May 17, 2017 | By Samuel Trotman
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In celebration of Lee jeans 125th anniversary, the iconic denim brand invites 4 of its favourite designers to help re-imagine Lee’s most popular fit’s and finishes.
2014 sees iconic denim brand and one of the big 3, Lee, celebrate its 125th anniversary. The year marks a grand landmark for the American brand and drives a series of special projects and exciting events, bound up in one yearlong celebration. One of the biggest events on the program is a special edition product offering where Lee has invited 4 of their favourite labels to help re-imagine Lee’s most popular fits. Included in the line-up includes collections from the Swedish denim king Orjan Andersson, Emma Francois from Sessun, Donwan Harrell creative director of PRPS and Carol & Sarah Prion and Gregory Derkenne of Filles A Papa.
Donwan Harrell, who releases the debut anniversary collection, is known for his innovative yet traditional approach to denim design with his standout collections from his premium denim line. A long time fan and collector of the brand, Donwan accepted the invitation with great honor. Granted full creative control of the project and access to the deep vaults of Lee’s archive, Donwan set about exploring the brands classic styling over the years and subsequently chosing to focus on their most iconic attire. Known for his extreme vintage laundries, Donwan experimented with his interpretation of vintage washes to be the standout feature on the items that include Lee’s iconic Rider Jacket and Cowboy Pant. Take a look inside each of the styles and you will discover illustrated prints inspired by Lee’s vintage banners, while shanks, signature pockets and hangtags also meld Donwan’s signature style and Lee’s rich history. The release date is unconfirmed but denim heads should keep a keen eye out as this is definitely one for the collectors.
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