With summer quickly approaching, you’ve likely already rummaged through your collection of yesterday’s sunglasses and began manically bookmarking new options for summer 2016. Poolside hangs with an extra strong mango margarita in-hand call for a fresh set of sunnies, and thankfully, Etnia Barcelona has the answer with an exclusive capsule collection of Basquiat-inspired shades—perfect.
A key player in 1980s New York, Jean-Michele Basquiat threw a wrench in the high-brow art scene, capturing the attention of elitists with his citywide graffiti that tackled charged subjects like race and politics. Before the dawn of the Internet, Basquiat’s approach to making a name for himself was similar to how one makes their work go viral today—shamelessly spread it everywhere possible and drum up some serious mystery.
Uniquely ahead of his time and a rare visionary, Basquiat’s work has been mined by fashion for years since he passed, but few have lifted his imagery with a tactful, tasteful touch quite like Etnia Barcelona. Their capsule collection features four distinct styles, all thoughtfully inspired by three Basquiat pieces. His work is imbued in smart, subtle ways throughout with each pair given the trademark three-point crown that we’ve all grown to associate with the artist.
Etnia Barcelona has also created a fashion film to highlight how Basquiat’s legacy lives on today, starring two key players: “Rawthentic” rapper Oddisee and Brooklyn-based graphic artist Elle. Watch, below: