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Meet…Filip Pagowski

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we sat down with the Polish artist behind PLAY Comme des Garçons’ lovably mischievous heart logo to talk career, inspiration and the fashion logo 2.0.
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How did you meet Commes des Garçons’ founder Rei Kawakubo?
Honestly, I got lucky. Back in 1999, a client of mine passed some of my designs along to Rei, and she liked them. I began creating prints for the line’s fall/winter collection in 2000—it was a punk theme. The PLAY heart was born two years later, and here we are, still collaborating in 2014.

How do your surroundings influence your art?
I used to draw a lot of inspiration from New York City, especially in the ’80s. Now I split my time between Warsaw, Poland, and Chamonix, France. I think the Alps definitely have an impact on me. But I absorb visuals wherever I go, and once I digest them, I end up with ideas that surprise even me.

Your parents are both artists, right?
Yes, both of them. My mother was a painter, and my father designed posters and book covers—I grew up with art. When I was eight years old, I actually collaborated with my Dad on the cover of a Polish monthly called Ty I Ja (“You and I”). He was teaching at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts when I studied there, and I spent two years in his class.
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Pagowski’s sketched letters, such as this one, appeared in The New Yorker throughout the ‘90s.
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