Vilebrequin’s newest collaboration featuring multidisciplinary artist Derrick Adams, embodies the optimistic spirit of the American dream.
Adams is Baltimore-born and Brooklyn-based, and his diverse body of work explores how pop culture affects an individual’s self-image through painting, collage, sculpture, performance and more. His art addresses the way in which the media and social structures shape public perception of African American culture while exploring how black experiences intersect with art and consumerism.
This one-of-a-kind, limited-edition print is inspired by Adams’ “Floater” series, which depicts black men, women, and children lounging on whimsical swan, duck, and rainbow-maned unicorn floaties. This artwork radiates joy in a world of ultimate leisure – a fresh depiction of American iconography. Vivid turquoise anchors the print while spectacular pops of citron, magenta, and lime are layered throughout.
“Vilebrequin is honored to partner with Derrick and present this new print of his design,” said Roland Herlory, CEO of Vilebrequin. “His renowned Floater series is a perfect match for Vilebrequin since summertime, fun and leisure are at the core of our brand’s DNA.”
“After designing a unicorn pool float last year, I wanted to pair it with swim trunks featuring my paintings, but set the notion aside,” added Adams. “A few months later I received a remarkably serendipitous email from the most venerable of swimwear brands wishing to collaborate, and the rest, as they say, is history. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.”
To celebrate the launch of this collaboration, Vilebrequin will be donating $20,000 to the Eubie Blake Cultural Arts Center in Adams’ hometown of Baltimore, MD. The Eubie Blake Cultural Center brings artists and audiences from diverse backgrounds together to support, develop, promote, and advocate for cultural and educational programming in the arts.
This limited-edition capsule, which includes a swim trunk for $295 and a tote bag for $95, is now available at vilebrequin.com and select Vilebrequin boutiques.