Friday 20th March

| BY Paul Toner

Prepare to get Trippy with the Dunhill x Kenta Cobayashi Capsule Collection

Reality has never looked so unappealing. The day to day has suddenly become some sort of prolonged lucid dream, and we want out. In times like these, visual arts are vital in providing an escapist route away from today, even if it’s just for a split second. Thankfully, Tokyo-based visual artist Kenta Cobayashi has been crafting alternative worlds not too far away from this one for some time now. He moulds the Japanese capital’s ever-changing landscape with the city’s rapidly evolving art scene to take Tokyo on a technicoloured trip. Cobayashi’s work has been featured in major galleries, such as Somerset House. And now courtesy of a collaboration with Dunhill, you can sport such twisted fantasies throughout your everyday.

Originally shown as part of the brand’s SS20 show, the capsule collection sees Dunhill iconography adapted using Cobayashi’s digital tracing effect. The brand’s creative director Mark Watson pulled four images from the Dunhill archive for the artist to have free reign with. A bomber jacket and poncho sees the brand’s logo twisted and turned into golden swirled smudges. A pair of trousers and a canvas tote are given a similar distortion, this time it’s an image of Dunhill’s Jermyn Street storefront in the 1960s that becomes warped. “The way Kenta’s work utilises distortion really struck a chord with me for this collection,” says Weston. “Kenta was so new to this and yet he was never precious about his approach to artwork and was genuinely excited about experimenting with fashion.” Dunhill’s British classicism gets a firm taste for the future, by way of Tokyo.

The Dunhill x Kenta Cobayashi Capsule Collection is available now.