HANON x Diadora IC4000 "Yellow Eyes"

hanon and Diadora are proud to present a brand new collaboration to celebrate the upcoming Olympic Games this summer. To mark the forthcoming global event, Diadora take inspiration from the 1988 Olympics in Seoul with the release of From Seoul To Rio - an exclusive capsule collection that will see some of the world's top sneaker doors collaborate on an exclusive line of apparel and footwear.

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New Balance Epic TR x 24 Kilates

A couple of weeks back I wrote about Hanon Shop's collaboration with New Balance on the Epic TR "Terrace", and with the worldwide launch being this weekend, I figured I would take some time to look at the other pairs from the #EpicTRProject.

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HANON x New Balance Epic TR "Terrace"

This summer we join forces with New Balance to mark the return of the Epic TR. Teaming up with four of their earliest partners, New Balance have invited hanon of Aberdeen, Sneakersnstuff of Stockholm, Firmament of Berlin, and 24 Kilates of Barcelona to present their take on the Epic TR. Constructed exclusively at the legendary Flimby factory in England, each pair stays true to the original make up with a hand crafted mix of premium materials.

The Epic TR is a based on the original upper design of the EPIC football boot, which was originally produced at the Flimby factory in the 90’s, and was a pinnacle performance boot at the time. The transformation of the EPIC football boot into the Epic TR sees the upper stay close to the original design but with a modernised look, and a brand new rubber cupsole to compliment the upper.

With the Epic TR and it’s very obvious football relationship, it’s hard to take your mind elsewhere, so this is where the inspiration for our design comes from. Football is such a massive thing in the UK and across Europe, and in the UK there’s a passion for clothing and footwear that embodies a look which is unique, so we wanted this collaboration to have a quintessential terrace feel to it, something that you would find at any football ground throughout the country.

Our premium ‘Terrace' edition of the Epic TR features an upper which is executed in a mix of rich earthy tobacco and mushroom pig suede, offset with a vibrant blue pig suede around the collar and heel tab. Our Epic TR is finished off with tonal stitching throughout, a large white leather ‘N’ and it sat atop a clean newly designed rubber cupsole.

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The first 35 in-store customers will receive a branded leather credit card wallet which was handmade in Amsterdam, along with one of our Hanon New Balance "memories" canvas tote bags which were first release in 2013.

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Also, each pair of our New Balance Epic TR "Terrace" purchased from us both in-store and online will come with a bespoke publication by MUNDIAL, which features a lookbook shot on location, as well as interviews with the collective brains behind the project.

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Crepe City 15

A couple of weeks have passed since the fifteenth instalment of Crepe City, and as always the Crepe City team absolutely killed the event. This was my eighth Crepe City event and all eight have been located at the Truman Brewery which is just off Brick Lane in London's Shoreditch.

Each event seems to get bigger and bigger with Crepe City utilising more rooms than ever, but CC15 finally saw the return of the large room upstairs, a 22,000 sq ft room which was last seen at CC11.

It didn't just stop at that room though, as the other rooms upstairs - T2, T3, T4, and T5, were also absolutely packed to the brim with trainers, streetwear, accessories, vintage clothing, customisers, sneaker cleaners, and much much more.

This event was a little different for me though, as rather than just taking some pictures and socialising, Hanon Shop and Diadora had come together to launch our third collaboration on the Diadora B.Elite which was limited to only 50 pairs, with 30 of them being made for sale exclusively at Crepe City, and the other 20 being for friends and family.

A real testament to the Crepe City event itself, the team who are behind it, and just how far they've come that they have stores and brands dropping such low quantity collaborations at their events.

Be sure to check out some of my images below, and stay tuned to @crepecity on Instagram for more!

 

New Balance x Concepts "City Rivalry" Pack

Now I'm not one for Concepts collaborations usually, plenty of people can vouch for my ramblings about their previous work with NB, and I don't own any of their collaborations, but their last few pieces have caught my eye, particularly the Trailbuster in all it's 3M glory, and the 998 from this very recent "City Rivalry" Pack. I've already taken a look at this pack here over on New Balance Gallery, but I got my hands on a couple of pairs thanks to my mate Joe, so I took them out for a spin.

