CDLP x Tom of Finland Team Up

CDLP x Tom of Finland Team Up

This magical collaboration celebrates one of the pioneers of contemporary gay culture, Tom of Finland.

This magical collaboration celebrates one of the pioneers of contemporary gay culture, Tom of Finland.

Text: Zoe Elefterin

CDLP, the environmentally friendly Stockholm-based underwear brand, has joined forces with the Tom of Finland Foundation, whose primary mission is to preserve and push for the recognition of Tom Finland’s archive as well as other erotic art.

Tom of Finland was a Finnish artist who paved the way for the popularization of homoerotic and fetish art in the late 20th century. His illustrations were exceptionally masculine, featuring Adonis-like men unapologetically displaying their bodies and sexuality. He was highly influential in shaping the gay culture of his time.

In designing these pieces, CDLP noted that underwear was a recurring motif in Finland's work and that, in certain illustrations, he had actually imagined and effectively designed unique underwear. In this collaboration, CDLP breathes life to the illustrations as the limited edition Jock Strap and Tanga Brief, both embellished with “Tom 79” and and “Tom 82” signatures on the waistband. Additionally, the packaging is an art piece in itself, with each style coming with a beautifully constructed box decorated with one of Finland's illustrations, a limited edition Tom of Finland print, and a photograph of the artist himself.

With a brand who aims to provide beautiful pieces that are good to the environment and made from biodegradable, organic materials, teaming up with an artist who helped gay men feel liberated and live their fantasy through his drawings, this collaboration could not feel more relevant and VMan couldn’t be more excited about it!

The two limited-edition styles are now available on CDLP’s website and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Tom of Finland foundation.

Check out images below!

Credits: Images via CDLP

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