Leisure Projects, in collaboration with Tom of Finland Foundation, presents “The Sailor”, a collection of garments inspired by those of the trailblazing Tom of Finland, an iconic artist who for decades helped shape the identity of LGBTQ+ people.
“The Sailor” showcases biker jackets, cargo jeans patched with synthetic leather, tank tops screen-printed with the “Sailor & Biker” pattern, sailor trousers screen-printed with the special “Tom’s Boys” pattern designed by Leisure Projects on the inside, bikini bottoms and boxer shorts to add playfulness, and lastly the brand’s signature T-shirts and sleeveless shirts screen-printed with Tom of Finland’s drawings.
The exhibition also displays a special portrait series that highlights the power of sexual attraction in the realm of Southeast Asian masculinity. The series is provided by Oat Montien, a gay artist who has worked with a number of major domestic and foreign organizations and the first Thai artist to be an artist in residence of Tom of Finland Foundation in 2022.
Ten percent of the sales of The Sailor’s merchandise will be donated to Tom of Finland Foundation to support its operations.
ABOUT LEISURE PROJECTS
Leisure Projects is a menswear label established in 2012 by a Central Saint Martins graduate, Nattapon Kanokvaleewong. The brand’s design philosophy is to produce fun and casual clothing for modern men. The strength of the brand is the unexpected mix of styles, drawing inspirations from many aspects of the designer’s daily encounter including art, music and travel. The use of a variety of fabrics, together with various techniques including printing and embroidery, creates a style with an edge that is young and exciting. The brand has received several award including The Runner Up for Vogue Who’s On next, The Vogue fashion fund, Thailand in 2017 and has been selected to showcase at The Future of Fashion Program at Who’s Next trade show, Paris in 2015