Ports 1961 Unveils Second Michael Lau Sculpture


Ports 1961 has released the second in a series of three toys designed by Hong Kong artist Michael Lau, installing it in the brand’s New York menswear flagship on Ninth Avenue.

The 9-foot tall surfer figure, comprising two different halves, was inspired by the label’s Spring-Summer 2016 collection designed by Creative Director Milan Vukmirovic, especially its keys themes, which included a star camo print and Navajo embroidery motifs.

Lau, whose style is particularly influential to Asian and American hip-hop and skateboarding cultures, released his first figure in the series — a skateboarder — in Hong Kong in May 2015. The current sculpture will be on view through mid-July
2016, while the third and final piece in the series will be unveiled in early 2017.

Ports 1961, founded in 1961 in Canada, began as a business that imported silk from Japan, but gradually evolved to become an upscale women’s clothier, and now, a specialist in luxury ready-to-wear and accessories for both men and women.

— Michelle Tay