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Supreme links up with ‘The Godfather of Japanese Erotica’ for new collab

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The label collaborated with legendary artist Toshio Saeki before he passed away in January

The world might be in literal shambles, but Supreme is still turning out new collabs. The latest drop for the streetwear brand is a collection with underground Japanese artist Toshio Saeki – more commonly referred to by his fans as ‘The Godfather of Japanese Erotica’ – which lands this week.

The three-piece capsule collection, created just months before Saeki passed away last January, features a matching work jacket and work pants, and a hooded sweatshirt – each covered in patches demonstrating his signature artistic style. Each square sees Saeki combine Japanese cinema, kamishibai (the handmade picture cards he designed as a child), and ‘Shuga’, a graphic style of Japanese erotic art. 

The artist, who also created the album art for John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s album Somewhere in New York City, told us in 2013: “Leave other people to draw seemingly beautiful flowers that bloom within nice, pleasant-looking scenery. I try instead to capture the vivid flowers that sometimes hide and sometimes grow within a shameless, immoral, and horrifying dream.”

Besides its recent collection with The Smurfs, Supreme’s AW20 accessory line featuring a hypebeast-y Chucky doll and a tube of box logo branded Colgate toothpaste. Earlier this year, the label also dropped a line inspired by 80s club kid Leigh Bowery, and collaborated with legendary Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto on a collection of graphic parkas, jackets, and knitwear. At least there’s plenty for streetwear fanatics to look forward to amid the surely-impending apocalypse.

The Supreme x Toshio Saeki collection is set to release online on November 5, and on November 7 in Japan. Revisit our guide to Saeki here and check out his work in the gallery below.