The duo has teamed up on a limited-edition streetwear collection
White Castle is already a Valentine’s Day destination and a muse for stoner films — now, the home of tiny burgers is coming to the runways.
The iconic fast-food chain collaborated last month with up-and-coming NYC designer Telfar to redesign White Castle’s employee uniforms. Now, the duo has collaborated again on a limited-edition capsule collection of nine streetwear staples featuring a Telfar X White Castle logo; the t-shirts, hoodies, and nylon hats are all designed to celebrate the New York communities (and wherever you can find a White Castle). The Bronx, Bushwick, East New York, Harlem, and LeFrak City, Queens all get a shout-out.
The event was originally scheduled to take place in Telfar’s native Queens at the White Castle he grew up going to, but the party’s permit was revoked last minute. Libations, aka those strangely tasty, greasy White Castle sliders, were served to guests at The Well in Brooklyn by employees (dressed in their new uniforms, of course) from the LeFrak City, Queens, location. Sets were DJed by Venus X and Total Freedom, followed by a duet between Dev Hynes and Ian Isiah. Cam’ron and Akinyele dropped by for surprise performances, as well. 100 percent of the White Castle proceeds from sales will go to the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Liberty and Justice Fund, which works to bail out minors locked up on Rikers Island.
“I really appreciate that so many people came out to support me and I love seeing people leaving with Crave Cases of clothes they bought to give money back to this great cause,” Clemens said as the rager was winding down. “This is going to be in 60 locations throughout the country, and people all over the nation are going to get to experience my brand for the first time—it’s much bigger than me or fashion, and I like that it’s going to be impactful.”
If you happen to find yourself at the White Castle in LeFrak City, you can purchase a ZIP-CODE shirt — a shirt with the local zip code printed on it — straight off the menu. More zip code-specific capsules are to come at White Castles in Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, and more.
And soon, you may be able to go to a Telfar White Castle in Japan. Telfar’s creative director, Babak Radboy, said at the event, “There’s a Japanese investor that wants to start a Telfar White Castle in Japan—it’s like a nightclub-slash-fast-food chain.”