Want: CDLP × Tom of Finland

TOP_A-SPOTWe all know how fantasy has a tendency to inform our choice of dress – particular fantasies derived from TV, cinema, art and comic books. Who hasn’t thought of owning one of those well-fitted fighting robes from Dragon Ball Z – or Uma Thurman’s yellow leather biker jacket in Kill Bill for that matter? Is it coincidental that some of Warhol’s best works of art are those that feature his fashionable friends (hi, Edie!) – or that the heavy-handed costume design of Desperately Seeking Susan ended up triggering a style revolution in the late 1980s? Obviously not. And today, the universe of one of our sexier idols – Tom of Finland – has finally become part reality, with the launch of an underwear line with CDLP. Tom of Finland (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920—1991), is the creator of some of the most iconic, unrestrained, and readily recognizable imagery of contemporary gay culture, and is widely regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. His unapologetic, hyperbolic, yet delicate and humorous illustrations of men loving men has become a returning inspiration for all types of creatives – from the middle-age women to the youngest suburban twink. Beyond showing quite a bit of skin and genitals, Finland’s world is saturated with advanced erotic dress-codes, spanning biker gear to sailor uniforms. But naturally, it was the skimpy underwear that the Swedish underwear producer set out to interpret, as they teamed up with the artist’s estate earlier in 2018. The result is a jockstrap and a pair of white tanga briefs that seem carved directly out of someone’s wet dream – so imagine what will happen when you wear it. And the best part is, a part of the proceeds benefit the Tom of Finland Foundation, which work to promote and preserve the history of erotic art. “Tom’s influence on fashion and imprint on popular culture is undeniable,” commented Durk Dehner, co-founder of Tom of Finland Foundation. “Designers that include Jean-Paul Gaultier, Tom Ford and Helmut Lang have been influenced by his work. This collaboration marks how fantasy can come to life.” Snatch this limited edition in Berlin’s Voo Store, JUS sthlm, and at CDLP.comtomoffinlandstore.com.

CDLP × Tom of Finland underwear – €65