Rob Pruitt x J Brand Collaboration
Being a graphic designer, I completely appreciate gradients. I remember spending countless hours constructing vector art with vibrant shading and ombré tones…it’s no different for me in fashion (remember this outfit from not long ago?), and I have a pair of jeans or two with pretty ombré tones as well. It’s not very often that I see denim brands release ombré prints, so I was excited to recently stumble across this awesome collaboration between the well-known and loved denim brand J Brand and often-controversial pop artist Rob Pruitt. Pruitt is well known for his beautiful ombré canvases (seen below), and is now applying his art to a special line of jeans exclusive to Barney’s New York. The line includes printed jeans as well as special hand-painted items.
Vogue.com Market Editor Kelly Connor recently got the spray paint treatment when Rob Pruitt visited their offices recently, test driving the collaboraton for the publication’s millions of readers. New York Observer had an exclusive interview with the artist, revealing that this is a tame deviation from Pruitt’s normal work. “I leave myself open to being approached to doing these kinds of collaborations. I love what I do in the studio but sometimes I love to do a project that I know my mom and sister will really like.” Denim blog Jean Stories also has a great interview and coverage of this collaboration after meeting up with Pruitt in his Gowanus, Brooklyn studio. Barney’s themselves stopped by his studio to check in on the action behind these unique and eye-catching jeans (video at bottom). This collaboration is obviously getting a whole lot of coverage, and I can see why! According to the New York Observer, Pruitt is no stranger to fashion collaborations, first working with Jimmy Choo a few years back.
Jeans are a real map of the way we live our lives wearing them,” – Rob Pruitt (source)
My favorite colors are always cool, blue tones…and combined with black and green tones, I think of the deep blue and tropical sides of the ocean. I’d have to say these are my favorites out of the collection! Although, I love the way red and purple mix together. Decisions, decisions…
What do you think of this collaboration? What are your favorite pieces? I’m in love!
Check out the entire collection at Barney’s New York right here, or read up about Rob Pruitt’s other work right here.