These sweatshirts bear the titles of every collection we’ve ever made. They are for us like doorways into our poetic universe. By wearing these sweatshirts, you participate in this poetry with us.
Phantom is inspired by Phantom of the Paradise, a 1974 American musical horror film written and directed by Brian De Palma. In the film, a disfigured composer writes his music for a woman he loves so that she will perform his music. However, a record producer betrays him and steals his music to open his rock palace, The Paradise. Betrayed, the composer dons a new appearance and exacts revenge on the producer.
Phantom is also inspired by the poem of Thomas Hardy, The Phantom Horsewoman, 1840-1928: I. Queer are the ways of a man I know: / He comes and stands / In a careworn craze, / And looks at the sands / And the seaward haze / With moveless hands / And face and gaze, / Then turns to go… / And what does he see when he gazes so?
II. They say he sees as an instant thing / More clear than to-day, / A sweet soft scene / That once was in play / By that briny green; / Yes, notes alway / Warm, real, and keen, / What his back years bring— / A phantom of his own figuring.
III. Of this vision of his they might say more:/ Not only there / Does he see this sight, / But everywhere / In his brain–day, night, / As if on the air / It were drawn rose bright– / Yea, far from that shore / Does he carry this vision of heretofore:
IV. A ghost-girl-rider. And though, toil-tried, / He withers daily, / Time touches her not, / But she still rides gaily / In his rapt thought / On that shagged and shaly / Atlantic spot, / And as when first eyed / Draws rein and sings to the swing of the tide.