Aligning with English outfitters Barbour, adidas Originals present their latest high profile collaboration. Spanning both footwear and apparel the collection takes inspiration from three key fields in which Barbour is prevalent. The apparel is in focus here as Barbour and adidas Originals present a number of outerwear pieces for three specific scenarios.
The first jacket in front of the lens is the 'Baradi' inspired by Barbour's history equipping the military. The Military story is inspired by a customized jacket that Barbour created for a captain in the British army in the 1980’s. The Baradi jacket is mulch-pocketed, full of detail and has a printed camo lining. The soft black nappa leather combined with Barbour waxed fabric makes these boots the natural made up of sections of the accompanying GSG9 - Barbour boot. This is undoubtedly one of the most impressive pieces of outerwear within the range, brought to life by a real regard for detail.
The next part of the colab is the idea of being a spectator and the rainy parks and country fields that play host to the games we love. Barbour have embodied this idea perfectly as it's a brand that seems to dominate these environments with it's efficiency. The first jacket within this is the Johbar. The Johbar jacket takes the iconic features of a classic Barbour wax jacket and combines these into an exclusive wax cotton jacket with contrasting sleeves and leather binding at pockets and cuffs. A perfect sum total of both brand's DNA.
The Spectator element of the collaboration actually has two jackets within it, and the second is the Roubarb. The red quilted showerproof Roubarb jacket offers an alternative lighter weight choice. Inspired by the colours of the track and the famous ‘Beckenbauer’ track top, the Roubarb is a shorter version of Barbour’s traditional quilt. Details include track top lycra cuffs and hems and waterproof zips to front jetted pockets.
The section of the colab with the biggest Barbour influence is of course the Country aspect, something that allows Barbour to come into it's own. This jacket is entitled the Adiwick. Celebrating Barbour’s countryside heritage, the iconic Beaufort wax jacket is given a contemporary makeover. The Adiwick jacket in robust 8oz beeswax retains the classic Barbour Beaufort features but what makes this jacket unique is the extra detailing of added leather trims to the hem, pocket and hood.
All of the previewed pieces are scheduled to launch online at 00:01GMT Saturday 8th November. Remaining stock will also be available at Albert Road the following morning.
Celebrating the launch of an adidas rarity and a terrace classic, tomorrow we'll be hosting an official launch event for the adidas Stockholm. In addition to the chance to grab the Stockholm a couple of days before the global release, we're also offering food, music and alcohol for those who can make it to our Albert Road store.
The adidas Originals Stockholm will be priced at £69.95 and will be available in-store from 6pm-9pm Thursday 6th November. No invite is necessary to attend. Remaining stock will go online at 00:01GMT 8th November.
Made In Germany marking a pivotal point in the nation's great history, adidas Originals present the 'Fall Of The Wall' pack. A wall that physically divided East and West Germany and wall that represented an ideological split, the Berlin Wall was a towering landmark whether the inhabitants liked it or not. Standing tall between 1961 and 1989, the Berlin Wall fell 25 years ago and changed the landscape of Germany forever. Opting for the ZX 8000 to tell the tale, adidas Originals have created three fresh colourways representing three checkpoints as well as change, progression and freedom.
Located in the centre of Berlin, Checkpoint Charlie was a symbolic outpost during the cold war. Arguably the most famous checkpoint of the era, it was an assigned crossing point for both foreigners and members of the Allied forces. Referencing the colour of the booth, adidas have opted for an off-white upper and canvas overlays to represent the surrounding sand bags. As mentioned, the shoe has been entirely Made In Germany giving this tribute a real sense of authenticity.
The next checkpoint in focus is 'Alpha' which was the largest gateway into Eastern Germany. Situated in a prime geographic location, it was the shortest land route between the rest of West Germany and West Berlin meaning it was a checkpoint often traveled. Taking design cues from the corrugated iron of the crossing, this edition of the ZX 8000 is built with tightly woven ripstop and premium nubuck overlays. In addition to the strong upper, another reference comes courtesy of the reflective heel counter linking in with the countless vehicle lights that could be seen at the crossing.
Finally adidas present the 'Bravo' edition which pays homage to the landmark checkpoint building and it's overpass. Referencing the 'Pop-Architecture' styling this one is a pink, yellow and blue colour of vintage nubuck with a subtle bleach effect. This is undoubtedly the most daring of the three and represents the the distinction of the Bravo crossing perfectly.
All three colourways will be available online at 00:01GMT Saturday 8th November.
After the success of the Hamburg earlier this year, adidas Originals have again delved into the City Series archive to uncover more rarities. Up next on adidas' hit list is the Bern, a storied Switzerland city honoured by this distinct design. The colourway is unforgettable with rich blues and greens decorating the upper finished with a flash of gold to the inimitable stamp. This of course is complimented by the gum sole unit making the Bern one of the most desirable in the entire City Series.
The Bern is one of three re-issues coming over the next few weeks and will be available online and in-store this Saturday. (£70).
Again from the same evolved concept as the footwear, the apparel in focus here is the brainchild of Gary Aspden and the product of adidas craftsmanship. The collection harks back to the golden age of the tracksuit in which Gary explains it was a symbol of affluence rather than anything else. To be viewed as leisurewear rather than sportswear, the Spezial apparel has an air of sophistication unlike most sportswear product and takes the fans back to a forgotten age.
Designed by Gary Aspden and lovingly crafted by adidas engineers, each piece of apparel is made with both quality and comfort in mind. Instead of overt branding, Spezial uses the Trefoil with respect and applies a small touch to each piece as a note of lasting quality. The winning combination of past and present makes Spezial a remarkable collection that uses forward thinking and historic reference to great effect.
One of the strongest themes throughout the Spezial apparel is of course travel and the memories it creates. This is something that fascinated Aspden throughout the design process and has come into fruition through the badges and graphic design. Remiscent of clean European design, adidas have created a number of unique patches to use on pieces like the Patch Hoodie and the Patch Sweater.
Another source of design inspiration was of course the tracksuit and Aspden's experience of sportswear in Northern England. It's something we still see today as not only is the tracksuit called upon for comfort, but as a status symbol and a suggestion of affluence. Instead of trying to create the flashiest tracksuit to get this across, adidas have opted for premium materials to make a subtle suggestion that the Spezial suits are slicker than the average. From brushed cotton to a hint of wool, both the Beckenbauer Suit and the Leisure pieces go way beyond our expectations in terms of fabric quality.
adidas has always been a reliable brand in terms of attention to detail and for fans of subtle detail, Spezial doesn't dissapoint. Look carefully and details like the reflective collars and branded tape set the collection apart from the rest without going over the top. Further details come in the shape of distinct badges and premium metal hardware pulling everything together.
Whilst sportswear is the main influence, Gary Aspden has also drew inspiration from other sources. Hints of military apparel come through the ripstop Coach Jacket and minimalist graphic design can be found on the expertly crafted t-shirts. adidas Originals has always lived up to it's name in the fact that it is truly original and by combining sports with appreciation for culture, Spezial lives up to the brand reputation.
Echoing the aesthetics of the footwear it's easy to see that Spezial is based on the past with a concern for the future. The reflective details used are a million times brighter than any material previously used on clothing and the ripstop coach is harder, better and stronger. It's this blend of past and present that adidas Originals fans appreciate and it's nice to see that Spezial retains the same formula.
All pieces in focus here will be available along with the footwear collection from October 25th. For release information and RRPs, please email email@example.com.