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The New Balance x Concepts “City Rivalry” Pack is a two shoe pack which is inspired by Major League Baseball and the rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees.

Concepts have stores in both New York and Boston, and in case you didn’t know, New Balance infact have a pretty big presence in baseball, and if you were to visit Fenway Park in Boston, you’d be hard pushed to miss the huge New Balance sign which resides there.

So pulling all that together, we have the beginnings of a great collaboration in the form of the “City Rivalry” Pack. As mentioned previously, the pack consists of two shoes, a 997 which represents New York, and a 998, which represents Boston.

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Let’s take a look at the 997 first, and for this model, Concepts have taken cue from the historic design behind the New York Yankees team’s logo, adopted in 1909 and originally a medal signifying the highest decoration for bravery exhibited by public safety officers.

Personally, I think this colour is a little played out, and it definitely isn't my favourite from the pack, but the devil is in the detail. I reckon if Concepts had the option at the time to do some of their previous 998 colourways on a 997, then I  might have bought into them.

Anyway, the 997 comes dressed in a premium teal suede upper with a pebbled leather reflective tongue, leather lining, and a Concepts-branded footbed and custom designed packaging modelled after the well known ballgame snack Cracker Jack.

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Next up is the 998, and most definitely my favourite pair from the pack, and one that I'm glad to have gotten a hold of. I've got a bit of a thing for red shoes to be honest, the Colette 1500's, SNS 577's, and so on, so these are right up there.

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For this shoe, Concepts have executed it in a rust red and green suede as a homage to the clay baseball diamonds around the league, as well as the low saturation greeney grey on the heel wrap inspired by the green facades along the historic Yawkey Way.

Shouts to New Balance UK for the kind gift, it is always greatly appreciated!

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Fred Perry B2 'Halley Stevensons' x hanon

This Spring we join forces with Fred Perry; quintessential English sports brand and creators of the iconic laurel wreath polo shirt. hanon is proud to launch a collaboration on their B2, a classic tennis shoe from the Fred Perry archive.

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For this project we teamed up with legendary textile manufacturer Halley Stevensons. Established in 1864, Halley Stevensons originally produced sail cloth for the fishing fleets of Scotland at their Baltic Works factory in Dundee. Today the company operates from exactly the same premises and is globally recognised as a pioneer and leading manufacturer of oiled and waxed cotton as they continue to supply the outdoor and fashion industry worldwide.

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Launched in the 1980's, Fred Perry's B2 was introduced as a full white tennis shoe with a canvas upper and rubber cup sole. Our hanon edition is a rework of the original model executed in P200 Super Dry - a 100% cotton performance fabric by Halley Stevensons. Densely woven, P200 is an untreated natural material that offers waterproofing and breathability due to the heavy fibres and weaving technique.

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Executed in a blue lagoon colour way, each pair is finished with a plush mint green micro fibre collar lining and leather laminated footbed. Dual branding appears woven on each heel tab whilst our fire logo is detailed on the tongue patches. Three sets of laces come with the shoe and a P200 dust bag completes the package.

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Three sets of laces come with the shoe, as well as a customised box, monogram branded tissue paper, and a P200 dust bag completes the package.

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To accompany the B2 Halley Stevensons shoe, hanon will release a special edition M12 polo shirt. Made in England, the Fred Perry M12 polo shirt hasn’t changed in over 60 years since it was first designed by Fred Perry himself. The all white M12 is made from combed cotton pique and features the trademark details; tonal twin tipping detail on the collar and cuffs, two-button placket, tonal embroidered Laurel Wreath and is finished off with a Fred Perry x hanon label.

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The Fred Perry M12 polo shirt will come available with a four die-cut enamel button set, which features our flame, Keeps on Burning and Chosen Few logos.

hanon x Fred Perry B2 ‘Halley Stevensons’ is released on Saturday, 30th April 2016. You can check out more details here.

NB Gallery 2 - NB1 Custom

Last month, I was lucky enough to get the chance to design two pairs of New Balance from the NB1 custom site, which you can find here. It's taken some time to get round to shooting each pair, but first up, I've taken a look at "NB Gallery 2".

