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The Standard Hotels Limited Edition Shirts- 12.08.08

balmain.jpg Finally! An artist’s twist on the usual city tourist t-shirt ~ a much classier more exciting gift for those who didn’t get to go… Starting today, 3 limited edition t-shirts will be available at The Standard Hotels in LA, NYC, and Miami… Andre Balazs has commissioned three contemporary legends, Natas Kaupas, Eric Haze, and Jose Parla to design these t-shirts for their respective cities, and only 1500 of each design have been produced! When first described to me, i wasn’t sure what to make of it, but upon seeing images, it is gorgeous black and white typography bringing out the feeling and culture of the cities ~ and especially when seen together you can really feel how different the vibe is of each… not surprising my favorite is really the LA one, NYC next… and for designs which are so blatantly screaming out the name of a city, they feel more like artwork than branding. Also adorable? The red pouches sporting the artists signatures that the t-shirts come in!

So check out the shirts and more about the artists and this collaboration on the next page!

Where to get them? A limited number will be available at each hotel’s store starting today… the rest are available (for men and women!) on the Standard Online Store

Here are the shirts with some artist info they’ve passed on to us:

LOS ANGELES: Natas Kaupas - accomplished artist and skateboarding legend - He is often referred to as one of the first true professional street skateboarders during the “Dogtown Era”… In early 1990’s, Natas began to do art direction and graphic design for such companies as Santa Monica Airlines, Element, Vita, Etnies and his own board company, Designarium - and later became global creative director at Quicksilver…

NEW YORK CITY: Eric Haze - legendary graffiti artist and graphic designer from New York City and is known as one of the earliest designers of streetwear clothing… Eric has collaborated with a number of brands such as Porsche, Sony, Stussy, Mountain Dew, Nike, G-Shock, New Balance… Some of his works include the now iconic early hip-hop logos for Public Enemy, EPMD, and MTV as well as album covers for the Beastie Boys and Tommy Boy Records. His handwritten text for the cover of the Beastie Boys “Check Your Head” album is probably one of the most imitated handwriting styles to this day.

MIAMI: Jose Parla - a contemporary artists with graffiti roots whose work looks like kaleidoscope of layered colors and textures. It’s totally incredible to watch him at work… his first solo exhibition in NYC just opened at Cristina Grajales (from Nov 8 to Dec 20)… He has had many exhibitions around the world in USA, UK, Australia, Dubai, Japan etc. etc. - including ones at Christies during art basel and with Takashi Murakami in Tokyo.

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