Wales Bonner's adidas Originals SS23 Collection Is an Ode to Jamaica

“Land of Wood and Water” presents clothing alongside those much-anticipated silver Sambas and knitted SL72s.

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Jamaica holds a special place for adidas Originals in its heart, and it is this that Wales Bonner honors in its Spring/Summer 2023 collaboration with the Three Stripes.

As seen during the designer’s SS23 runway show, the collection — titled “Land of Wood and Water” — is one that adapts vintage silhouettes and draws on both iconic Caribbean colors and contemporary touches. In turn, Wales Bonner creates a summer-ready uniform underpinned by cultural nuances, informed by Jamaica’s landscapes.

Light teal tints a nylon tracksuit, cut slim on the bottoms and without sleeves on the top for a piece set for warm weather, while sweater vests and a knitted geometric roll neck bring in elements of our elders, perfectly paired with the footwear (but more on that later). The clothing develops, with metallic silver sparkling on an anorak and low-inseam shorts, while Jamaican icons like the Harrington jacket and flared trousers are given the adidas spin.

While the clothing is stellar, it’s the shoes that have had sneakerheads in a chokehold as of late. Thus, adidas Originals officially presents Wales Bonner’s next Samba and SL72 Knit. The Samba comes in either a formal nubuck take with leather stripes, or a playful silver leather upper with crochet stripes. As for the SL72 Knit, Jamaica is honored once more with a knitted upper arriving in authentic hues of green or brown and orange.

The adidas Originals by Wales Bonner Spring/Summer 2023 “Land of Wood and Water” collection is available globally on June 9 via Confirmed, adidas’ website, and through select retailers. Take a closer look at the collection above.

In other news, an AWAKE NY x Clarks Originals Wallabee collaboration is coming.

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