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LA VIDA ... ETREUM AL

LA VIDA … ETREUM AL

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A piece of gold that wants to shine must pass through fire first – Yoruba Proverb

LA VIDA ... ETREUM AL

Good design is thorough down to the last detail. Nothing must be arbitrary and left to chance. Care and accuracy in the design process show respect towards the consumer.

Unknown Union unveils its Chapter with world-renowned artist, Carlos Luna. This collection touches on themes that are personal to Carlos Luna and at times autobiographical, including the rural Cuba of his childhood, where the beliefs of African Yoruba culture were particularly strong, and Mexico, where he trained in ancient pottery traditions and met the love of his life. While personal to Luna, the experiences captured in his work are equally universal. VOLUME 1 of this capsule collection invokes the richness of these cultural influences on Luna's expression of life, death and all that the journey entails.

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LA VIDA ... ETREUM AL

Immersed in a jungle of life experiences, in this work you find man struggling to face his own mortality. While his counterpart, death, reaches out to him with an embrace ready to transition him to the next phase of existence, man (hiding a knife behind his back) secretly hopes to slay death and live on. Between them, the Yoruba concept of life and death as a cycle is represented by "La Vida" (Spanish. Life) and the inverse of "La Muerte" (Spanish. Death).

The stage upon which this scene takes place winks at a human’s intractable impulse to become immortal: and in the anglicized form of the Spanish expletive, "Pinga", the added commentary that, as a result of this impulse, we're "F*cked" [trans. Empingated]. The manifold lessons expressed in Carlos’ work about life and death contextualize the entire first volume of our collection.

LA VIDA ... ETREUM AL

Eyes are a common and recurring theme in Luna's work, reflecting both the watchful eye of government, as well as Eleggua, the Yoruba deity who observes and reports human folly and accomplishment throughout our journey between life and death.

While this work hints at a political message, Luna cautions us to remember that a deeper spiritual accountability remains an immutable force in our lives: a predator amongst the flowers.

The crocodile as oroboros signifies the eternal cycle of renewal: life , death, and rebirth | "La Vida … etreuM aL".

Hidden in the crocodile's stomach we again encounter Eleggua, the ever-watchful Yoruba deity presiding over our journey between worlds.

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Unisex Oroboros Loro Piana Cashmere Intarsia Knit Crewneck in Black with Crocodile in White - Unknown Union_Shop

Equipo de cachemira Oroboros

$975
Unisex Duality Loro Piana Cashmere Intarsia Knit Crewneck Black with Male and Female Faces in White - Unknown Union_Shop

Equipo de cachemira Duality

$975
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Cultivo de cachemira Oroboros

$925
Duality Duality Loro Piana Cashmere Intarsia Knit Crop in Black with Male and Female Faces in White - Unknown Union_Shop

Cultivo de cachemira dualidad

$925
Unisex Empingated Merino Wool Mohair Knit V-Neck Top in Black and Gold - Sustainably Sourced - Unknown Union_Shop

Top de punto empingado

$595
La Vida Merino Wool Mohair White Knit Top with Graphic in Black - Sustainably Sourced - Unknown Union_Shop

Top de punto La Vida

$595
Empingated Merino Wool Mohair Knit Crop in Black and Gold - Sustainably Sourced - Unknown Union_Shop

Crop de punto empingado

$545
The Watchers Merino Wool Mohair White Knit Crop Top with Flowers Graphic in Black - Sustainably Sourced - Unknown Union_Shop

El cultivo de punto de los vigilantes

$545
La Vida Knit Crop - Unknown Union_Shop

Crop de punto La Vida

$545
Oroboros Merino Wool Mohair Knit Cloak in Black with Crocodile Graphic in White - Sustainably Sourced - Unknown Union_Shop

Capa de punto Oroboros

$2,500
Unisex Merino Wool Mohair Empingated Knit Cloak in Black with Gold and White Graphic - Sustainably Sourced - Unknown Union_Shop

Capa de punto empingada

$2,500
Reflections LS Tunic - Unknown Union_Shop

Túnica Reflections LS

$475
The Watchers LS Mohair Black Knit Tunic - Sustainably Sourced - Unknown Union_Shop

La túnica Watchers LS

$475
Reflections SS Tunic - Unknown Union_Shop

Túnica SS Reflejos

$475
Empingated Merino Wool Mohair Knit Skirt in Black and Gold - Sustainably Sourced - Unknown Union_Shop

Falda de punto empingada

$595
The Watchers Merino Wool Mohair Knit Scarf in Black and White - Sustainably Sourced - Unknown Union_Shop

Bufanda de punto Los Vigilantes

$250
Oroboros Knit Scarf - Unknown Union_Shop

Bufanda de punto Oroboros

$250
Unisex Empingated Reversible Bomber Jacket In Grey Stretch Denim with White Embroidery - Unknown Union_Shop

Chaqueta bomber empingada

$795
Unisex Hi-Lo Button-Up Black Cotton Dress Shirt with Male and Female Faces in White - Unknown Union_Shop

Camisa con botones Hi-Lo: Dualidad

$425
Empingated Midi Button-Up in Black Cotton with White Graphic - Unknown Union_Shop

Camisa midi con botones Empingated

$295
Unisex White Cotton Longline Dress Shirt with Flowers Graphic in Black - Unknown Union_Shop

Botón de palangre: Vigilantes

$295
Unisex Button-Up White Cotton Dress Shirt with Male and Female Faces in Black - Unknown Union_Shop

Botón largo: dualidad

$295