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.
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.
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