The authorities had gone mad. Protests became battles. Activism eventually spawned results. May 2008 marks the 40th anniversary of the Paris student riots of 1968, a movement for sweeping social change. Confrontational yet influential graphics covered the Paris streets while the battle between students and riot police intensified. This activist art and the overall climactic period were key inspirations for LeRoy Jenkins Spring/Summer 2008 collection.
Charismatic jackets, detailed knits, hats, shorts and pants represent the highly climactic time through the use of imagery and color. Designers Ron Upperman and Upendo Taylor created the eclectic color palette during their latest trip to Paris. “As artists, we see LeRoy Jenkins as a form of expression. We design clothing for those who take action and, as we say, grind their own peppers,” said Upperman. Inspired by personal experiences, the original designs from this independent company are constantly revolutionizing the industry.
Joining forces this Spring, LeRoy Jenkins and Royal Elastics continue to evolve their collective efforts with their second footwear collaboration, the LeRoyal 2. This printed canvas and perforated-suede mid drops March 2008 with a limited run of 360 pairs, each embroidered with the individual pair number.