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Landon Barker is the moment. The pop-punk offspring (his father is Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker) is a social media favorite, a two-time reality TV star and a musician with a slew of singles to his name. Now the 18-year-old is adding fashion designer to his resume with his first collaboration with online retailer boohooMan. The “rockstar-inspired” capsule collection will debut June 15 and is available online at boohooMan.com. Prices range from $19 to $67.
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For Barker, who co-created each of the 40 pieces in the collection, fashion is just the latest way he expresses himself creatively. And true to his rock and roll roots, the teenager made it clear to the boohooMan team that if he was going to launch a collection, he wanted to do it on his own terms.
“I told them I wanted full creative direction,” Barker said. rolling stone. “It’s a great brand, but they don’t have anything rockstar yet, or pop-punk or grungy. I said ‘I’m ready to do this, but I want it to look like me.’
To bring this to life, Barker came up with a mood board showcasing his vision. “I said, ‘I love this style; let’s keep it that way. They did a great job of pulling that off,” he says.
Courtesy of BoohooMAN
Barker leaned into the rock star’s vision: each pair of pants in the collection has an attached chain, while one pair has a signature bandana tied at the waist. Those rock and roll elements are evident throughout, but Barker says he’s drawn inspiration from other musical genres as well — and he sees his clients as individuals who straddle those lines.
“It’s definitely for the emo scene, the rock scene, but it’s going to appeal to everyone,” he says. “I’ve even seen rappers wear spiked jackets on stage, so these pieces are for anyone who loves that look.”
Barker points out that while the line was created for boohooMan, the collection features androgynous pieces that should appeal to both men and women.
“The collection is very unisex,” he says. “There are oversized jackets, leather jackets and jeans that I think girls would wear for sure. There are pants with crosses all over the leg and even a skintight, almost see-through pink shirt that would look a hit on anyone.
Barker admits his new line nods to some of his style icons (he cites Machine Gun Kelly, Playboy Carti, Yungblud and Kanye West, among others), but points out that the looks are pure Landon.
One piece in particular gives Barker fans a personal connection to the designer: a faux crocodile leather jacket. The all-black textured jacket features a custom-designed skeleton chain lapel pin that Barker has worn for years.
courtesy of BoohooMAN
Barker says he hopes to create his own brand one day. In the meantime, he recently collaborated with another legendary fashion house. For the uninitiated, her father just married Kourtney Kardashian. An advantage of joining the Kardashian universe? Landon was lucky enough to collaborate with Dolce & Gabbana, the designers behind Travis and Kourtney’s Italian nuptials.
“I have to personalize some of my looks [for the weekend], which was so cool,” Barker says. “I told my stylist that I wanted black leather pants with fringe and little Dolce & Gabbana charms on the side. When I arrived in Milan where the wedding was taking place, they were literally waiting for me – my complete creation came to life. It was truly inspiring.
Barker is also working on new music following the success of “Die in California,” a track he wrote and performed for Machine Gun Kelly’s latest album.
And then there’s that reality TV gig. Barker laughs when his TV debut, MTV’s hit midway through Meet the Barkers is mentioned. He says someone recently asked him if The Kardashians was his first time on reality TV – in fact, he made his way into our homes in 2005. But joining the cast of The Kardashians on Hulu as a teenager is a whole new ballgame.
“[Back then] I didn’t know what was going on, Barker said. “I’m a shy person in general, so the cameras don’t do much better, but I’m enjoying the experience. It was all very fun.
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