What do you get when you combine three American icons in one collaboration? In the case of New York fashion house Coach, Disney’s Mickey Mouse and the Keith Haring Foundation, the answer is a playful and nostalgic collection to cap what has been a whirlwind 2020.
Launching at Coach’s Wisma Atria and Jewel stores today (Dec 29), the star of the collection is the renowned late American artist’s linear drawings of the Disney character which formed a portion of his body of work.
Playful on the eyes, Keith Haring’s reimagined Mickey Mouse celebrates the beauty of pop art and is testatament to his belief that art should be created for everyone.
Trivia: Haring was smitten by the cartoon of Mickey since he was a boy, having learned to draw it from a Disney how-to-draw book he found in his grandmother’s house and even grew up wanting to be an artist for Disney. He once said that Mickey Mouse is “ultimately a symbol of America more than anything else.”
Coach’s creative director Stuart Vevers tapped on the magic of Haring’s Mickey Mouse drawings and brought them to life through an array of sweatshirts, handbags, small leather goods, shearling jackets and roped in Gen Z-loved tastemakers including the likes of Cole Sprouse, Xiao Wen Ju and Kaia Gerber to front the collaboration.
In a year that’s has seen some truly fun tie-ups with cartoon characters, this collaboration is bound to be a crowd-pleaser. But more importantly, it shows the English-born Vevers’ authentic affinity to American art and culture since he has been at the helm of the brand which has seen him collaborating with the likes of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Gary Baseman – always bringing that buzzy youthful energy each time to the house as it turns 80 in 2021.
Below, a look at some items that have caught our eyes.