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Recognized worldwide for his bright and boldly-colored street art characters, artist Tyler Wallach is making another splash with his art, diving into the world of swimming with his latest collab - the Sporti x Tyler Wallach Collection.
The collection is the debut partnership of Sporti’s recently announced Artist Series, a collection of limited-edition collaborations aimed to spark conversation around diversity, inclusion, and mental health awareness.
The Sporti x Tyler Wallach Collection, featuring a selection of swimwear and accessories for ‘LGBTQ+ swimmers and allies alike,’ transforms Tyler’s colorful creations into material works of art, resulting in a collection fit for the entire swim community.
Sporti x Tyler Wallach Collection
Photo courtesy of Sporti
Touting his ‘individuality as his biggest asset,’ Tyler is the self-described “1988 love child of Keith Haring and Lisa Frank.” His whimsical, vibrant characters are brilliant nods to the exuberance of gay pride and evocative of one’s freedom to express themselves, in and beyond the lane.
“My art is about love, light, and positivity,” Tyler says. “It’s magical, colorful, rainbow drippy fun.
Fittingly so, the Sporti x Tyler Wallach Collection is unapologetically bold. Designed with watercolor in mind, the collection’s designs evoke that moment when the light catches the water, fragmented into a kaleidoscope that encapsulates all the colors of the rainbow.
"I'm so thrilled about this collaboration with Sporti and all that it stands for! While so many brands just throw a rainbow on something, we really took the true design into consideration to illustrate our message of inclusion & diversity, and created something loud, bright, and exciting!” said Tyler.
The Sporti x Tyler Wallach Collection
Photo courtesy of Sporti
As a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, Tyler’s compassion and care for at-risk queer youth and anti-bullying efforts remain a driving force of inspiration, and he hopes that this collection inspires those who see it to be their most authentic self.
“Before coming out at the age of 18, I struggled with anti-gay attitudes from friends. It sent me into a tailspin and I wanted to cover up my true identity,” said Tyler. “Today, there is no better feeling than using my art to stand up for social and civil justice in our thriving, intelligent, and colorful LGBTQ+ community.”
The Sporti x Tyler Wallach Collection is proud to support and donate a portion of proceeds to the It Gets Better Project, a nonprofit organization with a mission to uplift, empower, and connect LGBTQ+ youth around the globe.
“Happiness is a choice,” Tyler says. “I look at my art, and I’m reminded to take a deep breath and realize that everything is on track. We have to believe in a world where hope outshines fear.”
The Sporti x Tyler Wallach Collection ranges from $12.95 - $39.95 and is available in competitive swim sizing 22Y - 40 (accommodating approximately sizes Youth 6/7 to Adult XL), sold exclusively at www.swimoutlet.com.
About Sporti by SwimOutlet
Sporti, SwimOutlet’s top performance, private-label swimwear line, offers athlete-approved products in innovative designs, refined for an active lifestyle. Every Sporti product delivers exceptional, performance-driven collections for life’s greatest adventures. Water is Sporti’s playground - a place to embrace and champion diversity while elevating stories from every lane of the pool.
Founded in 2000 and with over 25 million suits sold to date, SwimOutlet.com is the premier online destination for all-things swim and is the largest online specialty store for swimming, active recreation, triathlon, beach, and watersport merchandise in North America.
It's been a tough couple of years, so why not see in 2022 with some beautiful wearable talismans manifesting strength, protection, and perseverance? These bestselling items by LGBTQ jewelry designer Konstantinos Leoussis, founder of KIL N.Y.C., make the perfect unisex fashion statement for now and into the new year.
Based in Brooklyn N.Y., Leoussis, 32, has been passionate about jewelry from an early age. "The first piece of jewelry that was truly my favorite was a kilt pin from the 1850s that I was able to afford with my own money. It was a very sentimental piece of jewelry for years."
He believes that jewelry is not only decorative; "wearing jewelry can be so empowering and strengthening. I do believe jewelry is incredibly talismanic. I try to invoke strength, protection, and inspiration with my designs."
"My jewelry line is inspired by many things: mythology, magic, monsters. I've always loved ancient history since I was a child and I try to add similar elements to my jewelry. The first collection I released was entirely inspired by monsters from Greek mythology," he says.
This is very evident in his beautiful Teras Collection:
The Kelly Sword Pendant and Earrings are two of the new signature styles Leoussis created for the KIL N.Y.C. label. Taking the traditionally masculine symbol of the sword and turning it into one of feminine power, the Kelly Sword design invites you to channel your inner warrior! Light enough to be worn every day, but bold enough to stand out as an accessory in the evening, each piece can be customized with your choice of metal, as well as optional stones set in either the hilt or the blade of the piece. In honor of the strong women who inspired this piece, 10% of each sale before tax will be donated to Equality Now, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting for gender equality worldwide.
Kelly Sword Pendant
Leoussis says, "I wanted to create something timeless and unisex, and swords are often seen as symbols of strength and perseverance. I named them Kelly Swords after my friend Kate Kelly, who has dedicated her life to advocating for women's rights. Because of that, we donate 10% of the profits from this piece to organizations that share Kate's ideals.”
Another favorite from his Classics Collection, his Sadboy Pendant, was created to commemorate all the times we really wanted to cry but had to act like we were “too cool.” Now anyone can proudly display their sensitive side no matter what their gender with this luxe piece of jewelry. Available in one’s choice of metal and dangling briolette tears, an extra center stone can be added to the pupil of the eye for added sparkle.
“I was going through my journals from high school and came across a little drawing of an eye crying. In its jewelry form, it's a homage to my 'emo' days and a way of acknowledging that we are all entitled to have bad days,” says Leoussis.
"As an LGBT individual, it is sometimes very hard to get my work out there and sometimes, I am not taken seriously. We still have a very long way to come with LGBT representation especially with POC creators, such as myself. I strive to be inclusive and create designs that break thru the gender binary, and we try to support LGBT organizations with proceeds from select pieces of jewelry," says Leoussis.
But his timeless yet trendy designs are catching on and several celebrities wear his jewelry: Alyssa Milano, Kate Walsh, Carson Kressley, and Michelle Visage of the band Seduction, and judge on RuPaul's Drag Race. "Michelle has been so supportive of our brand and it's always amazing to see her rocking the jewelry," says Leoussis.For more on these beautiful designs follow KIL N.Y.C. on Instagram at @kil_nyc.