Tracey Mills opens up about clothing design and her collaboration with Kanye West
thedrop @ barneys has brought in all walks of streetwear life. From casual shoppers to fans trying to get hold of exclusive drops, to numerous designers, all were in attendance, creating a social hub that blurred the lines of streetwear culture and the high-end retail market into one. . We partnered with Barneys for the two-day shopping event which saw the release of 30 exclusive capsule collections from labels like OFF-WHITE, 424, Fear of God, and more.
Tracey Mills’ career path, like many successful designers, is not a straight line, but a winding road characterized by many different stops. This includes devoting time to designing trendy early 2000s labels like Von Dutch and Ed Hardy, and then further developing his craft under Kanye West.
One of his first collections was a line of comfy knitwear with experimental silhouettes called VENUSxMARS, and he carries this space theme in his new label, Visitor On Earth. Out of a concern for empowering underserved communities and sustainable manufacturing, Mills, whose Instagram is @godsmessenger, also attributes his faith and passion in his vision as key elements to his success.
At thedrop @ barneys, Visitor On Earth dropped off an exclusive product, including a women’s velor tracksuit (worn by co-host Jackie Kim) and a few cozy collaborations with Russell Athletic. He also took part in a panel with HS chief executive Jeff Carvalho on women in streetwear, which you can watch below:
Jeff Carvalho of Highsnobiety and Jackie Kim of Barneys spoke with Mills about his history as a designer, working with people like Kanye West, and the importance of having a strong vision and carrying it through. Watch it above.
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