hanon x Asics Gel-Lyte III 'Solstice' - In-store Launch

With the end of 2015 fast approaching, and the 25th Anniversary of the Gel-Lyte III coming to an end with only two collaborations remaining, November 28th was to bring one of the most anticipated releases of the year, and probably hanon's biggest release to date. A long time in the making, and a long time waiting for the day to come around, the hanon x Asics Gel-Lyte III 'Solstice' (full details here) in-store launch was sure to be a crazy one!

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With hanon being the only store in the UK to be stocking the shoe, and with the majority of the other stockists worldwide having in-store only launches also, the release of the 'Solstice' had attracted people from all corners of the country. The first campers arrived on Wednesday, and by Thursday, the camp was in full swing, with the lucky first 35 campers on-track to getting the Asics and hanon branded Mag-Lite.

Thankfully, except for a very cold Friday night, the weather held out for the campers, and on Saturday morning, there was over 200 people waiting in line for the doors to open at 10am.

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10am came around, doors opened, and the queue started flowing, and by 2:30pm, the hanon x Asics Gel-Lyte III 'Solstice' was SOLD OUT! Although hanon didn't have as many pairs as they would have hoped, pretty much everyone who was in the queue managed to secure a pair and that's what matters!

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A big shout to everyone who made the long or short journey to hanon for the shoe, the support is always hugely appreciated!

Hope to see everyone at the next launch which will be the hanon x Le Coq Sportif R1000 'French Jersey' on Thursday 3rd December 5-7PM in-store.

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hanon x Asics Gel-Lyte III 'Solstice'

It's the one we've all been waiting for, right? Finally, November has came around and this means that it's hanon's turn to collaborate on the Asics Gel-Lyte III as part of the Gel-Lyte III's 25th Anniversary. For me personally, I haven't paid a great deal of attention to Asics over the last little while as my sights have been firmly set on New Balance, but when it comes to a hanon collaboration, I'm always intrigued, and after the success of the 'Wildcats', this shoe was sure to be a banger.

This shoe would be extra special though, as it was the first project that I would be involved in while working for hanon and a few very cold mornings and nights were spent trying to nail the press release shots for this collaboration.

But first, let's take a look at the story behind the shoe.

To commemorate this silver milestone, our edition of the GEL-LYTE III revisits the night sky and astronomical theme as depicted on earlier hanon x Asics projects, this time taking inspiration from the longest and shortest days of the year – commonly referred to as the Solstice.

Drawing inspiration from our northerly location in Scotland where the dark winter evenings are in stark contrast to the long summer nights, we looked to the ‘gloaming’ and enduring skies of the fairer months and have applied a luxurious blue azure suede and plush purple nubuck to the upper.

Depicting the shimmering lights of the sky we added a bespoke perforation to the vamp which includes a tonal 3M underlay as well as reflective Tiger Stripes and woven lace. When the shoe catches the light it illuminates, mirroring the ever changing hues during the evenings of the summer months. Further night-themed inspiration can be found on the blue frosted segments to the outsole whilst a plush printed celtic knot and flame pattern is applied to the collar lining – a light nod to our Scottish roots and the ancient Celtic association with the solstice.

Additional attention to detail on the hanon ‘Solstice can be seen by way of a dual branded tongue patch, printed footbed and embossed fire detail on each heel. Each pair will come complete with three lace sets and custom-made box.

Finally as a homage to our first GEL-LYTE III ‘Wildcats’ we included a similar colour blocking to the upper as well as the same execution on the reflective Tiger Stripes and tongue detail.

hanon x Asics Tiger GEL-LYTE III ‘Solstice’ will be released on Saturday November 28th 2015.

Available sizes: UK 4, 5, 6, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12

RRP: 130GBP

Available instore only.

Now that the formalities are out of the way, let's take a look at some of the shots.

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Hanon Shop Charity Raffle at SoleBloc

Trainer events have taken the world by storm in recent years, and finally, August 2015 will see Scotland hosting it's very first event - SoleBloc. If you're into trainers, chances are you'll know about Hanon Shop, and on Saturday, August 1st 2015 they will be holding a lottery for three of their favourite collaborations at the SoleBloc trainer festival in Glasgow. They have announced that one pair from each of the following hanon collabs will be raffled with all proceeds being donated to CLAN Cancer Support in Aberdeen, Scotland:-

  • Asics x hanon Gel III 'Wildcats'
  • New Balance x hanon 1500CHF 'Chosen Few'
  • Adidas x hanon Centaur 'Granite'

Each model is 100% deadstock from a small stash they kept aside from the initial launch. The winning pair from each collab will come with dust bag as per the original hanon store release.

The guidelines are as follows:-

  • Tickets can only be bought in person at the SOLEBLOC event
  • £1 (GBP) per ticket.
  • Each ticket will apply to 1 model of shoe only - A list of sizes will be available at the event
  • Unlimited tickets - Buy as many as you like!
  • Entrants must provide their shoe size, email address and social media account on each purchased ticket
  • Entrant must have a social media account
  • Buying tickets on behalf of someone else is okay. Details must be provided as above.
  • All proceeds will go to CLAN cancer support in Aberdeen
  • Winner will be emailed and tagged via their social media account after the event

This is a pretty special gesture from the Hanon Shop team, so be sure to head to SoleBloc on the 1st of August and buy some raffle tickets!

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