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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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.

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WOMFT – Asics Gel Lyte III x hanon shop ‘Wildcats’

Back in 2011, hanon shop released the Asics Gel Lyte III ‘Wildcats’, a shoe which pays homage to a local grass roots running club called ‘The Wildcats’, and is one of my personal favourite shoes in my collection, despite the loud colour way clashing with all the grey, black and navy I wear (boring, tell me about it). The shoe features a mustard yellow and burgundy upper, of lush suede and nubuck, with 3M tiger stripes for good measure.

I don’t wear these much, and to be honest I sold most of my GLIII’s and other Asics when everyone was going mad for them, so this is only one of two GLIII’s that I have left, but these will never leave me. I still wish I had kept some of the other pairs of the Wildcats that I had, so I could wear these a bit more, but hindsight is a wonderful thing, eh?

Anyway, I remember the release for these, well, not the whole queuing outside on  Friday/Saturday release as I never went, but hanon had an event on the Thursday night prior to the release which involved good people, Japanese beer, and the chance to grab yourself a pair of the shoes before everyone else! I remember heading there with my friend Kev, it was quite quiet,  mostly older guys, friends of the store and that, but still good vibes. I imagine it would be massively different if hanon put on an event like that now, who knows, maybe they’ll do something in November when their take on the GLIII for its 25th Anniversary releases.

If there is, be sure to check back here for a full write up, there’ll definitely be a write up of the instore release anyway!

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hanon shop x Onitsuka Tiger x Asics “Glover Pack” – In-store Release

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The last Saturday of September saw the instore launch of the hanon shop x Onitsuka Tiger x Asics “Glover Pack”, a joint collaboration which pays homage to Japanese and Scottish pivotal figure, Thomas Glover.

Both the Colorado 85, and Gel Epirus weren’t very well received, despite hanon’s continual excellent work on each and every collaboration they do, but the problem was more so with the models, rather than the colourways. It seems like every person wants to see the same silhouettes (GLIII, GLV) being used for EVERY collaboration, which I’m sure you can agree, it would get very boring if this was the case, so I welcome the working on other models.

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Surprisingly, the turn out wasn’t as large as the recent Reebok release, but as always, the locals were still out in force to support their local independent store, and many punters left with both the Onitsuka Tiger and the Asics.

The Onitsuka Tiger Colorado 85 is decked out in a black and golden yellow colourway in lux perforated suede, nubuck and synthetic overlays. The speckled lace-stay and screened in-sock, along with the embossed moustache on the back representing Thomas Glover’s iconic moustache are all great touches.

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The Asics Gel Epirus isn’t the strongest model from Asics’ arsenal but it looks great with the plush mix of mint green suede, with purple nubuck overlays, closed mesh vamp, red quilted collar lining and a superb screened tartan in-sock. Like the Colorado 85, the Epirus also has some embossing on the heel, but this comes in the form of a thistle, the inspiration of this colourway.

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It certainly felt like the general consensus was that both shoes were much more appealing once you got a feel of them in the flesh, and tried them on to see how they look. The standout for the Gel Epirus being the lush tropical green and purple colourway, with the gum sole, and the Colorado 85’s matching speckle laces to compliment the speckles on the upper.

Below are a few quick on-foot shots of both the Colorado 85, and the Gel Epirus; thanks to Adeel for being my brief instore on-foot model while he tried both pairs on.

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Check out some shots below from some of those who were queuing on Saturday morning.

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hanon shop x Onitsuka Tiger x Asics – “Glover Pack”

Following on from the teaser images and video, which was released last week, here are all the details you need to know about the upcoming hanon shop x Onitsuka Tiger x Asics “Glover Pack” collaboration, through the Family and Friends program.

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Connecting ASICS and Onitsuka Tiger’s Japanese origins with hanon’s roots in Scotland, we pay tribute to the original Scottish samurai and legendary explorer Thomas Glover.

Hailing from Aberdeenshire in the north east of Scotland, Thomas Glover arrived in Japan in the mid 19th century as a shipping merchant trading in green tea. Within a few years he had played a crucial part in overthrowing the establishment supplying the rebelling Samurai clans with Scottish designed ships and modern arms. As well as introducing the first steam train in Japan he was a pivotal figure in the industrialisation of the country and is today regarded as a national hero.

Inspiration for our collaboration comes about from both Thomas Glover’s Scottish roots and adopted home in Japan.

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Onitsuka Tiger’s Colorado 85 is the first of the two. Inspiration for this style is drawn from Japan – the land of the rising sun. Finished in a black and golden yellow colour-way we reworked the shoe from its original trail application to a mix of lux perforated suede, nubuck and synthetic overlays. A speckled lace-stay and screened in-sock loosely depict Thomas Glover’s trading in tea whilst his iconic moustache is embossed on the heel and a shimmering silver collar lining Tiger stripes nod to the enduring influence he had in Japan’s Industrial revolution.

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Completing the pack, hanon reworked the GEL-EPIRUS – a classic runner from the ASICS archive. Both the colour-way and application depict the thistle which is the national emblem of Scotland. Executed in a plush mix of mint green suede with purple nubuck overlays the shoe features a closed mesh vamp, red quilted collar lining and screened tartan in-sock. Attention to detail appears by way of an embossed thistle detail on the heel overlays as well as our flame called out on the footbed.

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hanon x ASICS x Onitsuka Tiger Tiger ‘Glover’ pack is released on Saturday September 27th 2014. Each pair will come available with additional lace sets and screened cotton dust bag.

Be sure to check out more shots of both the Onitsuka Tiger Colorado 85 and Asics Gel Epirus below:

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TEASER: hanon shop x Onitsuka Tiger x Asics – “Glover Pack”

The collaborations are coming thick and fast, the last two years have felt like a bit of a collab conveyor belt in all honesty, and with countless pairs dropping each month, it gets a bit hard to keep up. Anyway, 11 months on from hanon shop’s last work with Onitsuka Tiger, they’re back again, but this time with a joint collaboration between themselves, Onitsuka Tiger and Asics.

Just this week, the first teaser images were released, along with a teaser video, which doesn’t exactly follow the usual script, and is enough to make anyone feel like they’re on a weird trip. It’s genius. Check them out below.

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So what can we take from the video and the images?

First off, the name of the pack – “Glover Pack” – paying homage to Thomas Blake Glover, a man who’s name may not mean much to you, but he hails from Aberdeen and was a bit of a phenomenon in Japan. (when the full images release, I’ll focus more on the man himself, for a bit of background).

Well, there’s two shoes to start with, with the Onitsuka Tiger looking like another Colorado 85, partnered up with an Asics Gel Epirus. Not exactly everyone’s favourite models, but you’ve got to make the most of what you’re given!

Stepping away from the models, and onto the colourways; the thistle and the moustache seem to play a key part in the video, so we can expect the colourways of the shoes to somehow reflect this.

Keep an eye out for the full images to be released early next week, and as always, I’ll have all the details on my blog.

WOMFT – 1300JP x Wildcats II x Saga 24 Kilates

I met up with a couple of friends the other day and spent most of our time messing around in puddles, so here’s some of the shots;

Myself – 1300JP

Steve (veyronstevo) – Onitsuka Wildcats II

Mark (s3mgw) – Asics 24Kilates

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NOTE – Not all shots are by me, they are a collection of shots by thomaslindie, veyronstevo and s3mgw.