NEW YORK, NY Coach introduces the Coach x Jean-Michel Basquiat collection with a global campaign starring faces of the house Jennifer Lopez, Michael B. Jordan, Jeremy Lin and Yang Zi, as well as beauty entrepreneur and Basquiat’s niece, Jessica Kelly, and other members of the extended Coach family. The collection, which debuted on the runway last February as part of Coach’s Fall 2020 collection, introduces Basquiat’s artwork and values to a new generation through the lens of family, those we’re born into and those we choose.
The campaign was created in collaboration with photographer Micaiah Carter and a global collective of creatives including Paloma Elsesser, Jon Batiste, Kyemah McEntyre, Diana Gordon, and photographers Fan Xin and Zhang Meng. It tells the story of creative families united by shared beliefs and purpose to spotlight Basquiat’s vision of bold expression, activism through art, and his desire, as he once said, to “be part of the family of artists.”
“Basquiat is one of my heroes,” said Coach Creative Director Stuart Vevers. “He embodied the creative, inclusive spirit of New York and was a force for change in his community. I am proud to celebrate his work and values and help bring them to a new generation. I’m also incredibly grateful for the support and trust given to me by Basquiat’s family, and would like to thank them for their help in creating this collection and campaign.”
“We really love this collection from Coach,” said Jeanine Basquiat, sister of Basquiat, on behalf of the artist’s family. “They did a great job in capturing the spirit and energy of Jean-Michel’s work and putting together a perfect group of creative talent to bring this to life. We’ve always been fans of Coach, so this is a dream project for us.”
To celebrate the campaign, Coach introduced a series of short social-first films in which the cast discuss the importance of family, art and Basquiat’s legacy, inviting community members to join the conversation.
Shop the Coach x Jean-Michel Basquiat collection at Sandton City 011 883 1203 and Coach V&A Waterfront 021 418 2492.