Disney has collaborated with the Keith Haring Studio to feature the artist’s iconic artwork featuring Mickey Mouse on a range of apparel and accessories.
Haring’s artwork featuring Mickey Mouse will be featured on an assortment of products across multiple brands, with Coach unveiling a new collection highlighting two artworks that will be exclusively launched with their collection.
“Keith Haring’s respect and admiration for Walt Disney, especially the beloved Mickey Mouse, served as an inspiration for some of his iconic pieces,” says The Haring Studio in a statement. “By collaborating with Disney, we are able to bring his artwork to life through a new medium and continue to celebrate his enduring influence on the art community and future generations to come.”
In 1980, Haring created original works of art featuring Mickey Mouse in a new style unique to New York City street culture. The work took inspiration from both Pop Art and urban graffiti. His love for Mickey Mouse was rooted in his childhood experiences. Deeply influenced by Walt Disney and the skill and mastery of American cartoonists of the ’50s and ’60s.
“I always wanted to work for Walt Disney when I was growing up, when I was a kid and in some ways I think he is one of the three most important artists of the 20th century along with Warhol and Picasso,” says Haring.
This collaboration is a continuation of Disney’s celebration of Keith Haring’s inspired artistic interpretations of Mickey Mouse which was commemorated in 2018 as part of the “Mickey: The True Original Exhibition,” celebrating the 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse.
Other apparel and accessory collaborations with Uniqlo, Max Bone and Stance are available now. More collections are also debuting in 2021 with brands including Levi’s, Diamond Supply Co., and Corkcicle, along with global offerings from Swatch, Medicom and Zara.