October 24, 2014 adidas present Quote’s Archive infos and photos
Quote’s Archive brings together two dedicated adidas collectors and marries an in-depth knowledge and passion for classic adidas footwear with highly distinctive illustration.
Freelance illustrator Peter O’Toole and renowned adidas collector Quote first became aware of each other circa 2005 on the Crooked Tongues forum, where information was traded between some of the world’s most knowledgeable footwear fanatics. In January 2011 O’Toole brought his two passions together with his ‘City Series’ prints, illustrating almost 200 vintage adidas trainers over two posters and capturing Quote’s imagination in the process. The third poster became O’Toole and Quote’s first collaboration, an illustration of 98 pairs selected by Quote from his own collection. It wasn’t long before adidas invited the pair to develop the project further, into a limited edition book.
Selecting 50 shoes from the original print, O’Toole and Quote worked together across Berlin and the UK without meeting each other in person until after the project was complete. Whilst O’Toole developed his illustrations, Quote wrote about each shoe, pulling together history and facts about design and materials with personal anecdotes and associations, providing a window into his journey as a collector.
As the book project drew to a close, Quote and O’Toole were rewarded with a dream-come-true moment, a visit to the adidas archive in Herzogenaurach and the opportunity to design a shoe to accompany the book.
The ZX 420 was an easy choice of model for both O’Toole and Quote. Using the adidas ‘Denver’ as inspiration for the vintage feel colourway, the Quotoole is a fitting representation of the work and passion of both collaborators.
Quote is a sign-maker and legendary adidas collector based in Berlin. Born East of the wall just a couple of years before it fell, his love affair with the 3-Stripes brand began with a vintage find in a thrift store. Quote has now been collecting for 15 years and is as well known in sneaker circles for his enviable sneaker wall as he is for his specialist knowledge of adidas running shoes of the ’70s and ’80s. adidas Originals first recognised Quote’s dedication to the brand in 2011 when they asked him to collaborate on the ‘Your Story’ Consortium project. His contribution took inspiration from Berlin’s Olympic Stadium and the colours of his beloved football team, and breathed new life into one of adidas Originals most classic ’80s running shoes; the zx500. He has since been a constant source of information to adidas’s Archive team and has now come together with Originals once more for his most ambitious project to date.
Peter O’Toole Biog
Peter O’Toole is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer based in Huddersfield in the North of England. Having gained a degree in Graphic Media Communication, he went on to launch his own business, ‘Peter O’Toole Illustration’, in 2010. An avid collector of adidas training shoes, O’Toole started collecting when he was just 17 years old. His love of the brand was sparked when he first got his hands on a pair of re-issued ‘Oslo’ trainers and a desire to collect all of adidas’s storied ‘City Series’ followed. O’Toole works mainly digitally to create his distinctive illustrative and often retro style, his passion for British style culture often shining through in his work.
Quote’s Archive - The Book
Quote’s Archive is a celebration of 50 selected pairs of vintage adidas shoes from a period spanning the late ’70s to the early ’90s. Each trainer forms part of legendary adidas collector Quote’s own archive and has been beautifully illustrated by Peter O’Toole.
Each page highlights a different model, and is packed with information about the history and make-up of the shoes as well as personal anecdotes, all written by Quote himself. Highly readable and beautiful to look at, Quote’s voice and personality breathe life into the text, whilst O’Toole’s illustrations brilliantly represent the individual character of the shoes. Drawings of original shoe labels and boxes add contextual detail and paint a highly personalised picture of a very exciting period in sports footwear history.
A collector’s object in itself, the book has been designed and laid out by Adam Gill and features a matt finish, laser etched title cover and fabric binding. A must for collectors, fans of illustration and followers of the 3-Stripes brand, Quote’s Archive will doubtless serve as reference and inspiration to future collectors, designers and illustrators the world over.
ZX 420 Quotoole
In conjunction with the Quote’s Archive project, adidas sneaker collector Quote and UK illustrator Peter O’Toole were given the opportunity to makeover an archive shoe, both being enticed by the zx420 for different reasons. Collaborating entirely online, the pair did not meet until the final sample was produced, but the long-distance design process seems to have paid off.
With numerous panels to play with, the zx420 offered numerous opportunities to experiment with colours and tones, but in the end their inspiration was taken from a particular pair of vintage adidas Denver from Quote’s collection. A high quality pale blue soft suede overlay sits on iconic mesh in darker shades of blue, whilst red colour blocking on the midsole and along the 3-Stripes add a pop of colour. Purple and magenta feature on the tongue and ankle padding respectively, and a subtly vintage cream midsole give the shoe a classic ’80s runner feel.
Each designer’s imprint is present, with their faces featured on the ‘Endorsed by’ fabric label under the tongue, and a motif sock-liner design, utilising Quote’s fist logo and O’Toole’s typographic namesake.
Dropping November 15, 20014
Following our first two New Balance collaboration sneakers in 2008 and 2010, We are proud to present the next and final chapter of our made in England 577 series – The Limited Edt Queensway M577LEV. It is the grand finale to a trilogy that has spanned over 6 years. The first started with design inspiration from our original “Vault” concept store at Singapore’s busy Orchard Road shopping district, the next one was based on our Chamber concept store at Marina Bay Sands. To end the project, we have taken things back to our roots and have gone full circle by returning to our Queensway Shopping Centre boutique, a location that is known as the go-to place for sporting goods in Singapore and where we first set up shop.
Like our previous editions, the Limited Edt Vault M577LEV is made in New Balance’s legendary Flimby factory, located in Cumbria, England, where craftsmanship and quality takes precedence. The shoe features only the finest premium materials. The upper contains a mix of nubuck leathers and 3M reflective panels. The bold mix of royal blue and flash orange colour is from Limited Edt Queensway’s interior decor and sports-inspired logo.
Dropping October 25, 2014
Dropping October 25, 2014 / Instore first
October 22, 2014 Diadora x Patta N9000 Italia infos and photos
Patta and Diadora proudly present the third Patta x Diadora N9000 collaboration. The N9000 is a model from the 80s archive of Italy-based sports brand Diadora, worn by track & field athletes and Olympic gold champions like Daley Thompson and Sebastian Coe. The original running silhouette from Diadora’s vault is embellished with premium materials on a new colourway, paying homage and respect to Diadora’s home country, Italy.
The shoe combines smooth pigskin suede with premium nubuck and soft Italian leather. The off white upper sits atop a clean white EVA moulded sole and gum bottom, with subtle tonal Patta-branding to be found on the red leather upper part of the tongue. Each pair also includes a set of leather laces for a different look and original Diadora packaging.
Dropping October 25, 2014 /Instore first
October 20, 2014 The Good Will Out x ASICS GEL-LYTE V ‘Koyo’ – worldwide store list
The The Good Will Out x ASICS GEL-LYTE V ‘Koyo’ will be availabe October 25 in the following countries/sneakershops:
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290 Squre Metres
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The Good Life
Atmos / Bait / Blends / Bodega / Commonwealth / Concepts / Cream / Extra Butter / Feature / Kith / Laced / Oneness / Packer / Premier / Proper / Saint Alfred / Shoe Gallery / Social Status / Sole Fly / Ubiq / Undefeated / West / Wish
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