Model Jacob Bixenman Teams Up with Peels NYC for an Art Collaboration

Model Jacob Bixenman Teams Up with Peels NYC for an Art Collaboration

When not walking the runway, model-of-the-moment Jacob Bixenman is making art. What started as a hobby is slowly growing into something much more. Here, we talk about his first fashion industry collaboration with a New York City workwear brand, and get an exclusive look at the pieces.

When not walking the runway, model-of-the-moment Jacob Bixenman is making art. What started as a hobby is slowly growing into something much more. Here, we talk about his first fashion industry collaboration with a New York City workwear brand, and get an exclusive look at the pieces.

Photography: Mateus Lages

Text: Adair Smith

People really only know you as a model, but you’re also an artist. Have you always been into art?

I've always been interested in art, but mostly as hobby or in privacy. It's a relatively new thing for me to share what I work on, so people may not know that it's something I enjoy.

What is your “thing” when it comes to art? Drawing, painting, etc.

Really whatever is around me, but I love simple sketching. It's easiest to pick up on a whim whenever something is striking or an idea comes about.

You just released your collab with Peels NYC where you designed graphics for the collection. How did the collab come about?

I did! I've been a fan of Peels NYC for a minute and reached out to collaborate. Jerome, who makes the clothing, saw some of my sketches and we thought it would be cool to work on something together. It was a pretty natural process.

What was the inspiration behind the graphics you drew?

Peels' clothing is rather traditional and "masculine" by nature, given that it's workwear. So I thought it would be interesting to use artwork of mine that was maybe more "feminine" or tender to redefine what that meant. The tone of the drawings is different than what most people would expect the clothing itself to be, and I love that.

Did the brand just give you the clothes and say “have at it” or were they super involved with the graphic designs?

Peels was really trusting and relaxed with what I did, which was great. We met up in advance and I got my hands on the clothing but it wasn't until we were shooting it that Jerome actually got to see the artwork.

Is bringing your art into the fashion world something you’ve always wanted to do?

Not necessarily, but it's exciting to do so. Art has always been recreation for me but to be able to see a sketch of mine on something wearable is really cool. Fashion is such an immediate and consistent externalization of who we are, so to actually live in a piece of my own expression is empowering and something that I think anyone interested should do.

What is your favorite custom piece and why?

I love the pink "Bub" shirt. The dichotomy between it being workwear but pink and with the front detailing is funny and sweet to me.

What is coming up next for you in regards to art and design?

I'm launching a personal website this spring where I'll sell my designs as well as showcasing my work of multiple mediums in one space.

Click through the slideshow below to see Jacob's exclusive collab with Peels NYC.

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