The Release Of The Collaboration Collection
Lee released the launch of a new collection with The Brooklyn Circus. The Brooklyn Circus, also known as BKc, is a menswear brand that finds inspiration in the pages of history books. The collaboration collection for women and men is inspired by a new tale of the American West and the black Cowboy.
The Inspiration Of The Collaboration
The Lee x BKc collection uses archival Lee silhouettes with the unique vision of BKc. The collection is inspired by the history of black Cowboys, Ouigi Theodore, the founder and creative director at The Brooklyn Circus, worked closely with the Lee design team to thread the significance of black cultural influence on the West throughout the collection’s development.
“Power to the people. We aim to tell the story of our community through meaningful partnerships like this one with Lee,” says Theodore. “The Brooklyn Circus finds inspiration in the pages of history, so collaborating with a heritage brand like Lee to highlight the history of the Black working west made perfect sense.”
Lee’s Global Director of Men’s Design, Sedgwick Cole Jr. About The Collection
“Lee can tap into different cultures because we were there in real time. Concepting this collaboration was very exciting as we worked to blend western and workwear with urban sophistication while keeping the integrity of each, Every detail from the Japanese selvedge denim to the Melton wool fabric and exclusive patterns and pallets twist these two stories together. The final result is a unique collection that makes you say, ‘Wow, this is so new and fresh.’”
The Highlights Of The Collaboration Collection
The Lee x BKc collection includes men’s and women’s pants, tops, Union-Alls, overalls and jackets including highlights:
- Cowboy jacket – Taking its cue from the iconic 101 Cowboy Jacket, the Lee x BKc Cowboy Jacket brings classic heritage style elements to the modern city.
- Unisex Varsity Jacket – A coveted staple of The Brooklyn Circus, this Melton wool and leather varsity jacket incorporates a one-of-a-kind embroidered illustration of a black cowboy, creating a statement piece for the ages.
- Cowboy Jeans – Inspired by Lee’s original 1925 Cowboy Jean, Lee x Bkc refreshes the original style using selvedge denim, custom hardware, and modern aesthetics.
- Whizit Bib Overall – The Whizit Overall honors Lee’s heritage as the first apparel brand to use zippers in clothing. Crafted of selvedge denim, it pays homage to the workers who built America. Available in men and women’s.
Nicola Mielke, Lee Global Director of Women’s Design About The Collab
“It was an honor to collaborate on women’s apparel with The Brooklyn Circus. We took historically masculine designs, like the WhizIt Overall, and mixed in feminine details to create pieces that align with the collection’s overall vision. Merging the past with the modern or the unexpected is what makes design interesting, which is what this capsule achieves.”
The Availability Of The Collection
The Lee x BKc collection is available on Lee and BKc’s websites, Lee’s owned stores in Europe and North Carolina, and at The Brooklyn Circus (150 Nevins St, Brooklyn, NY). Next to that, additional retailers will sell the collection as well, such as American Rag (Los Angeles), City Workshop, Moda (Pittsburgh), End (Uk), Double5 (Italy), Cultizm.com (Germany), Royal Cheese (France), Hepcat (Sweden), and Arborator (The Netherlands).