Innovation is always grounded in history. Cutting-edge concepts are born from the archive. How can we design for the future without an appreciation for our past?
Introducing Never Made, a revolutionary footwear concept inspired by the past, designed for the future. Past icons from the adidas archive are reimagined, as their soles are swapped with the brand’s most innovative toolings.
Featuring six distinct silhouettes, the newest adidas Originals footwear concept provides a window into the brand’s design process. Inspired by internal design workshops, which see the brand’s designers explore unexpected combinations, the collection is a manifestation of ideas into reality.
Tapping into three key decades of adidas archival design – the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s – the collection explores the intersection of past and future, reinventing iconic silhouettes through the lens of the brand’s most innovative products.
Instantly recognizable 70’s aesthetics are reimagined through the Line of Descent series, which sees iconic archival-inspired silhouettes merged with current day technologies. The Country x Kamanda merges aggressive all-terrain-inspired detailing from two eras.
Rounding off the Line of Descent series is the Marathon x I5923, which sees one of the brand’s earliest running silhouettes remade with BOOST technology, bringing the past into the future in unexpected ways.
Looking to one of the brand’s modern day icons, the genealogy of NMD series revisits three key sources of inspiration from the 80’s, placing the silhouettes atop NMD_R1 tooling to create the Micropacer x NMD R1, Boston Super x NMD R1, and Rising Star x NMD R1.
Turning to one of the most important decades in adidas Original’s recent history, the genetically Modified 90’s Tech series sees an iconic footwear concept, Feet You Wear and EQT, brought firmly into the future – reimagined atop BOOST tooling to create the X930 x EQT.
Inspired by our past in order to inform the future, the Never Made collection seeks to reinvent the design process through experimentation with unexpected combinations.
The Never Made collection will be available at adidas Originals stores, selected retailers and online at www.adidas.co.za on October 17th 2018.
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The PUMA X SUE TSAI Collection Is Here
For her second collection with PUMA, visual artist Sue Tsai takes on the concept of “Love 101” – exploring the nostalgia of inspiring high school memories and the emotional experience of our first love.
From the memorable past to the present, the PUMA X SUE TSAI collection encourages us to commemorate, create and share this moving love.
The PUMA X SUE TSAI co-created sneakers include renditions of acclaimed PUMA silhouettes like PUMA Cali, PUMA Aeon and PUMA NOVA bedecked with scribbled lines of poetry, hand- drawn doodles, vibrant embroidery and chenille patches, transforming the nostalgia intom something unexpected new and accomplished with emotionalizing beauty.
The PUMA X SUE TSAI collection extends to chic apparel including tees, jackets, hooded dresses and sweatpants adorned with embroidery, badges, all over prints and placed graphics.
Complementing the collection, the artistic decoration theme of PUMA X SUE TSAI also includes matching accessories such as backpack, cap and pouch.
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PUMA x SUE TSAI is available at PUMA Select stores, X-Trend, Superbalist, Hipkicks, Madaiza and selected retailers from 17 August 2019.
The PUMA RS 9.8 Cosmic Lands
PUMA has dropped RS 9.8 Cosmic – inspired by 9.8 m/s2, which is the approximate speed of gravitational acceleration near the Earth’s surface and is addressed to individuals who defy social rules and the laws of physics.
The retro look of the PUMA RS 9.8 Cosmic pulls together various elements from the acclaimed RS Family including comfy sock liners and the shock-absorbing RS foam. The PUMA RS 9.8 Cosmic is fresh and futuristic, with vibrant colour pops and multiple materials mix.
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Retailing for R1599, the RS 9.8 Cosmic drops at The Cross Trainer, sportscene online, Side Step, Studio 88, Superbalist and selected retailers from 12 September 2019.
The women’s colourway – PUMA White-Milky Blue – will be available at The Cross Trainer, OFFICE London and selected retailer
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Fashion Without Borders Coming Back to South Africa
Africa’s fashion and lifestyle movement brings 20 fashion designers and 40 models from across the continent
Fashion Without Borders is back for its fifth installation and will be hosted over a two-day period from Friday, 06 September 2019 to Saturday, 07 September 2019 at the Park Inn Hotel, in Sandton.
Only this time, the event will be complemented by 20 fashion designers and 40 Models from across the African continent.
Themed My Africa, this year’s Fashion Without Borders will be a blend of new talent, emerging and established names, with a talent list that comprises the likes of an 11-year-old fashion designer; Ethan Mokhele (South Africa), Kele Foko (South Africa), Nivaldo Thierry (Mozambique) and Kofi Asante (Ghana), Kaelo Godirwang (Botswana), Iman Mtshali (South Africa), Aline (DRC), Aman Chamane (South Africa), Anslem Agwoko (Nigeria), Sane Ratlhogo (South Africa), Tumane Thabane (Lesotho), Bismark Nimoh Poku (Ghana), Cathy Mbemba (DRC), Maatla Matlhabe (Botswana), Izak JD and Claudine Uys (South Africa).
“Part of our aim is to enable the 20 fashion designers and 40 Models to take centre stage and subsequently showcase their interpretation of fashion design in the African continent, in an effort to raise awareness about local fashion consumption,” commented Serge Kabisoso, Creative Director and Show Producer. “This event will highlight how current fashion trends are predicted by moods, behaviour and buying habits of a consumer at a particular time.”
Fashion Without Borders is more than just a fashion show, but also a lifestyle event that includes pop-up stalls, industry-related workshops and opportunities that will allow patrons to interact with both local and Southern African Development Community region designers.