Keith Haring would have been 54 years old today. Although the legendary ’80s street artist and social activist is no longer with us (he died at 31 on February 16, 1990) there’s no doubt that his iconic graffiti art lives on. His influence hasn’t only touched the street art world; a handful of fashion designers have also worked with the Keith Haring Foundation to salute Haring by turning his signatures symbols like "The Radiant Baby" into wearable art. From Jeremy Scott to Nicholas Kirkwood, here’s a roundup of some of our favorites.
1. Schott x Jeremy Scott "Perfecto" Jacket: Back in 2009, outre designer Jeremy Scott teamed up with motorcycle jacket master Irving Schott to reimagine his classic moto leather by gracing it with one of Haring’s timeless all-over prints. The now sold-out jacket (sorry guys) has been rocked by Rihanna, Lil’ Wayne and Kanye West, among many others.
2. Joyrich x Keith Haring Capsule Collection: For summer 2011, the cult streetwear label and boutique teamed up with the Keith Haring Foundation to release a tote bag, backpack and sunglasses that featured Haring’s eye-catching prints in red, white, blue and yellow. Lil’ Wayne also donned pieces from this collab on stage. See more here.
3. Keith Haring by Patricia Field: This might be one of the most globally-recognized designer/Haring collaborations. In 2010, the iconic Field partnered with the Foundation to produce a crazy-amazing selection of Haring-centric apparel, accessories and jewelry. The coolest part, all pieces are still up for purchase (at practical price points, no less) right this way! We dig the Three-Eyed Face silk scarf, above.
4. Nicholas Kirkwood x Keith Haring Footwear: Like we said back in 2011, this collab was a match made in pop art heaven. The British footwear architect’s inventive shapes complemented Haring’s bold motifs perfectly. See more from this exciting collection here.
Honorable mention: We couldn’t complete this list without applauding Levi’s tribute last year with the limited-edition release of their Haring-ified trucker jacket at LA’s MOCA. The jacket, which features Haring’s all-over print in red, was produced in conjunction with the museum’s massively popular Art In the Streets exhibit.
Photos via Jeremy Scott, Joyrich, Black Frame, Patricia Field.