Perez Designs THE Biden Tee

The Biden/Harris campaign has a new line of merch collabs on offer called the ‘Believe in Better’ collection. It features some big-name designers — Thom Browne, Tory Burch, Prabal Gurung — but look who Dazed and GQ single out for the highest praise: Providence designer Joe Perez. Formerly the artistic director at Kanye West’s creative collective DONDA, Perez has since been designing album covers (Nicki Minaj, Beck, Billie Eilish) and streetwear at his eponymous animation and design studio. Perez spoke with Dazed at “Joe Biden’s new merch is extremely vibey”:

“We need leaders who not only understand and respect the gravity of their elected positions but who will be ready to govern on day one,” Perez wrote on his Instagram, declaring that Biden – rather than his former boss – would be getting his vote. “(We need) Leaders who will bring back dignity, honor, and empathy to The White House.”

He’s a good guy. GQ also liked the idea of the faux concert tee:

In any other election year, Perez’s concert tee would have been right on the nose, with the presidential hopeful’s schedule looking not unlike that of The Rolling Stones. In 2020, though, in the midst of a pandemic that has strangled the campaign’s ability to freely travel, the tee reads as a funny reminder of what could have been. Perhaps more notably, it also feels a lot like the final frontier of the freaky Grateful Dead-inspired aesthetic sent into the stratosphere by brands like Online Ceramics, tossed with a dash of circa-2013 streetwear graphics.

Mr. Perez first got our attention a few years ago at a pop-up introduction of his apparel line, Mason, a nod to his misspent youth breaking into the then abandoned Masonic Temple. Most recently it was his cover for Janelle Monáe’s Dirty Computer album cover that caught my attention. (Great album.)

The Joe Perez Tie Dye Concert Tee is union printed, made in the USA, and selling for $50. It really is very cool, and remember, the purchase is a donation to the Biden Victory Fund.

Some of the other pieces are pretty great too: the Victor Glemaud bucket hat, the bandanas by Joseph Altuzarra, and I love the back of Carly Cushnie’s Joe cropped tee.

The Biden/Harris campaign have all the usual types of merch from tote to onesie.  Buy something!

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