Los Angeles based apparel company Worn Free, known for its vintage original tees, have announced the launch of their new Miles Davis t-shirt line. The shirts and sweatshirts come in eight different unique designs celebrating the late jazz trumpeter’s legacy.
Miles Davis was a force in the jazz world and his contributions to music are still felt today. He is considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. His career spanned over five decades and saw him perform with the likes of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane as well as now legendary artists including pianists Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, saxophonist Kenny Garrett and guitarist John Scofield, just to name a few.
Worn Free’s Steven Coe said, “As a huge fan of Miles Davis personally this is one of the rewarding projects that I have created for Worn Free. Miles’s family have truly been a joy to work with and have given me a lot of creative freedom and encouragement throughout this process.” Coe continued, “Miles is such an inspiration that the hardest thing has been narrowing down the designs, we have some great shirts in this first offering and many more exciting surprises to come.”
Miles Davis is noted for his fearless and restless leaps in music. His 1959 album Kind of Blue is the best-selling jazz album of all time and introduced modal improvisation and just over ten years later in 1970 Miles created jazz and rock fusion with his epic effort Bitches Brew. In his later years, he infused hip-hop into his music working with Easy Mo Bee on his posthumous 1992 album Doo Bop.
Miles Davis passed away back on Sept. 28, 1991 and his music is as relevant today as it was when it was breaking down musical barriers in the ’50s and ’60s. His likeness is featured on a U.S. Postage stamp, which has sold more than 23 million copies to date. Over the summer, he was also honored with a New York city Street re-naming of West 77th Street to “Miles Davis Way,” to honor his former place of residency. He is the only jazz artist to ever be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
The Miles Davis t-shirt line is priced at $35 – $50 and is available exclusively here. Shirts include some classic Davis quotes including “Don’t play what’s there, play what’s not there” and “Don’t fear mistakes, there are none.”