Fresh off a cozy Fall/Winter 2022 collection reveal, NEIGHBORHOOD catches a ride and a vibe with the famed motorcycle brand Harley-Davidson.
It’s no secret that NEIGHBORHOOD founder Shinsuke Takizawa has a thing for motorcycles and its historic outlaw gangs, having built his brand around the rebellious subculture. The brand’s signature graphics even draw cues from the Japanese
I say all this to say: A collaboration with the iconic motorcycle company — that’s Harley-Davidson — is right up NEIGHBORHOOD’s alley.
The skeletal jacket is undoubtedly the star of the NEIGHBORHOOD x Harley-Davidson show, playing on NEIGHBORHOOD’s signature bones concept — another theme that speaks to Takizawa’s fascination with biker culture.
The outerwear piece is nearly reminiscent of the brand’s
The skeleton design also shows up on a long sleeve tee complete with co-branding on the back, which is arranged to mimic the style of racing uniforms.
Now, I’m nowhere near a motorcycle girl. But I am a longtime admirer of Harley-Davidson’s gear, specifically its vintage lightning tees.
So, I was pretty pleased to see the famed design resurfaced as a short sleeve tee in the NEIGHBORHOOD x Harley-Davidson collection.
Some other t-shirts, hoodies, baseball caps, and a coffee mug also join the mix, rounding off the collection with “NBHD Squad” texts, oversized versions of Harley-Davidson’s famed #1 motif, and, of course, more skulls.
In February, Harley-Davidson tapped former Yeezy designer Louise Goldin as its creative director and Nike alum Erica Bullard as its apparel and licensing head.
While the brand’s vintage gear has always had a way with fashion enthusiasts, it’ll be interesting to see what other collections and collaborations come from the motorcycle brand, given its in-the-know leads.