It’s a wonder that Takashi Murakami has any time to make new artwork. In between his Virgil Abloh collaborations and impressive Halloween costumes, the 56-year-old artist has displayed an endless appetite for creativity. The latest effort to come from Murakami’s Kaikai Kiki Gallery is a joint effort with Japan’s accessory masters, PORTER. Instead of a mere bag, however, Murakami and co. have fused the Japanese brand’s signature bags and sturdy holsters with a pair of chunky-soled sneakers. Loaded with PORTER tags, straps, D-rings and 3D pouches, the asymmetrical sneakers are executed in PORTER’s trademark green, accented by the familiar orange often utilized to line the bags. Murakami’s flowers and “TM/KK” branding appear on the outsole, midsole and tongue of the right sneaker, emphasizing the collaborative nature of the wild silhouette.
No release date for the sneakers has been announced, of course, but expect the shoes to make their debut shortly. Check out a closer look at the collaboration via Murakami’s Instagram post below.
Recently, Murakami announced a new exhibition of his work at Perrotin Shanghai.
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In the last few years, I have thought about the reality of the distance between sneaker culture and myself. I felt like it was a game that I would be able to play once I understood the rules; and so I began my sneaker journey, taking action and studying everything I could. With that in mind, I would like to share a midway progress report on the direction that I have been working on since spring. Here it is! Thanks to @yoshidakaban.official who has rescued us in numerous ways, from choosing materials to helping with the bag production process, the project has begun to take shape. The production was overseen by @wakamoon and Kaikai Kiki’s very own design team! @shisho_kaikaikiki @kazami.su @puq_mayumi There is a little bit more to go until completion, but I wanted to update and report my progress on my new adventure.