As New Balance‘s Tokyo Design Studio is wont to do, it has introduced another special take on the appreciably chunky RC_1300. This time, the Japanese collective has brought Ryuhei Oomaru’s OVERCOAT imprint on board, yielding a covetable sneaker and two pieces of versatile outerwear.
OVERCOAT and Oomaru’s pattern-making know-how has landed the brand contracts from a variety of high-end fashion labels but its own wares have taken precedence in recent years, as the brand refines its taste for quiet, classic clothing. Its debut New Balance partnership retains all the best features of the RC_1300; a Vibram-laden R_C4 sole unit beneath a clean white leather upper, tonal from toe to tip.
Similarly, OVERCOAT’s technical expertise has been tapped for the special apparel, yielding two thoughtful layering pieces ideal for winter. The Cape Shoulder Jacket retains OVERCOAT’s signature boxy shape, granted by a continuous rectangular body that can be wrapped around the shoulder to create the cape-like drape that gives the garment its name. Elsewhere, the Shirt Jacket lives up to its name by taking the elements of a classic dress shirt and expanding them to create a mature piece of relaxed outerwear. Both are infused with NB HEAT nylon, which is both lightweight and insulating, while a reverse mesh side absorbs sweat.
The collaborative OVERCOAT x New Balance Tokyo Design Studio RC_1300 will available in America exclusively at Dover Street Market NY and KITH beginning November 13, retailing for $250 USD. The apparel will launch in Japan only.