The prolific Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is currently participating in Dogo Onsen Art 2014, an art festival taking place at Japan’s most ancient hot springs. As part of the exhibition, Kusama has released a series of limited-edition socks printed with her iconic polka dot patterns. They’re being sold exclusively through SPIRAL and retail for 2,835 – 5,145 yen. They’re available in men’s, women’s and as tights. I don’t think I’ve ever lusted over a pair of socks before.
Kusama has never been shy about turning her art into buyable merchandise. She’s incredibly entrepreneurial. “You go to her studio today, it’s all so full of Kusama product,” says Tate Modern curator Frances Morris. “She’s produced fabric to clothing to mobile phones.”