Spring is all about new beginnings, making it the perfect time to introduce our newest collaboration: the SmartWool® Charley Harper Collection. We’re proud to announce this new, limited edition line of lifestyle socks that combines art of the outdoors and extraordinary comfort.
Charley Harper was an American original with a passion for the outdoors. As one of the great modernist artists of our time, his use of simple geometric shapes and graphic illustrations was inspired by his love of being outside. Nature inspired his designs. National parks influenced his vibrant colors. And his work inspired us to create a partnership that brings a shared passion for the outdoors to life.
In 2001, fashion designer Todd Oldham rediscovered Charley’s work and together they introduced his nature-inspired designs to a new generation. We’re proud to bring Charley’s artwork to life in our exclusive Charley Harper sock collection.
“Charley Harper is an icon for naturalists and lovers of the outdoors, and we are honored to bring his work to life in a new ay” says SmartWool’s vice president of product development, Anne Wiper. “SmartWool’s 20-year legacy is rooted, in part, in fun styles across our Lifestyle collections and Mr. Harper’s minimal realism is a perfect extension.”
Once you take a look, you might be surprised at how familiar Harper’s work is. He illustrated many books including, most notably, The Golden Book of Biology, as well as various art projects in support of the National Park Service and the Cincinnati Zoo. Hungry for more Charley Harper? Check out more of his work at http://charleyharperartstudio.com.