UNDERCOVER and Futura join forces for the latest issue.
For HYPEBEAST Magazine’s 27th 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.