We are honored to announce our collaboration with world-renowned artist Takashi Murakami. Consisting of Men’s tee shirts and a crewneck sweater, the collaboration showcases artwork from Murakami’s “Ensō” series. Ensō, which means circle, is a famous motif found in Zen painting. It symbolizes emptiness, unity, and infinity in Zen Buddhism. Traditionally, the circular motif is traced with a skillful, singular brush stroke. Murakami’s execution of the circular motif is created using spray paint, which is then digitized and silkscreened over his signature artwork of flowers and skulls. The capsule introduces our iconic helmet within the Ensō, mirroring the spray paint technique. The designs were printed in the USA on our custom tee and sweater blanks, made in the USA and Canada, respectively.
To bring the vision to life, we have enlisted the Awesum family to showcase the collaboration items in “The New Family Portrait.” As longtime clients of our brand and connoisseurs of art, their home provided the perfect narrative for the capsule. We created custom toddler and kid-size items just for their children.
In celebration of the release, we will transform the interior of our NYC Flagship store into a Kaikai Kiki-themed garden to compliment the colorful flower pillows. The first 100 customers to purchase a collaborative item will receive a complimentary mini flower plush keychain. We will also have cupcakes and raffle off two prizes: a 60 cm flower pillow and a signed crewneck by Takashi Murakami. Additional Kaikai Kiki merchandise will be available for sale. The collaboration is exclusive to our NYC Flagship and Webstore. The release date is Saturday, March 25th. Doors will open at 12 pm EST. Hit the jump for a closer look. See you next Saturday!