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.
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.
Pagowski’s sketched letters, such as this one, appeared in The New Yorker throughout the ‘90s.
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