Both founded in 1989, Japan's United Arrows & Sons and Italy's Slam Jam are retailers that have since become the standard-bearers for contemporary fashion in their respective home countries. They've now joined forces for the adidas Consortium Sneaker Exchange, building a collaboration on a foundation of locally-sourced premium materials. The collaboration centers around two classic adidas silhouettes: the Campus, featuring an all-white upper using 100% organic cotton, referencing high-quality Japanese IKEUCHI ORGANIC toweling, and the Gazelle, carrying a chalk white upper made of of Alcantara, the high-quality material created in 1972 by a joint venture between Japanese and Italian companies. Rounding out the details are special branding details, including a "United Arrows & Sons and Slam Jam" print appearing on the Campus' midsole and laces, while "Gazelle" and "Gat-zelle" -- the original Japanese name for the model -- are inscribed on either side of its counterpart.
Both pairs initially launch September 22nd at United Arrows & Sons and Slam Jam stores, and their respective online stores at unitedarrowsandsons.jp and slamjamsocialism.com. A global release through Consortium accounts follows on October 7th.
9/22/17 (Friday) - United Arrows & Sons and Slam Jam
10/7/17 (Saturday) - Global Consortium accounts