If you’re looking to add some very rare vintage pieces to your arsenal, you may want to check out these classic parkas from Raf Simons. Three vintage Raf Simons parkas made in collaboration with graphic designer Peter Saville are currently on sale. The jackets were presented as a part of Simons’s Fall 2003 Closer collection and feature images of Saville’s iconic album covers — among them are New Order’s Technique, OMD’s Dazzle Ships, and Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures. Adding more to the value, all of them were hand-painted by Saville. Grailled is selling the four original coats, 13 years after the show – providing, as the website points out, “a perfect archive opportunity for a collector”.
The collection itself debuted in 2003 and was dedicated to Peter Saville, who is known most famously for the record sleeves he designed for Factory Records artists. Simons drew inspiration from the graphic designer’s archives, which he was granted full access to, as well as early Russian Constructivism, Bauhaus and British vintage clothing. While this might seem like a dream scenario for any collector or Raf Simons fan, of which there are many, it comes with one fairly major snag: a price tag of $20,000. The parkas are in size 50 (M) and have been worn once or twice and are said to be in excellent condition. Also, these Items are located in London. But unfortunately, the fourth jacket with New Order’s Power, Corruption & Lies cover has already been sold independently for $7,000.
The sale, which has become the talk of the menswear market, is just the latest Simons-related frenzy to occur online since he parted ways with Dior last October. Since that ‘industry-shaking’ event, he’s been on Google’s top-trending designer and secondary market prices for his menswear continue to rise. If you’re getting ready for the ultimate Raf Simons steez in advance of his Fall 2016 show — mark your calendars, it’s January 20 — and consider yourself sorted. Click here to view the listing.