Debuted during Art Basel Miami Beach last week, Hood By Air launches a capsule collection in collaboration with Pieter Hugo.
The documentary photographer traveled to Jamaica in early 2016 to shoot a series of provocative portraits featuring male porn stars and Gully Queens wearing select pieces from the brand’s archive. A community of gay and transgender youth living in Kingston, Jamaica, the Gully Queens have been violently forced from their homes and left with no other recourse but to seek refuge in a storm drain, or “gully,” beneath the city. Yet, despite such dire circumstances, this underground world is a sanctuary where individuals unwilling to compromise their identity can go to find shelter, the embrace of commonality, and the freedom to live differently.
Originally published last July in “PH & HBA,” a collaborative book by Hugo and the brand—including an in-depth conversation between HBA collaborator Carlos Nazario and the photographer—the imagery elucidates the difficulties of representing marginalized yet highly transformative and resilient group of people.
The Pieter Hugo x Hood By Air capsule includes seven long sleeve raglans featuring screenprints of the photographer’s unique imagery.