July 05, 2023

RUFSKIN collaborated for the 2nd time by forging a collection of custom perforated matte rubber apparel featuring images and inspiration from the works of iconic artist Tom of Finland. This recent pairing coincided with RUFSKIN’s 20th-anniversary celebration last year. Head designer Hubert Pouches conceptualizes Tom of Finland’s imagery by reintroducing three pieces achieved using a custom sublimation technique from the most popular styles from their previous collaboration and infusing them into designs using customized perforated matte rubber. The collection features a few signature styles like flared chaps and pants which are a typical representation of Tom of Finlandcharacters, which can also be seen on their logo patch, a silhouette of a man in the shadows smoking a cigarette. “This shape speaks volumes to me, says Hubert Pouches. “The silhouette is the spirit of this collection by striking this sexy, confident, and hustler-like pose. It represents to me how strong and ‘bien dans sa peau’, how proud a man shows off his sexiness”. The garments are simple, with a sharp construction in the pure RUFSKIN style with a strong infusion of Tom of Finland’sesthetic. Some key players like our “buttless” leggings and biker shorts and signature pieces like bodysuits and singlets bring a “fetish” vibe to this group. RUFSKIN also implemented a series of accessories like harnesses, a TOM belt, and even a “fanny pack” as a coin d’œil to Tom’s drawings. The whole line is in black rubber, mixing solid and perforated sections that emphasize the construction of each design. “Six years ago, we had the privilege to create our first collaboration with this iconic giant of Gay culture and fabulous artist, says Hubert Pouches.” “Tom’s art has always been a huge influence on me and my husband. We share the same taste in his esthetics and representation of gay culture through his numerous years of work and hope this new capsule collection helps convey just that”. The TOM X RUFSKIN pair up is available at rufskin.com, the RUFSKIN Store in San Diego, and through CULTUREEDIT  cultureedit.com in Los Angeles.

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