JW Anderson launches Tom of Finland x JW Anderson Capsule Collection
JW Anderson pays tribute to illustration, sexuality, and his fascination with artisan Touko Valio Laaksonen, a.k.a. Tom of Finland, in a new collaboration between Anderson’s eponymous label JW Anderson and Tom of Finland Foundation, the LA-based custodians of Laaksonen’s estate.
The capsule collection launched at JW Anderson’s London flagship store and brands website. Centering on an image from a lesser-known Tom of Finland series The Saddle Thief – created in 1958, it features depictions of bondage and Western tropes – the pieces consist of a printed felt bag, visor, and a version of the brand’s signature ‘Penis Keyring’ in black leather with metal studs and rivets (“a keyring worthy of a trip to Folsom,” as the brand describes).
“It pleases me greatly seeing gifted creators utilizing Tom’s work, especially in such loving and lively expression,” says Durk Dehner, president of Tom of Finland Foundation, which the collaboration will raise funds to support. “Tom always wanted what he did to be uplifting, and in working with groundbreaking [designer] Jonathan Anderson, the artist’s spirit is joyfully carried on.”
I collect many types of art, but drawings have always been a passion. And as a gay man and a designer, Tom of Finland has always fascinated me. To take his drawings and use them in my designs is a bit of a dream come true.
– Jonathan Anderson, Chiffons Creative JW Anderson