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Vetements’ LGBTQ Tribute Collab Almost Sold Out in One Day

Vetements sweaters from its LGBTQ-themed capsule. Photo: Vetements x Comme des Garçons

Vetements may have been the most collaboration-happy brand of 2016, unveiling 18 different collabs — with labels as disparate as Juicy Couture, Doc Martens, and Brioni — at its June show. Apparently, that wasn’t enough for Demna Gvasalia and Co., though: The brand has collaborated with Comme des Garçons Shirt on a year-end capsule line of three sweaters with what it describes as “gay, lesbian, and fetish” themes.

A purple sweater is decorated with the labrys, the double-headed axe that has become a lesbian feminist symbol — and its light-purple hue may also be a nod to the “lavender menace” movement of lesbian radical feminists in the 1970s. Another design features the rainbow flag, while the third is emblazoned with a heart. At a time when LGBTQ rights are coming under particular threat, it’s a timely collaboration.

But naturally, since this is Vetements, the designs do not come cheap: Each sweater costs $625. The collaboration is exclusively available at Dover Street Market as of yesterday, but per Racked, the entire stock has almost sold out already.

Vetements’ LGBTQ Tribute Collab Almost Sold Out in One Day