As a year like no other finally comes to a close, many of us might find ourselves reflecting on the Mens some never meet their hero proud air force boyfriend gift premium shirt it is in the first place but grand ambitions we held at the beginning of lockdown, and whether or not we fulfilled them. (Looking back, how many of us did actually follow through on our goals to learn a new language or master the art of sourdough?) And for anyone feeling anxious about their lack of productivity, it would be wise to stop reading about Jeremy O. Harris’s year now. Not only did the actor and playwright pick up a record 12 Tony Award nominations for his breakout hit Slave Play, but he also found the time to premiere his new film Zola at Sundance, appear in Gus van Sant’s short film series for Gucci, and ink an overall deal with HBO which included a fund to support emerging theater-makers. Now, Harris is launching his latest venture, one that is arguably his most unexpected yet: a new 20-piece, gender-neutral capsule collection with Canadian e-commerce site SSENSE. The collection is part of a new initiative titled SSENSE WORKS, which provides a platform for genre-bending creators to find an outlet in fashion. Any initial surprise—surprise partly in that he managed to find the time—fades fast when thinking back to Harris’s steady reputation for turning showstopping looks, from the flamboyant Gucci and Thom Browne tailoring he favors on the red carpet, to the more relaxed pieces he regularly sports by the likes of Telfar and Bode.
The pieces also feature a number of Harris’s signature style trademarks, including graphic prints, embroidery, high-waisted trousers, and a generous dose of plaid. “I rubbed every piece of fabric across my skin to make sure it was exactly how I wanted, which was something I learned from when I interviewed Rihanna about her Fenty collection,” Harris laughs. “She had told me that you know if it’s right, not because of how expensive it is, or what your own relationship to the Mens some never meet their hero proud air force boyfriend gift premium shirt it is in the first place but idea of cashmere is, but because of the way it feels on your skin.” Harris also notes that the collaborative nature of designing a fashion collection was not as far from his experience working in theater as you might initially think. “The theater I make is not just about Jeremy O. Harris the wordsmith,” he adds. “It’s about Jeremy O. Harris and this amazing group of collaborators. How they tell the story starts with the words as the first sketch, then the actors come in, and the director and dramaturg come in, and they help bring that sketch to life, in the way that great couturiers do.”