Automaker Honda Offers its Clothing Collection

American Honda Motor Co. has launched the Honda Heritage Clothing Collection at an exclusive event in downtown Los Angeles. The collection consists of Honda apparel designs from the early 1970s and action sportswear of the 1980s.

Re-imagined, designed and produced in Southern California, select items from the collection are now available for sale online at Additional designs and items will be introduced in the near future and are set to go on sale in late spring 2011, says the company.

When American Honda Motor Co., Inc., launched in the U.S. in a small Los Angeles storefront in 1959, Honda established its foundation through fuel-efficient motorcycles.

Then Honda brought the N600 automobile to the U.S. in 1970, followed by the 1973 Civic. To meet the demand from its consumers, Honda began to sell its own clothing line of shirts, jackets and accessories.

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“Honda is excited to celebrate its heritage by recreating styles and accessories from the past,” said Steve Center, vice president of American Honda’s national marketing operations.

“We hope that fans of Honda and vintage clothing will celebrate with us through the Honda Heritage Clothing Collection.”

The initial items to be offered include a selection of three tee shirt designs that will feature the heritage-inspired logo from Honda’s 1959 storefront and logo, a graphic featured on the 1974 Honda Civic sales brochure and a page from a 1973 Civic hatchback catalog.

These tee shirts will be priced at approximately $40 each. Future Honda Heritage Clothing Collection items may include cafe racer leather jackets, nylon racing jackets, windbreakers, vests and casual wear.

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To recreate the clothing, Honda is working with the creative consulting agency, Hubris Factory and its founder, Jon Alain Guzik.

Design and production of the apparel will be handled by Los Angeles-based Crate Clothing, and its founder Chad Hilton is re-imagining the clothing using classic Honda logos and insignias. It was announced Thursday, Feb. 3.

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Rakesh Raman