Nicola Formichetti (pictured) considers himself a Tom of Finland collector. He owns a gigantic Tom of Finland portrait rug that hangs ever so gracefully over his living room, along with several of the artist’s books, clothing and even kitschy coffee mugs. When Formichetti visited the Tom of Finland Foundation House in Echo Park just last year, he “wanted to bring together the world of Nicopanda and Tom of Finland,” seeing it as that both brands function within strict stylistics choices: Nicopanda finds success in the manipulated geometry of fashion and graphic design, where Tom of Finland’s characters have always supported each other’s beefy-builds with classic representational forms.
Featuring sexy phrases like “Come to Daddy” and “City boy,” the collection pays homage to the gregarious nature of gay culture what seem to be less than friendly times.
We love Tom of Finland (perhaps just as much as Formichetti) and wanted to hear more from Formichetti about his thoughts on creating the collection. Have a read below.
ToF has been around for decades, so why create the collection now? I visited the Tom of Finland Foundation in LA last year and felt there was mutual love and admiration, so I wanted to bring together the world of Nicopanda and Tom of Finland thru this collaboration.
Where do fashion and sex meet? Its almost the same thing to me, sex sells. Why cant “gay sex” sell too? It’s time!
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