American label Tommy Hilfiger and Amsterdam-based Patta are linking up on a collaborative collection celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the Pan-African Flag, a long-standing symbol of Black unity and freedom.
The collaboration uses an array of tees, jackets, denim, hats, and sweatshirts in the full family size range from adult to youth. Patta selected pieces from the Hilfiger archive and altered the Hilfiger logo to mirror the Pan-African Flag colors of red, green, and black. The garments are displayed in a colorful lookbook that was shot in Lagos, Nigeria.
Along with a short campaign film titled Two Become One that can be viewed above, Patta and Tommy Hilfiger also highlights the documentary Katibo Yeye, directed by Frank Zichem in 2003, as part of the collection’s rollout. It follows a Suriname-born man living in the Netherlands named Clarence Breeveld. In the film Breeveld traces the shipping routes of his enslaved ancestors from Ghana to Suriname, visiting the places that slave trading was active. The film provides an active narrative that elaborates on the collaboration’s celebration of black unity and freedom.
Tommy and Patta will also make a donation to three organizations which support communities of the African Diaspora: The Black Archives from Amsterdam, London’s Sistah Space, and The Good Neighborhood Collective in Milan.The collection releases April 9th via the Patta x Tommy website, Patta’s flagship locations and select retailers worldwide.