The highly anticipated second chapter of Fab Five drops 18th October.
ellesse heritage have teamed up with five of the world’s most revered stores to rework five archive ellesse sneaker styles from the late 70s and 80s. Each store was selected for their specific and inspirational personalities. As an extension to last year the designers were offered complete creative control, allowing them to change colours, fabrications and design details on each shoe. The project brings five unique tastes, subcultures and crafts to ellesse’s glorious history.
Atmos - Tokyo
Japan’s most famed sneaker store chose the classic Marathon ‘84 to work on. A vintage runner created for the 1984 Marathon; and one of ellesse’s most celebrated styles. Atmos bring their typical abstract tastes to the table; a controversial all over red pantone, symbolising good luck in Japan, Picasso inspired artwork and sock print for that eclectic Atmos touch.
Present - London
Present is invited to rework the Poli runner, which was worn by Marathon winner Gianni Poli in 1986. Paying tribute to their love of menswear and staying true to Present’s typical finesse, only the champagne of fabrics will do, with Harris Tweed being the fabrication of choice.
Special - Milan
The Assist was originally released as a basketball shoe and later adopted by the west coast skate scene, made famous by skateboarding pro Natas Kaupas in the 80s cult classic ‘Streets On Fire.’ Some cheeky Italian flair is added to the original, throwing some patent and ostrich leather into the mix. The long awaited navy, red and white colourway is reborn.
AMEN - Munich
Core German sneaker store, ‘AMEN’, bring their signature minimalist precision to the 117; the ellesse style most celebrated by the sneaker community and recently updated by customiser NASHMONEY. Tech styling is added with 3M touches and perforated leather, with the final result being a functional futuristic sneaker set to have a big impact.
Kin - Shanghai
Kin is invited to place their ethos on the oldest of ellesse’s runner styles, The Fava. The typically late 70’s silhouette is preserved and reformed with the delicacy of Horween leather.
Watch out for our Fab Five teaser videos dropping this week.
October 09, 2012