This year was filled with streetwear and music collaborations, Starting from tour merchandise to up-for-grabs drops star-studded merchandise collaborations stole the show.
Here are some of our favorites.
1. Online ceramics x John Mayer / Dead & Company-Best Music x Streetwear Collaborations
Online Ceramics brought two Mayer projects this year, with a package of tee shirt designs for Mayer’s 2019 international tour, including “I Got A Big Shirt,” was seen in many an Instagram post. The design integrates Online Ceramics’ animation style with Mayer’s signature shade of purple, creating one of the most unique merchandise designs of the year. The Dead Heads visiting summer tours were treated to another round of tees, long sleeves, and a hoodie, thoughtfully created by the prolific online brand. They rolled out fall tour merchandise this year as well, combining Dead design staples with Online Ceramics’ unique brand signatures, a modern take on a classic fan’s closet staples.
2. Brand Collaborations: Kid Cudi x Cactus Plant Flea Market
Kid Cudi and Kanye West’s collab album, a self-titled 7-track called
kids See Ghosts, saw its own line of merchandise in 2018. . The year 2019 saw Kid Cudi team up with Cactus Plant Flea Market again, on the Enter Galactic hoodie designed for Coachella, where he and Kanye took the stage together during the performance and a line of Rolling Loud merchandise featuring the date and title of the festival along with Cudi’s well-known signature elements from music past.
The singer, Shawn Mendes concertgoers were treated to this collaboration featuring a standout peachy tie-dyed hoodie at the merchandise table this year. Mendes embarked on an international tour, toting along hoodies featuring sketches by Kid-Super, whose nostalgic art featuring a unique signature drawing style adorns vintage style, often vibrant clothing. The collection also features a long sleeve tee, sweatpants, and more with sketches and hand lettering by Kid-Super.
4. Travis Scott x Virgil Abloh– The Hot Music Streetwear Collab of the Year.
They both are giants of their industry with Abloh being one of the most prolific designers in existence and Scott being one of the world’s most popular rappers. It was big news then in all circles, when they dropped a collab “By A Thread” tee, featuring Scott’s likeness wearing yet another high-profile collaboration piece, the Travis Scott x Air Jordan 4
John Mayer had made the list again with his Neighborhood collaboration, a collection of merchandise inspired by racing, with bold graphics and plenty of Mayer’s signature purples. The capsule was released at a pop-up in Tokyo’s Trunk Hotel this past April. The merchandise paid homage to Mayer’s stop in Tokyo, with a “JOHN MAYER WORLD TOUR 2019-TOKYO” text feature, alongside co-branded imagery and logos, including “JM Racing” and “JMHN Team” logos. The collection featured tees, hoodies, and long-sleeves. Mayer and Neighborhood had collaborated in April 2014, almost exactly five years to the date, for a capsule collection of tee shirts.
Post Malone has become a staple Crocs collaborator, with three prior pairs since 2018, including a forest pattern Australia-exclusive, a yellow and barbed-wire pair synonymous with Post’s brand, and of course, his first drop with Crocs, the “Dmitri Clog,” featuring the Posty Co logo and, as with most Crocs releases, specially designed Jibbitz ™ add-on decorations across all collabs. Post Malone’s latest pair with the brand, a departure from the typical design, with a “chunky outsole” and blue and black camo, sold out in less than two hours, rounding out our list of the best, most inventive, and most coveted music and streetwear collabs of 2019.
The intersection of music and fashion is well-known and ever-evolving, with creative minds of different mediums coming together to produce fresh, cutting-edge works and cultural hallmarks each and every year.