Mori Arts Center Gallery

Busy times for the artist best known as KAWS, who's fresh from Human Made and Supreme collabs. Now, the Brooklyn-based creative is off to Tokyo, or at least his personal art collection is. Though KAWS has showed much love to Japan in the past, Mori Arts Center Gallery's forthcoming "KAWS Tokyo First" exhibition is the first large-scale showcase of his work in the nation, a momentous occasion that naturally calls for much celebratory merch.

Comprising over 150 works that span KAWS' entire career, "KAWS Tokyo First" — which borrows its name from KAWS' first Japan show back in 2001 — traces the artist's latest output back to his earliest pieces, exploring the trails that KAWS blazed in the realm between fine and commercial art.

There's even a meta angle that considers the "unique trajectory of art production," MACG says. To further sweeten the pot, KAWS' private art collection will also be on display so as to recreate his Brooklyn studio.

If a KAWS experience occurs in Japan without merch, does it really happen? Of course not, so the artist has rejoined several of his longtime pals to create a selection of commemorative merch that ties in with the affair.

UNIQLO UT, Medicom Toy, and Fire King are all on hand to dish out exclusive KAWS goodies, including Companion tees, matching key holders, and mugs. KAWS even reworked a Peeps-shaped Hiyoko collectible, complete with X-ed out eyes.

Now, the exhibit has revealed some exclusive sacai goods, complementing the duo's recent high-end clothing collaboration. The monochrome T-shirts presented here are a more affordable alternative to the elevated (and expensive) tees from that lineup, utilizing a more cost-effective base and printing process.

Both of the tees are joined by a sacai handbag and three blacked-out accessories manufactured by luggage label PORTER, including a helmet bag, pouch, and wallet all laden with thematic imagery.

Visit "KAWS Tokyo First" website to learn more about the upcoming exhibit, which will open its doors from July 16 — right before the ever-controversial Tokyo Olympics — and ends on October 11. No word on an international merch drop, but given the scale of UNIQLO and KAWS' respective fanbases, don't be surprised if a wider release occurs later this summer.

We Recommend
  • 38 Japanese Clothing Brands Every Highsnobiety Reader Should Know & Where to Buy Them
    • Style
  • The Best Shorts for Under $100
    • Style
  • The Best BE@RBRICK 400% Models to Shop Now
    • Style
  • The Jordan 4 Deserves More Praise & Here Are 10 Reasons Why
    • Sneakers
  • UNIQLO U Has Me Yearning For Summer
    • Style
What To Read Next
  • CdG's Nike Foamposites Return in Marble-ous Glory
    • Sneakers
  • We're Only Wearing Retro Sunglasses This Summer
    • Style
  • When In Doubt, Chuck It
    • Sneakers
    • sponsored
  • 4batz is a st4r
    • Culture
  • Rainbow Rims: Shopping Sunnies by Lens Color
    • Style
  • Jeremy Allen White and The Case For an Expensive White T-Shirt
    • Style
*If you submitted your e-mail address and placed an order, we may use your e-mail address to inform you regularly about similar products without prior explicit consent. You can object to the use of your e-mail address for this purpose at any time without incurring any costs other than the transmission costs according to the basic tariffs. Each newsletter contains an unsubscribe link. Alternatively, you can object to receiving the newsletter at any time by sending an e-mail to info@highsnobiety.com

Web Accessibility Statement

Titel Media GmbH (Highsnobiety), is committed to facilitating and improving the accessibility and usability of its Website, www.highsnobiety.com. Titel Media GmbH strives to ensure that its Website services and content are accessible to persons with disabilities including users of screen reader technology. To accomplish this, Titel Media GmbH tests, remediates and maintains the Website in-line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which also bring the Website into conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Please be aware that our efforts to maintain accessibility and usability are ongoing. While we strive to make the Website as accessible as possible some issues can be encountered by different assistive technology as the range of assistive technology is wide and varied.

Contact Us

If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage on this Website, please contact us at accessibility@highsnobiety.com, +49 (0)30 235 908 500. If you do encounter an accessibility issue, please be sure to specify the web page and nature of the issue in your email and/or phone call, and we will make all reasonable efforts to make that page or the information contained therein accessible for you.