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Prince's late-career clothing designer Call & Response collaborate on an exclusive line of 1999-inspired apparel

Icons are never forgotten – they always live on through their legacy, especially in the case of The Purple One, Prince. His music is being re-released, you can now stream his catalogue through various services, and his unfinished autobiography, The Beautiful Ones, was just published.

“Prince often wore vests as they can be stylish yet still feel open – allowing arms to be free for playing instruments and performing. This vest has an echo of 1999 and is similar in style to vests we created for Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL” – Cathy & Lori
$500 USD

To coincide with the reissue of Prince’s iconic double album, 1999, The Prince Estate has commissioned the Toronto design duo of Cathy Robinson and Lori Marcuz—known by their studio name Call & Response (formerly Magpie)—to create an evocative, hand-crafted collection of custom jackets, vests, and hand-dyed tunics exclusively available on the official Prince site.

“One cannot design for Prince without appreciating nuance and history. Prince’s purple trench coat was a rebel call to the eighties. This updated version has been made in purple leather with an embossed paisley print.” – Cathy & Lori
$2,600 USD

In the early 2010s, Prince’s style evolved more into a late 60s, early 70s style – this is where Call & Response, Magpie as they were known then, starting creating his late career statement pieces from their workshop at the back of their Queen Street West storefront.

“We got this call: Can we put a box together? And we put just about anything we could think of in the box, and shot it off,” Cathy remembers. “And we got a call—fairly late-night—saying he loved the clothes, and he’d like to buy them all, and would we be interested in working with him in the future?”

The design duo soon went from sending Prince items from their current collections to designing pieces just for him. He began wearing their pieces at all of his public appearances: including his unforgettable Grammys appearance, Jimmy Kimmel Live, the Billboard Music Awards, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Saturday Night Live.

“For us, this is a true collaboration. We have infused what we understood of Prince through the eyes of 1999. We are not trying to make costume, but wearable clothing with a nod between the Prince we knew and the one that came before,” Cathy explains.

To view the entire collection, visit store.prince.com.

Images courtesy of prince.com

About Gail McInnes (314 Articles)
Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, Gail McInnes has made an indelible mark on the Canadian fashion and entertainment scenes; managing and guiding the careers of some of the country's most notable talents, including Lucian Matis, Hilary MacMillan, Stephen Amell (CW's Arrow), Natalie Brown (The Strain), Brad Goreski (E! Fashion Police), and more. Visit gailmcinnes.com for more information or email gailmcinnes@gmail.com.

1 Comment on Prince's late-career clothing designer Call & Response collaborate on an exclusive line of 1999-inspired apparel

  1. Fiammetta Cesana // January 31, 2020 at 10:54 am //

    Hello Gail, I hope you are very well !
    I am writing to you today on the behalf of the magazine I work for as feature editor. We’d love to publish a piece by you.
    If you are interested in this collaboration, I can give you all the details about our publication, which is both printed and online based.
    All my best!
    Fiammetta

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