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Safari by Arsham Studio with Stone Island Los Angeles

Safari by Arsham Studio with Stone Island Los Angeles
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Porsche 930 and a Unimog 404. Contributions by The Keen Project. The Exhibit Stone Island Los Angeles Store Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th March.

Daniel Arsham and Stone Island come together to customize a Porsche 930 and a Unimog 404 for all-terrain purposes, using reimagined heritage Stone Island fabrics.

Arsham’s Safari was built by Leh Keen, using a 1986 Porsche 911 Turbo as the base and then customized to be suitable for off-road use, using many original pieces from the 70’s and 80’s. The Safari car has been modified to proper rally-car specs including an external light pod on the front hood, additional bumpers on front and rear with accompanying skid plate running the length of the underside of the car – all on off-road tires and heightened suspension, ready for any environment under any condition.

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Alongside the interior, and the Unimog cover, Stone Island made special garments for the team: an overall, a jacket, a shirt, a pair of trousers and a bag – embroidered with the project logos.

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THE CARS AND THE GARMENTS WON’T BE ON SALE.

THE FILM DIRECTED BY JEREMY ELKIN

A 10-minute documentary narrated by Daniel Arsham, featuring Leh Keen, and directed by Jeremy Elkin, tells the story of the Porsche 930 and Unimog 404’s restoration process. From the careful fitting of the vehicles in New York and Atlanta to the breathless vistas in the California desert, watch both vehicles come to life. The Film will be released starting from March 18th.

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THE STONE ISLAND FABRICS: TELA STELLA

Stone Island was founded on this fabric, 40 years ago. Tela Stella was born out of the study of the technical and functional characteristics of military truck tarpaulins. It is a cotton canvas impregnated on both sides with special pigmented resin in contrasting colours. The finished garment then underwent an extended enzyme wash in order to give it a faded look and to break down the density of the material. The result was windproof pieces that have an air of old waxed garments corroded by the sea, which, at the same time, has a marked military feel.

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COTTON MOLESKIN-TC WITH DUST COLOUR FROST TREATMENT AND LASER PRINTING ON THE FINISHED GARMENT

The overalls, specifically designed for the Arsham Studio/Stone Island Safari Project are made of cotton moleskin, garment dyed, dried and then treated with a special finish lending a dusty coloured look to their surface. They are then laser printed, with the laser beam designing a camouflage inspired design on a grid composing the Arsham Studio logo.

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