Last night, the New York’s fashion and art scene came together to celebrate the FELT ZINE X DIESEL PRESENT: Digital Art Night at Brooklyn’s Kinfolk 94. FELT Zine, founded by Mark Sabb in 2011, is rooted in the experimental. The online art platform challenges “digital activism, race, hip hop culture, race, and gender”. Together with Diesel, the pair released a limited edition capsule collection of tee shirts that feature AR graphics when viewed through a phone’s camera.
Diesel, known for collaborating with the subversive, last worked with the cult German kebab shop Mustafa’s Gemüse Kebap, last fall on a capsule collection sold at Berlin’s Bread&Butter Festival. Stefano Rosso, CEO of Diesel North America said of the event, “Diesel has always routed itself in supporting new, local innovative creative communities and FELT Zine is creating amazing breakthrough digital experiences. I personally love what FELT Zine is doing and that this is a meeting of creative minds to produce something unique, fresh and cool.”
DJ sets by MNDSGN and Sadhu Gold, lit up the atmosphere as digital art films played during their respective sets. Duckwrth, whose highly anticipated EP The Falling Man was just released headlined the party while dressed in an open Diesel Blue Flannel shirt, with Black leather white and yellow detailing and caramel python boots. His set featured a special appearance by Kiana Ledé who is featured on his track “Nobody Falls."
The remainder of the shirts not sold at the event will be sold online. Diesel is next releasing a collaboration for Pride in partnership with the OTB Foundation, the Italian brand will be making a donation to The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative (SIGBI)
The immersive audio-visual experience transported the Williamsburg fixture into a futuristic oasis of dreams. The Italo-disco themed bash which reached max capacity had the sentiment “Never been to a 3D Art Party:?? Couldn’t be Me.” projected onto the wall. The Ready Player One fantasy hosted guests, including Cassie, Tish Weinstock Mack Wilds, Emilia Ortiz and Abby Jasmine who were able to interact with AR posters as well as the newly released merch.