2020 marks 40 years since surf brand Stüssy began making surfboards in Orange County, California. To celebrate, the streetwear brand has reworked one of its most iconic pieces, the Varsity Jacket, with contemporary Japanese label COMME des GARÇONS. The revamped black jacket is made with Melton wool and is adorned with chenille patches and embroidery from both brands, including a motif of a surfer guy holding a board that reads ‘CDG’ printed across the back. Other details of the limited edition bomber include a satin lining, snap closures and dual slit pockets in a tonal colourway.
One of streetwear’s most prominent labels, Stüssy’s apparel became a go-to for surfwear in 80s LA and beyond, and its logo has since become synonymous with the international streetwear scene. Although today it generates hype whenever it drops a collection or opens a new store, the brand never forgets its grass-roots heritage, which started with logo-emblazoned caps, T-shirts and shorts, being sold out of Shawn Stüssy’s car in Laguna Beach.
The collaboration comes just weeks after Shawn Stüssy’s partnership with Dior at Art Basel Miami in December. Although he is no longer part of the label itself, the menswear collaborative collection was filled with references to the same surf/skate culture, such as bucket hats, Hawaiian prints and bum-bags.
The limited edition COMME des GARÇONS X Stussy 40th Anniversary Varsity Jacket will be available from Stüssy Chapter stores, Dover Street Market, CDG stores, as well as CDGCDGCDG and Stussy’s website on January 15th at 10am PST.
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