LACOSTE will launch a limited edition T-shirt designed by The Campana Brothers from Brazil to benefit the Everglades Foundation at the upcoming edition of Art Basel Miami Beach. The T-shirts both feature prints of the Campanas signature ‘Sushi’ swirls of crocodile logos, which were introduced on this year’s LACOSTE Holiday Collector Series polos. All proceeds from the sales of the T-shirts will be donated to the Everglades Foundation, extending the brand’s support for important research and conservation activities in the region.
Earlier this year LACOSTE donated $50,000 to support the Everglades Foundation science team, which is studying how increased fresh water flows in the Everglades will benefit wildlife – including birds, crocodiles and alligators. On 15 November, LACOSTE was the presenting sponsor at the first benefit reception organized by the Everglades Foundation in Miami. And in February 2011, LACOSTE supported a program funded by the University of Florida to evaluate effects of ecosystem restoration on crocodiles and alligators in the Florida Everglades.
The Everglades Foundation seeks to preserve and restore America’s Everglades by advancing scientifically sound and achievable solutions for restoration.
Based in Sao Paulo, Estudio Campana is constantly investigating new possibilities in concept and uses for different clashes of materials. It creates bridges and dialogues where the exchange of information is also a source of inspiration. Designers Fernando and Humberto Campana carry the duality of their rural Brazilian background and the urban codes from their youth and adulthood. Back in 2003, while exploring new forms of upholstering, they created a technique of rolling together different sorts of materials. From fabrics, carpets, felt and rubber nets, flat and three-dimensional elements formed colorful swirls to be applied in a vast array of limited and numbered chairs, sofas, tables, puffs, buffets and objects. “Sushi” started off as a nickname but soon became the title for the collection. For Brazilians any Japanese food is sushi, and the wrapped and rolled aspect of the materials reminded the designers of that typical food. The arrangement of colors and textures of the “Sushi” has since become a Campana trademark.