's vast catalogue of works and provide a haven for all erotic art. The Foundation actively works to educate the public to promote healthier and more tolerant attitudes to sexuality. JW Anderson is proud to support the Foundation through this capsule collection.
"I am very pleased to see talented designers using Tom's work, especially in such a loving and lively expression. Tom always wanted what he did to be uplifting and to work in an innovative way. With Jonathan Anderson, the spirit of the artist is carried on with joy," said Durk Dehner, president of the Tom of Finland Foundation, in an official statement.
The capsule will be on sale exclusively at the new Flagship store in Soho, London and on JWAnderson.com.