No one does collaborative collections like
But few other team-ups have the far-reaching impact of the
Hence Emory’s dedication to fleshing out his ongoing Denim Tears x Levi’s project, exemplified by the duo’s eight-piece collection releasing in July.
Progeny of enslaved African forced to toil on lower Atlantic plantations, the Gullah Geechee remained under colonialist rule until the 20th century.
In West Africa, they produced rice,
African indigo dye isn’t just unique; the two components are utterly intertwined.
Colonialist slavers exploited the natural resources of the region for over a century, forcibly importing Gullah Geechee-made textiles from areas like the
Those indigo dyes would turn Gullah Geechee hands blue, which Emory has memorialized by imprinting illustrations of the slave’s affected digits across Levi’s signature Type-2 Jacket ($325) and 501 Jeans ($295), plus a matching sun hat ($95).
Here, the juxtaposition between the unsettling legacy of indigo dye in the West and the world’s most famous American denim staples tells the story without needing a single word.
Emory also utilized a quilted cotton for a separate set of Type-2 Jackets ($400), 501 jeans ($350), Western shirts ($290), Plantation Hats ($150), and tote bags ($195), printed and stitched throughout in homage to the crafting legacy of the Gullah Geechee, which has been preserved in part by
With garments of this magnitude, Denim Tears x Levi’s season 2 has shunned a conventional rollout.
It was first made available to the public at a one-day-only pop-up at
Denim Tears gave Highsnobiety an exclusive inside look at both the pop-up and the VIP afterparty that followed, a raucous event that brought friends and family together to celebrate the Denim Tears community.
There are two more chances at the latest Denim Tears x Levi’s collection: Firstly, if you’re in New York, visit the Denim Tears Shopify pop-ups at 131 Greene Street on July 23 and 24 to shop the goods in person, the last IRL opportunity to do so.