Adidas Embarks On A New Luxury Collaboration

Adidas Embarks On A New Luxury Collaboration

Only 900 pairs will be made available this September.

Only 900 pairs will be made available this September.

Text: Christina Cacouris

As technology begins to dominate fashion with 3D printing becoming a de facto practice alongside other advances, craft has seemingly taken a backseat. Or has it? Adidas is releasing a new line of individually handcrafted luxury sneakers in collaboration with Japanese designer Ryo Kashiwazaki of Hender Scheme, who began his practice by replicating Adidas's Superstars or Nike's Air Jordan's and constructing them out of leather. The leather shoes were so explosively successful that Adidas Originals enlisted Kashiwazaki to create a bespoke line of re-imagined MicroPacers, NMD's, and Superstars.

Though they're asking Kashiwazaki to come on as a collaborator, Adidas is staying out of the production process and is letting Hender Scheme handmake each of the 900 pairs in their own ateliers, which are slated for release around September 2nd and will carry a price tag of approximately $1000.

"We are making these shoes our way, so we can only make so many," Kashiwazaki told Business of Fashion. "But we also love sneakers, and what Adidas does in a different way, like manual versus industrial products. So maybe we can find a way in the future where these methods work together."

Expect to see the exclusive collaboration in the coming weeks.

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