Wales Bonner Partners up With Laraaji for Capsule Collection
The “Vision Songs” lineup includes an exclusive t-shirt that will benefit the Care India Foundation.
Wales Bonner has unveiled a new collaboration with musician Laraaji. The “Vision Songs” capsule collection honors the legendary artist’s celestial new-age album Vision Songs Vol. 1, which was self-recorded and released in 1984.
Born Edward Larry Gordon in Philadelphia, the multi-instrumentalist began to study Eastern mysticism in the early 1970s, which inspired much of his work. Later on, he would improvise on his zither for hours at New York’s Washington Square Park– until one day, in 1979, he caught the attention of Brian Eno, who subsequently produced Ambient 3: Day of Radiance, Laraaji’s first album using the artistic name he became known for.
Wales Bonner’s collection features t-shirts made from pure cotton jersey, hand-dyed in vibrant shades of orange and pink. The lineup aims to channel Vision Songs Vol. 1’s “ecstatic energy” and “its gift of luminosity, bliss and healing.”
Only 110 pieces of the “Vision Songs” t-shirt were made, with all sales proceeds from the collection going to the Care India Foundation. The non-profit advocates against poverty and social injustice through projects in health, education, livelihoods, and disaster preparedness and response, to empower women and girls from poor and marginalized communities in India.
To celebrate the collection, Wales Bonner tapped photographer Bharat Sikka for a stunning photo series in Hampi, India, starring local models and the gorgeous city landscape and natural details. Creative director Grace Wales Bonner also curated a special playlist on Spotify featuring some of Laraaji’s ethereal music.
The “Vision Songs” collection is available at WalesBonner.net.