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I don't know about you, but over the last few years, I've spent a lot of time on the New Balance custom site designing colourways on the 574, and then the 998 when it was introduced not so long ago, so it was good to finally get my hands on a couple of pairs. The current options at the time of designing were suede and mesh, along with reflective detailing, but currently nubuck leather accents are also available.

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In total, there are 18 parts that you can customise on the 998, and my wish list on the NB site was already stacked full of previous designs, but I wanted to create something new, and go with something that would be super wearable for me, so it was a no brainer to start the base colour off with navy on the saddle, tongue, and base underlay. The 'navy' actually turned out to be a lot darker than I had thought it would be, and looks almost black.

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Usually, you would use a darker colour around the toe wrap and heel wrap, but I went with 'ocean blue' on these areas, as well as matching the lining and tongue stitching.

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Next up are there accents, which include the base accent, and heel accent, and for these two parts, I wanted there to be some form of reflective detailing on the shoes, so these were the perfect places for it. I used 'juniper', which is one of my favourite colourways available from the current palette, and I think it adds the perfect amount of pop against the navy and ocean blue.

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For the two piece 'N', I've always been a fan of a reflective backer, so I went with reflective 'juniper' to match the other reflective accents, and then 'asteroid' on the top piece, also in reflective material. You can also customise the speed lace and the collar accent, which are molded plastic pieces, and I just used 'black' on these to keep things simple and discreet.

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Now to onto the rear of the shoe, which is one of the most customisable areas because of the fact this is where you can really personalise the design with some text. I was tempted to not bother at all, but I ended up going very simple with "NB" on the left heel, and "GALLERY2" on the right shoe, both in 'navy' so that it blended it rather than stood out. While we're on the subject of the heel area, I used 'asteroid' for the heel tab, and 'ocean blue' for the NB logo stitching.

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There's not much left to go over now, just the laces and the sole unit. For the laces, if they aren't white, I always try to match the laces to the midsole colour, or to the tongue colour, so I went with 'navy'. There are only four sole unit options, and I wanted to make use of two of them since I was designing two pairs, so for this pair, I went with the 'cyclone' sole unit as it best matched the colourway of the upper.

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Check out what they look like on-foot below, and stay tuned to my site and www.newbalancegallery.co.uk for more on NB1 in the future. I still have one more personal design to cover, as well as some exciting content to come for NB1 themselves. In the meantime, if you want to check out my design on the NB1 site, then click here. Big shout to NB1 for giving me the opportunity!

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Karhu Aria "Birch & Juniper" Pack

Now that I'm working at HANON, I pretty much get access to all footwear that comes through our doors, and the drops from Karhu that I've managed to get a hold of have really impressed me. Towards the end of last year the dropped a couple of colourways in the Aria, and three colourways in the Fusion 2.0, followed by a collaboration with Patta on the latter model.

Kicking off this year, they're releasing the Karhu Aria "Birch & Juniper" Pack, and they just might be the best drop I've seen from them!

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The Karhu Aria "Birch & Juniper" Pack will be launching at HANON on Thursday 25th of February at 00:01GMT (I'll post the links down the page), so let's take a look at both pairs in a little more detail.

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First up, the Karhu Aria "Juniper", which features an upper of rich pigskin suede.

Taken from the good people at Karhu, "a juniper tree twists and turns into unique shapes like a great journey and signifies the ability of staying true to oneself. Leaving winter behind, "kataja" (Finnish for juniper), is represented by the blue and orange which signify the berries, while the green and tan portrays the leaves and rich forest soil."

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You'll be able to grab a pair from HANON here from February 26th at 00:01GMT.

Complimenting the Karhu Aria "Juniper" perfectly is the Aria "Birch" which again comes in a rich pigskin suede make-up.

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Again, taken from Karhu, "Birch, or "koivu" in Finnish, is a highly flammab wood, and can catch fire even when wet, and is often used by woodsmen to light fires when in need of warmth. Symbolising new beginnings and cleansing of the past, the 'koivu' colours of light brown, tans and soft greys, are accented with the blues and yellow of the Spring months."

If the Karhu Aria "Birch" takes your fancy, then you'll be able to grab a pair from HANON here from February 26th at 00:01GMT.

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