Hypebeast 27 – The Kinship Issue | UNDERCOVER and Futura join forces
Hypebeast 27 – The Kinship Issue | For this issue, we wanted to highlight the importance of human relationships in our work, passion and vision. Things simply do not move forward without others helping us and without us helping others.
Our cover story this issue is shared between Jun Takahashi and Futura, longtime good friends—the UNDERCOVER designer still uses the garment bags Futura designed twenty years ago at his exhibitions. Lensed by Mr. iozo, Issue 27’s artwork stretches from cover-to-cover in Futura’s signature handwriting. Within this issue, we have a long conversation with Futura as he reflects on an illustrious career that’s going strong as ever. Jun Takahashi speaks to us on working with Valentino and on what makes ugly, beautiful.
Angelo Baque contributes a series of interviews with close friends and collaborators James Gilchrist from DSMNY, renowned photographer Shaniqwa Jarvis, Chroma’s June Canedo and Ghetto Gastro’s Jon Gray—who also shows up in the magazine with the rest of the Ghetto Gastro crew to give us a behind-the-scenes look at their kitchen-slash-atelier in the Bronx.
Brothers Arthur and Daniel Chmielewski from Haven regale us with stories of the Canadian retailer’s beginnings and where they’re taking the Haven brand today. At Helmut Lang, Mark Thomas and Thomas Cawson share a brave vision for the label. Greg Dacyshyn speaks to us about his cult-status comfortwear label Camp High, and why looking cozy is the ultimate compliment.
Cleon Peterson appears in a candid interview to speak about everything from his childhood spent mostly in the hospital, to his past struggle with addiction and how the current state of the world impacts his work. We have the crew from Illegal Civ, whose frontman Mikey Alfred chats to us about starting the world’s first teen movie studio.
At HYPEBEAST, we often jump to cover the latest collaborations and partnerships yet never quite delve into how or why they came to be; it often comes down to the relationships behind-the-scenes which separate the okay efforts from the good, and the good efforts from the great. So we made this issue about family. About our adopted families, our real families, our work families: about the personal connections which not only have the power to define our loyalties to a place but our work within that place. It is our hope that with The Kinship Issue, we’re able to show that mixing business with friends can, in fact, be good for business—if not better.