“That T-shirt is everything,” gushed Kendall, one of the twentysomething baristas at Intelligentsia, the coffee shop I pop into every morning. Compliments from millennials are always particularly welcome. And frankly, she’s not wrong. Said tee ($125) features a screen print of a squash blossom necklace – an iconic silver and turquoise design traditionally produced by the Navajo, Zuni and Hopi tribes – and is incredibly cool in and of itself. It looks like a vintage find, in a cream cotton with a slightly faded image. It is a complete outfit – clothing and accessory in one. But what makes it, in my humble opinion, über-cool is the fact that it was originally produced in the 1970s by the actor Dennis Hopper, to commemorate the opening of his gallery in Taos, New Mexico.
Now, I am not usually one to sport a graphic T-shirt of any kind. When I do wear a T-shirt outside of the gym, it tends to be of the solid-black variety. But this one caught my eye when I was writing a Cult Shop article about Hayward House, the New York boutique owned by Marin Hopper, daughter of Dennis, and I knew I had to have it. It’s a piece from the clothing and accessories brand called Hopper, which includes sunglasses, hats and leather goods – all inspired by the late actor. What I love most about my T-shirt, though, is that it feels like I’m wearing a secret – it is a work of art originally created by an icon of the silver screen, who many don’t realise was a prolific photographer, painter and sculptor.