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Maria's Graphic T-Shirt is an Ode to Dance Music

By way of '80s nightclub Paradise Garage and Sacai.
Sacai "Paradise Garage" Embroidered Tee, $300, available at

Sacai "Paradise Garage" Embroidered Tee, $300, available at

Let's cut to the chase: I like good dance music and I like a good graphic T-shirt. Put those two together, and you've got Sacai's pre-spring 2016 collection, which includes the Japan-made tee pictured above. The graphic is a nod to Paradise Garage, the legendary downtown nightclub frequented by the LGBT community, synonymous with New York City's groundbreaking house music scene during the '80s and home to resident DJ and club king Larry Levan.

Designer Chitose Abe used Paradise Garage's recognizable logo for both her men's and women's spring collections, placing them on knitted flight jackets for him and see-through silk tops for her. It wasn't the first time the venue received a tribute from the fashion realm — skater Alex Olson, who launched the streetwear label Bianca Chandon, released a collection of T-shirts and hoodies that also paid homage to Paradise Garage and Levan.

Sure, it's not a serendipitous find from a thrift store or eBay, but Sacai's design is just as interesting. Always one to manipulate a garment's traditional details, Abe added zippers on the side seams and opted for bright yellow embroidery to create the Paradise Garage graphic. Plus, according to WWD, proceeds from the designer's "Paradise Garage" apparel will benefit the Gay Men's Health Club in New York City. And if you don't plan to purchase this T-shirt, then how about listening to one of Levan's live sets to get you out of your hump day slump instead?

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