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Browns ‘Just a T-Shirt’

Brad Phillips
Brad Phillips


Browns artist T-shirts. London mainstay boutique Browns, established by the formidable Joan Bernstein and husband Sidney in 1970 on South Molton Street, has this season discovered the simple cotton T-shirt as the ideal canvas to displays the work of emerging artists. With ‘Just a T-shirt’, the menswear buying team’s admittedly humbly titled capsule collection of Browns artist T-shirts, the boutique has invited a host of young creatives to collaborate. From his studio in Ontario, Canadian painter and writer Brad Phillips imagined a sombre coloured still life scene, replete with unlit cigarette suspended between Cala Lily and Daisy buds (above). Japanese artist Ken Kagami, who in 2015 burst onto the contemporary art scene following his display at London’s Frieze art fair, adds a tongue-in-cheek rendition of a bandana sporting intergalactic alien to his T-shirt. Oliver Payne‘s work, in turn, promises a journey to the end of the night. Sonia Sombreuil first screen-printed T-shirts in 2009 shortly after graduating with a degree in fine art painting. She then quickly devised an entire artist’s wardrobe, moving on to adding her quick, colourful drawings to jackets and trousers. For Browns, Sombreuil created a bespectacled portrait, available in a choice of colours. Each artist created three designs for Browns and ‘Just a T-shirt’ will further be celebrated with a complete South Molton Street shop window take-over. Continuing it’s affinity to the classic T-shirt, Browns will also launch new specialised brand called Languages.

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Oliver Payne
Stephen Inggs
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