by Stephen Garner
THE EIGHTH x Richard Phillips - 'Engine' print
THE EIGHTH x Richard Phillips – ‘Engine’ print

Luxury men’s underwear brand The Eighth has collaborated with artist Richard Phillips on two limited-edition slim boxer styles, which will be unveiled at a cocktail reception at The Webster during Art Basel Miami on Wednesday, December 3, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The two The Eighth x Richard Phillips styles will be available for purchase in limited quantities exclusively at The Webster’s South Beach location and will retail for $175. Two of Phillips’ works, Weed II and Engine, serve as the basis for prints. The result is the subtle use of faded, deco-like colors and weed fauna on one style, and engine imagery on another. Both prints will be offered in The Eighth’s slim boxer silhouette in silk twill.

“Automotive and hydroponic engineering – like painting – involve the precise use and understating of the best available materials with specific performance targets in mind,” said Phillips. “When I first experienced the work of The Eighth I was impressed by their combination of design, material and quality of imagery. The collaboration, joining my engineering imagery on the form of the The Eighth’s underwear, creates a wearable artwork that both resolves itself visually and technically in the engineering of true comfort and style.”

THE EIGHTH x Jim Torok - 'Some Days' print
The Eighth x Jim Torok – ‘Some Days’ print

The Eighth will also preview a collaboration with artist Jim Torok at The Webster. The artist’s Some Days, which features expressive bolts of blue, was printed on The Eighth’s slim boxer silhouette in sand-washed silk charmeuse and will retail for $175. The Eighth x Jim Torok style will be available at The Webster in December alongside some additional collaborative styles by Torok.

“Collaborating with artists of all walks of life is part of The Eighth’s brand DNA,” said Leesa Wagner, CEO of The Eighth. “When we like someone or something we want to share it with the world in new and unexpected ways. We are thrilled to have partnered with such talented artists as Richard Phillips and Jim Torok and we thank Laure Heriard Dubreuil and The Webster for showcasing these collaborations.”