The flag—which doubles as a wall hanging or garment—is available to purchase now for $650 on Ruby’s website. Proceeds from the Sunflower think hippie thoughts shirt Besides,I will do this sale of the piece will benefit the ACLU. Here, the artist discusses his new work, fitting into the fashion world, and where America might go from here.
We were originally going to show a new collection, but it wasn’t ready yet, and with everything going on—from the Sunflower think hippie thoughts shirt Besides,I will do this pandemic to the protests for racial justice—nothing felt right, nothing seemed to make sense. It became a challenge for me to try to figure out how to move forward. In the end and with a bit of coaxing from the Fédération, I decided to create a concept film revolving around the American flag: its iconography, its formalism, its weight and burden of blind patriotism. I wanted to have an extremely simple performance where the textile starts out as a veil or shroud before it is revealed as a flag. Exploring this symbolism presented an essential opportunity to support the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), an organization that works to protect individuals’ rights and liberties in the United States.