by Christopher Blomquist

Designer Nick Graham is launching several initiatives this year to mark the half-century anniversary of the Apollo moon landing.

His NASA-logoed merchandise, which he debuted at his “Life on Mars” fashion show for fall/winter 2017, will be featured in a special NASA-themed shop-in-shop that will open at Fred Segal in Los Angeles on June 1.

He will also be a major sponsor of the famous mission’s 50th anniversary gala dinner at the Kennedy Space Center on July 16. For the event, Graham has created a limited edition bomber jacket that will be sold to raise funds for the Aldrin Family Foundation, an organization created by Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin to support and educate the next generation of space explorers and entrepreneurs. The jackets come in silver metallic and black and feature an interior lining showing the launch of the Saturn 5 rocket that took the astronauts to space.

Graham will also bestow the first annual Nick Graham Galactic Couture Award to the best-dressed man at the event.

Aldrin – who walked for Graham at the “Life on Mars” show – recently wore the designer’s rocket ship tuxedo to a dinner at the Explorers Club in New York alongside other Apollo mission astronauts.

“2019 is definitely the year of Space and it’s thrilling to be in the center of that universe, so to speak,” said Graham. “To put it in fashion industry terms: ‘Space is the new black.’”

In the featured image, Buzz Aldrin is second from the left dressed in a Nick Graham tuxedo.

Photo credit: Felix Kunze