This project exemplified the idea behind collaboration, the coming together of concepts that no one will associate with each under normal setting. Furthermore, this project stood out even among other collaborations because the parties involved - PORTER, which created a niche market among the urban lifestyle market. XLARGE | X-girl, 2 of the first retailers that target solely on the rising influence of street culture. And the enigmatic Yayoi Kusama (), the octogenarian contemporary artist, whose organic, animated, and sometimes erotic works pre-dates Murakami's creations by some 30 years.
The Yayoi Kusama () x PORTER x XLARGE Messenger Bag included all the amenities found on regular PORTER messenger bags, such as supplemental cross strap to ease the pressure of the single strap. In addition, Yayoi Kusama's signature polka-dot pattern adorned the front flap, with her signature embroidered on the upper corner. The Yayoi Kusama () x PORTER x X-girl Tote Bag is built with same durability as the men's, like engraved button made of brass. Unlike the men's, however, Kusama's polka-dot pattern is not on the outside, but on the inside as lining.
Both accessories were commemorative merchandises mark the release of the film Yayoi Kusama: I love, part of Japan's acclaimed " Near Equal" documentary series on artists, which also featured artist Hisashi Tenmyouya's () in the past. Both bags are currently available, in limited quantity, at Sold Out (We Sold Out).
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