Two years ago we created a limited edition drop of 20 grey longsleeves together with PROTO especially for the three-year anniversary of DTF Magazine. The collaboration was supposed to be released back in March 2020 in a pop-up store at DTF Magazine Week in the former «Ukraine» cinema, but plans were thwarted by the coronavirus pandemic.
We now present this drop as PROTO 3 UNRELEASED. Minus the cost of production, all earnings (1,500 UAH from each unit sold) will be donated to the «Come Back Alive» fund.
One of the key accents of the capsule is the print, which depicts iconic places of Kyiv in the style of Japanese engravings. Also, each longsleeve is hand-dyed using the garment dyed method (this may cause artifacts like pigmentation spots on the fabric).
Since its founding in 2018, Protoprojects has adhered to a single concept, namely the creation of clothing that combines Japanese and European cultures.
One part of the debut Protoprojects collection included clothes with images of spirits, ghosts and other folk heroes of Japan, the second part included things with Osaka railway stamps, images of the Imperial Palace in Kyoto and small details like ornaments on clothing items and images on manholes. However, it turned out that the brand is not only interested in clothes: in the last collection they presented furniture, which became the basis for the prints with Japanese characters.
All Protoprojects items are handmade, so each of them is unique and in a limited edition. Dmytro Krasnyi, the founder of the brand, calls Protoprojects an art project that allows «to look at the specifics of Japanese culture through the prism of a European».