Lexus And Salehe Bembury Announce New Collaborative Apparel Collection

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The capsule collection uses hand-applied dyes on Champion pieces and will be available for purchase on August 16

Dubai, UAE: Driven by a shared dedication to pushing the boundaries of design and creativity, Al-Futtaim Lexus announced today that the luxury automaker Lexus and designer Salehe Bembury have launched a collection showcasing an assortment of collaborative apparel printed on Champion silhouettes.

Lexus’ future-looking mobility innovation and Bembury’s signature nature-inspired design ethos come together for this capsule that challenges the status quo in the automotive space. In celebration of the next generation of Lexus and its commitment to electrification, the collaboration brings together two distinct, yet synergistic, design approaches that come to life on the blank canvas of Champion’s most popular Reverse Weave styles.

“This collaboration was a new type of challenge for me. It is both challenging and rewarding to explore design outside of footwear and allowed me to think outside of my usual realm of design,” said Bembury. 

For this partnership, Bembury approached Lexus’ push towards the electrification of its vehicle lineup through his own lens, while bringing in graphic elements derived from the overall partnership and the Lexus NX vehicle. The 2022 Lexus NX, which was designed and engineered with the future of luxury in mind, served as a point of inspiration. The all-new vehicle ushers in a new era of electrification, intuitive technology, performance and design. 

COLLECTION DETAILS

The Lexus x Salehe Bembury collection includes three unisex items: a hoodie, T-shirt and hat. The designs themselves were created by merging recognizable elements of Bembury’s body of work, such as his logo and signature fingerprint, with graphic elements derived from the Lexus brand and its NX vehicle. As an emblem of a fresh and forward-thinking approach, the collaboration reimagines Lexus’ iconic logo, distilling Lexus’ human-centric design into an apparel collection.

Archway shapes on the front and back were used to tie the design elements together, symbolizing a pathway toward the future. Graphic accents on the back frame the word “electrified” and were based on the Lexus NX’s taillights. 

Lexus and Bembury identified Champion Reverse Weave as the best apparel silhouette for storytelling and took a deliberate approach with details that would amplify the collection’s narrative. For example, incorporation of reflective ink represents the idea of electrification and is used on both the T-shirt and hoodie. The fabric is dyed dark grey through a custom oil wash process, giving a unique look to the Champion apparel. Colors are drawn from the Lexus NX exterior options and the incorporation of a hand-finished, wash tag appliqué in both English and Japanese at the front hem ties together all of the brands working on the project. The focal point of the unstructured baseball cap is Salehe’s fingerprint logo wrapping the brim. In addition, embroidered Salehe, Lexus and Champion logos complete the piece, which is adjustable using a strap and metal buckle. 

“This collaboration merges different design disciplines to create a modern collection rooted in heritage for fans across the three brands,” said Jon Ram, Global President Champion Athleticwear. “As a brand that continuously pushes the boundaries of creativity, Champion is excited to work with Bembury and Lexus to elevate the conversation around design, fashion and technology.”

The unisex apparel pieces are available in sizes S-XL and range in price from $50-$150.  The collection will be available for purchase exclusively at HBX.com on August 16th. 

Saad Abdullah, General Manager, Marketing at Al-Futtaim Lexus, said “Through our inherent customer-centric approach and philosophy of always putting the customer first, Al-Futtaim is committed to continuously diversifying our offering to be able to deliver on our promise of enriching the lives of our customers each and every day, with this collection being testament to this. Design has always been a key pillar of the Lexus brand and we believe that design creates an enriched sense of happiness for all, so we are delighted to see the results of this partnership. We believe this collaboration embodies our increased focus on electrification, as well as the luxurious style Lexus is known for.”

The project is a continued partnership between Lexus and Bembury, who designed a rendering of the LZ-F Electrified concept interior as part of the Virtual Interiors Program in April 2021.  

A subsidiary of the Al-Futtaim Automotive Group, Al-Futtaim Lexus enjoys a strong network of showrooms and service centers across the UAE. Al-Futtaim Automotive is one of five divisions within the Al-Futtaim Group which provides quality products and services that enrich people’s lives and aspirations each and every day. 

About Al-Futtaim – Lexus:

Since its debut in 1989, Lexus has earned a worldwide reputation for high-quality vehicles and exemplary customer service in line with its Japanese ‘omotenashi’ roots – the tradition of anticipatory hospitality. Leader in hybrid technology in the luxury automotive scene, both globally and locally, Lexus offers the largest line-up of Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV), which boast a number of advantages over traditional powertrains, such as high performance, unmatched fuel efficiency, substantial emissions saving, noise reduction and instantaneous acceleration.

In the UAE, Lexus is distributed by the Al-Futtaim Automotive Group and enjoys a strong network of showrooms and service centres across all 7 Emirates.

The Lexus sedan line-up includes IS, ES, ES Hybrid, GS, GS Hybrid, LS and LS Hybrid and the SUV range includes UX, NX, RX and RX Hybrid, GX and LX. While the coupe range features the Lexus RC, LC and LC Hybrid, the F marque, home for Lexus performance vehicles, produces RCF and GSF high-performance cars. 

Al-Futtaim Lexus is also home for INTERSECT BY LEXUS, a luxury space at DIFC where guests can enjoy hand-crafted food and drinks, while connecting with like-minded people and enjoying the premium Lexus lifestyle.

For more details please visit www.lexus.ae; Facebook: LexusAE; Instagram: lexusuae

About Al-Futtaim Automotive:

Al-Futtaim Automotive, one of the main five operating divisions within the UAE-based Al-Futtaim Group of companies, is a conglomerate of motoring-related businesses, franchising some of the world’s most-recognised automotive brands and services.

Operating in 10 countries across the Middle East, Asia and Africa and empowered by around 9,000 associates, the UAE-headquartered Group’s services span across distribution of new and used vehicles, manufacturing, leasing, and aftersales.

Ranging from passenger cars to SUVs, commercial vehicles, industrial and construction equipment as well as motorbikes and quads, Al-Futtaim Automotive Group offers an integrative customer-centric experience for motorists, fleet operators and contractors alike, and strives to become the leader in tailor-made mobility solutions

About Al-Futtaim:

Established in the 1930s as a trading business, Al-Futtaim today is one of the most diversified and progressive, privately held regional businesses headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Structured into five operating divisions; automotive, financial services, real estate, retail and health; employing more than 42,000 employees across more than 20 countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, we partner with over 200 of the world’s most admired and innovative brands. 

Al-Futtaim’s entrepreneurship and relentless customer focus enables the organisation to continue to grow and expand; responding to the changing needs of our customers within the societies in which we operate.

By upholding our values of respect, excellence, collaboration, integrity; Al-Futtaim continues to enrich the lives and aspirations of our customers every day.

ABOUT CHAMPION®:

  Since 1919, Champion Athleticwear has offered a full line of innovative athletic apparel for men and women, including activewear, sweats, tees, sports bras, team uniforms, footwear, and accessories. Champion uses innovative design and state-of-the-art product testing to ensure uncompromised quality and innovative apparel for its consumers. Champion Athleticwear can be purchased at department stores, sporting goods, specialty retailers, and  Champion.com.