Rapper Young Thug is expanding his fashion resume by designing new backpacks for streetwear brand Sprayground.
The hip-hop star, who has long been a fan of the backpack and luggage firm, has collaborated with company officials for the Young Thug x Sprayground capsule collection, comprising of two limited-edition releases made with durable water-resistant fabric.
The Diamond Cubes design features images of the gemstones against a black and purple background, while the Purple Tie Dye Shark has a distinctive rubber shark mouth mould across the front of the bag.
The project is Young Thug’s first as a fashion designer, although he has previously modelled for the likes of Calvin Klein and Adidas.
“Young Thug has a great fashion game and a great fashion name but he never designed fashion or accessories before,” Sprayground founder and creative director, David Ben-David, tells Billboard.com. “I wanted to bring him into my world.”
And David admits witnessing the unique Pick Up the Phone hitmaker at work in the recording studio has inspired him to step out of his creative comfort zone and explore his own desire to make music.
“I have been blessed to have done collaborations and have relationships with many of today’s most influential artists, who have such an amazing, profound effect on today’s music culture,” he explains. “Artists like Chris Brown, The Game and others, but it was Young Thug that pushed the pedal on this new wave I am taking, and it all stems from when he performed in his studio, it was a like a soul came out of his body.”
The Young Thug x Sprayground backpacks are out now, while David’s first song, Money on the Plane, is set for release this summer (18).
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