First coming to prominence after his track “Nightcall” appeared in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive
’s debut album OutRun
saw him reach an even wider fanbase, spreading from his native France to all over the world. To celebrate this occasion, Parisian design collective Surface to Air
worked with the musician on a limited edition varsity jacket.
How did the collaboration come about?
I’ve known the S2A team for years. Surface to Air Studio, more particularly Charlotte Delarue, did my album OutRun‘s artwork and cover. So the idea of a collaboration came up pretty naturally.
Why did you decide to collaborate on a varsity jacket?
I guess it’s because that’s the aesthetics I like. I’m a lot into the ’80s and the varsity jacket is a classic piece I love to wear. My avatar wears one in my album artwork as well.
What materials did you use?
It’s made of leather for the sleeves, wool with a bit of cashmere for the body – but I’m probably not very accurate. Also, the “K” and the “Kavinsky” logo are in full embroidery on the chest and on the back.
What is the idea behind the design?
The idea was to stick to my imagery and to my character – to create a jacket that could symbolize my album OutRun as well as myself
How do you integrate fashion into your live shows and your musical persona?
I don’t really. I mean as I said earlier, I’m a big collector of anything from the ’80s; from Jaws to The Goonies and Back to the Future. I love the aesthetics and the clothing from that time. I collect sneakers, tee shirts, watches. It’s just who I am, I don’t really make any effort to integrate fashion in my persona, I always dress the same way.
What’s it like playing a venue as historic as L’Olympia?
It’s huge. It was an amazing moment to have all this audience and all my friends and family there for me. Probably one of my best live memories.
Can we expect more collaborations from Kavinsky and Surface to Air in the future?
That experience was great so who knows? Yes…
The collaborative jacket will be available at Surface to Air stores, surfacetoair.com and club75.fr beginning April 10, with preorders on surfacetoair.com beginning April 3.