While best known for his role in the Hong Kong film franchise Infernal Affairs, which was the base for Martin Scorsese’s 2006 production The Departed, Shawn Yue doubled as an all-around entertainer in his spare time. In addition to continuing his career as a model along with expanding his acting aptitude, Yue is also the designer behind CMSS+, a fashion label based out of Hong Kong. More commonly known as “COMMON SENSE+,” the label’s meteoric rise garnered it numerous collaborations including ones from LUKER by NEIGHBORHOOD, A BATHING APE, and more recently, New Balance.
Designated as Shawn Yue x New Balance MRL996 REVLITE “Common Sense” Edition, Yue asked the design to be understated yet distinctive enough to attract attention, hence a throwback to the original 1989 New Balance M996 with “…just add a touch of imagination and wear it your way to express your individuality,” said Yue. Designed together with Tetsuya Shono, head of New Balance Lifestyle, Yue added special CMSS+ branding along the insole, dubre, and lace tips while left much of the original silhouette intact. And like all other MRL996, the collaboration features the new New Balance’s proprietary REVLITE sole technology. Made mostly with suede and in True Blue colorway, only 996 pairs of Shawn Yue x New Balance MRL996 Revlite “Common Sense+” Edition will be available worldwide this coming Saturday, July 27th.
Release Date: July 27th, 2013 (Saturday)