TEASER: OAK + TOM BIANCHI

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With Pride celebrations going on all over the world, we can think of no better way to kick of NYC Pride week than with our OAK + TOM BIANCHI artist shirt series launch party next Tuesday at The Jane Hotel. Over the next few days we’ll be giving you teasers of the shirts – including the image above – as well as some background information on the legendary photographer and his Polaroids. With the release of his book, Fire Island Pines: Polaroids 1975-1983 (which will be stocked in OAK stores alongside the shirts), readers are taken back to an era before iPhone “selfies” and Instagram filters, when Bianchi’s photographs – shot with an SX-70 Polaroid camera – captured authentic, honest moments, without re-dos or deletes. More importantly, the book shows the evolution of its subjects from closeted anonymity to open happiness, in the place that they (Tom, his friends, and their lovers) called home during the summer months of the blissful, and spirited era before the crash of AIDS. Together with Mr. Bianchi, we’ve selected five compelling Polaroids from Fire Island Pines (believe us when we say, paring the selection down to five was nearly impossible) to be printed on two t-shirts and three tank tops, which truly embody the spirit of summer.

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