Cut, form and pop cultural iconography take center stage in the collaboration, tapping American basketball influences for inspiration. As a result, SANKUANZ comprises an offering of Crazy BYW and Rivalry Hi sneakers for its range of collaborative footwear, and pairs this with a full wardrobe of basketball-indebted garments.
While the footwear draws more directly from on-court basketball, the clothing collection looks to the West Coast and its streetball scene. Zhe drew influence from the 1990s specifically, developing a variety of garments such as hoodies, sweatshirts, chino pants, basketball jerseys with shorts and showtime hoodies that are all reversible, expanding the possibilities of different looks. A combination of hip-hop graffiti from the ’90s and SANKUANZ’s signature colors of acid green and indigo purple further nod to a relationship between adidas’ heritage and SANKUANZ’s contemporary approach.
An interesting component of the collection is its layered trousers, which introduces tailoring to track pants with a wide, basketball short-like fit. For the shoes, SANKUANZ adds a blue, gel-like patch to both pairs, further developing their retrofuturistic aesthetic.
Check out the SANKUANZ x adidas Originals collection in the lookbook above. Everything is set to release on adidas’ Asia-Pacific websites and at its APAC stores on May 23.
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