Who doesn’t love the iconic robo-cat, Doraemon? Paying tribute to the famous Japanese manga character is Gucci’s new drop that captures the blue earless cat in all its playful glory at the hands of Gucci’s creative director, Alessandro Michele. The Gucci x Doraeman collection also pays homage to the Year of the Ox with its horned-version of Doraemon.
The iconic blue robotic cat, Doraemon has for years maintained a loyal following amongst Japanese manga fans. Adding to this patronage is the announcement of its fashion collaboration with Gucci that’s creating quite a flutter amongst Otakus (Japanese term for manga and anime fans). The Italian fashion house under its creative director, Alessandro Michele has imagined a collection that features Doraemon and celebrates the upcoming Lunar New Year.
Created by Fujiko Fujio (the pen name of the illustrator duo Hiroshi Fujimoto and Motoo Abiko), Doraemon is an earless robotic cat that time travels to help a little boy with his kitty of secret gadgets from the future. This iconic collaboration marks the 50th anniversary of Doraemon (2020) and the 100th anniversary of Gucci (2021) and consists of a range of ready-to-wear clothes, shoes and bags.
While the highly recognisable character appears its classic blue colour in the collection, it also makes an appearance disguised as an ox in hues of gold with two little horns, in tribute to the lunar Year of the Ox. These two prominent motifs along with the iconic GG logo. The collection also features a new, specially designed version of the GG Supreme canvas that appears on shoes, luggage, handbags, small leather goods and hats. A red trimming (another ode to the Chinese New Year) and gold lettering add a festive vintage vibe to it.
Fancy a handbag dedicated to the earless cat, the vintage style bucket bag, Ophidia in mini GG Supreme canvas and a red leather trim is your ally. The mini GG Supreme print meets Doraemon on a plenty of surfaces including iPhone 11 covers, pouches, wallets, card cases, mini bags and more. From an all-over Doraemon pattern to a single character patch, the cat gets its moment in the spotlight rather prominently in this collection. Other items on our covet list include Doraemon totes, backpacks, shoulder bags, camera case, belt bags, travel duffle bags, beauty Casa, and even a hat case with the green and red house stripe for a fashionable flourish.
Doraemon is patched on the classic Ace sneakers (for men and women) in multiple playful poses. The beloved character also makes its appearance on the chunky Rhyton sneakers, newest slip-on version of the Gucci Tennis 1977 (with an all-over print), the ever-popular GG Supreme canvas summery slide and women’s Princeton slipper. Iconic elements of Gucci like its red-green-gold hues, Horsebit detail and a red heart all make their presence felt on these Magna-tic creations.
Did we forget to mention how the cutesy character comes alive on smooth silk shawls, bucket hats, baseball caps and even the sporty Gucci Dive watches. A GG Supreme-canvas-look leather strap and a version to the cartoon and the other to the Year of the Ox. Adding to these accessories is the fun ready-to-wear collection in hues of blue and brown with blousons, coats, bowling sets in silk twill, jersey tracksuit sets, sweatshirts, T-shirts, wool crew-necks, denim skirts and jeans, and a black swimming costume.
A rather massive drop, the Gucci x Doraemon collection while celebrating the anniversaries of the two iconic names also follows sustainable fashion choices. A specially dedicated packaging consisting of green bags and matching swing tickets and cards, all featuring either the blue Doraemon or brown ‘ox’ Doraemon. The cat-robot truly gets memorialised with this collection that takes you on a playful and fashionable adventure. Here are some of our favourite pieces from the Gucci x Doraemon collection for your perusal.
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