by John Russel Jones

Lee has launched a new collection in collaboration with The Brooklyn Circus (BKc) that will be available in the United States and Europe. The 133-year-old iconic denim and casual apparel brand has united with the Black-owned prep wear brand through their shared appreciation of craftsmanship and storytelling through style.

Drawing from Lee’s workwear and western heritage, the Lee x BKc collection uses archival Lee silhouettes interpreted by the unique vision of BKc. Inspired by the history of Black cowboys, Ouigi Theodore, the Founder and Creative Director at The Brooklyn Circus, worked closely with the Lee design team to thread the significance of Black cultural influence on the West throughout the collection’s development.

“Power to the people. We aim to tell the story of our community through meaningful partnerships like this one with Lee,” says Theodore. “The Brooklyn Circus finds inspiration in the pages of history, so collaborating with a heritage brand like Lee to highlight the history of the Black working west made perfect sense.”

“Lee can tap into different cultures because we were there in real time. Concepting this collaboration was very exciting as we worked to blend western and workwear with urban sophistication while keeping the integrity of each,” said Lee Global Director of Men’s Design, Sedgwick Cole Jr. “Every detail from the Japanese selvedge denim to the Melton wool fabric and exclusive patterns and pallets twist these two stories together. The final result is a unique collection that makes you say, ‘Wow, this is so new and fresh.’”

The collection includes men’s and women’s pants, tops, Union-Alls, overalls, and jackets including highlights:

●  Cowboy jacket – Taking its cue from the iconic 101 Cowboy Jacket, the Lee x BKc Cowboy Jacket brings classic heritage style elements to the modern city.
●  Unisex Varsity Jacket – A coveted staple of The Brooklyn Circus, this Melton wool and leather varsity jacket incorporates a one-of-a-kind embroidered illustration of a Black cowboy, creating a statement piece for the ages.
●  Cowboy Jeans – Inspired by Lee’s original 1925 Cowboy Jean, Lee x Bkc refreshes the original style using selvedge denim, custom hardware, and modern aesthetics.
● Whizit Bib Overall – The Whizit Overall honors Lee’s heritage as the first apparel brand to use zippers in clothing. Crafted of selvedge denim, it pays homage to the workers who built America. Available in men’s and women’s styles.

Prices range from $110 to $385 retail with the pinnacle Varsity jacket listed at $1,200. The capsule is available on both Lee and BKc’s websites, Lee’s owned stores in Europe and North Carolina, and at The Brooklyn Circus (150 Nevins St, Brooklyn, NY). Additional retailers include American Rag (Los Angeles), City Workshop, Moda (Pittsburgh), End (Uk), Double5 (Italy), Cultizm.com (Germany), Royal Cheese (France), Hepcat (Sweden), and Arborator (The Netherlands). For more information, visit Lee.com.