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.
First of all, a very Happy New Year to all who read my blog! I hope 2015 was a great year for you all, and I wish you and your families all the best for 2016!
Secondly, I haven’t had much of a chance to post regularly on my blog over the last couple of months, mainly due to the amount I’ve been working, but I wanted to do a post where I rounded up all of the highlights in 2015 for myself.
This post is pretty much two months late, but I really hate having loose ends, so better late than never, right?
Crepe City 14 was to be my 7th Crepe City event in a row, and I think that’s pretty good going if I’m honest, but the CC team work tirelessly to put on an amazing event each and every time, and I’m happy to call those guys my friends. Always happy to support them when possible!
The 14th instalment of Crepe City was held at Truman Brewery just off Brick Lane in East London on the 31st of October. Halloween celebrations were put on the back-burner as thousands flocked to try and grab a grail or pick up a bargain.
If you can remember any of my previous Crepe City round-up posts, I’ve started almost every one of them by saying how each event is bigger and better than the last, but it’s the unavoidable truth, and Crepe City 13 was no different. Although the number 13 may be regarded as an unlucky number for some, it definitely isn’t for Crepe City as they put on another hugely successful event.
The event returned on the 25th of April, and once again, like the previous 5 events, CC13 was held in the Truman Brewery, just off Brick Lane in London’s trendy Shoreditch area. Although the event has been held within many different rooms in the Truman Brewery, it seems like they’re starting to nail down the event space, with this event’s layout being one of the best so far.
Doors opened at midday and the thousands of punters who’d been eagerly waiting started to file in and check out what was on offer. They were greeted in the first room by a mixture of brands and sellers, with Jason Markk offering a cleaning service (but we’re sure everyone’s kicks were spotless anyway) as well as their collaboration with Crepe City.
If you were looking for socks, then you didn’t have to go very far, as Stance Socks were also on hand with their huge range of socks available for purchase, as well as a seat on their sofa if you fancied chilling out.
For the first time ever, new footwear brand Akio were on hand to showcase their Orion trainer in a bunch of colourways, which all looked really quite impressive. Definitely a brand to keep an eye on, very much looking forward to seeing what those guys do.
Since we’ve detailed the brands in the first room, we might as well just carry on with this format and move into the second room which housed brands such as, The Basement who had collaborated with Crepe City on tees and pins, available to buy on the day, as well as Dutty Streetwear, and KWills. This room was constantly busy, but was well worth persevering the crowds to check out some of the clothing and accessories on offer.
Swiftly moving through The Basement (which probably should have been in the basement) area of Crepe City, the next room named The Street housed Diadora who’s N9000 collaborations have been causing a storm of late and were all on display here, and you could also pick up one of the fifty pairs of the exclusive N9000 MM which were available, debuting Diadora’s use of no-sew technology. The good people over at Ropes Laces had their second collaboration with Crepe City available for purchase, and these proved to be a massive hit on the day.
This room also featured the UK’s own Soleheaven who regularly attend the event with a great selection of footwear on offer, and also heavyweights Main Source who had loads of rare deadstock goodness available. Crepe City isn’t just about footwear, clothing and accessories, Luke’s Barbershop were on hand to provide hair cuts if you so desired.
By this point, you were probably ready to grab a drink or some food, and the adjacent room offered all of the above, with burgers and cans of Red Stripe aplenty. I tell you, those picnic benches were a lifesaver, great spot to hang out.
The next room was a welcome addition to Crepe City this time around, and aptly named the Crepe City Boutique, this was an area that catered for the ladies, bursting with sneakers, clothing and accessories. Fingers crossed that this area gets carried over to the future events, and big props to the ladies behind it.
However, like previous events, Puma were in attendance and they had situated themselves within this room, and were showcasing some of their latest releases, such as the Alife (which have just dropped) and Solebox collaborations, as well as a number of general releases.
Moving downstairs now, and into one of the lower levels at Truman Brewery, this space was separated with two large rooms. Heavy hitters Prime were tucked away in the corner but their wealth of rare Air Max never ceases to amaze no matter how many times you’ve seen them.
Also, Josh Cole, a name that may ring familiar had an extremely impressive setup once again with tonnes of amazing vintage pairs that was well worth checking out even if you had no intention of buying anything.
A couple of new additions to Crepe City this time around were YR Store who offered a custom t-shirt and sweatshirt printing service, as well as Crepe Cam, which done the often tiresome task of taking a shot of your footwear, but with a 360 degree twist.
The last room was the closest to the exit, but this didn’t mean that the CC team had neglected it in the slightest, as the Crooked Tongues Forum crew were representing with a couple of tables, and also UK retailer Wellgosh with a huge amount of excellent stock from their store.
Another extremely successful event, which wouldn’t of been possible without the continued effort of the Crepe City crew, and also all the sellers, traders, retailers, DJs, caterers, brands, and punters who pass through on the day. Keep killing it!
It felt like only yesterday I was at Crepe City 11 in the largest room at the infamous Old Truman Brewery, just off Shoreditch’s well known treasure, Brick Lane. However, it was in fact three months on from the last event, and for the 5th event in a row, it was held at the same venue, but with a different set of rooms. ‘Bigger and better’ is a term used often when we talk about Crepe City – Europe’s largest trainer event – but there’s definitely a lot of truth in the saying, with thousands of people flocking down to buy/sell/trade or merely just check out the thousands of pairs of trainers on show.
As has been the case now with so many of the Crepe City events, there was not only trainers on show, but various rooms at Truman Brewery were awash with accessories, streetcar, vintage clothing, customisers, artists, and much much more. Most importantly, the food and drink selection was the best yet, and a particular drink which tasted like apple pie went down an absolute treat!
Sellers travel from both the UK and abroad, as well as named brands such as Puma, and stores such as Wellgosh who also regularly make the effort to sell stock at reduced prices, or even display current and upcoming releases. This time however, it has to be said that the display put on by K-Swiss stole the show, displaying their upcoming Si-18, along with a number of other vintage pairs.
The Huarache craze seems to have been fizzling out of late, but Huarache aficionado Clyde Vellacott made sure everyone’s favourite Huarache colourways were on display, even if he was at the other side of the world.
UK’s own Ropes Laces had recently collaborated with Crepe City to produce a set of three laces, with individual pairs also for sale, along with a special black set made for F&F of both parties. Weather in the UK needs no introduction, it’s a bit hit and miss, a miss for the most part, so taking care of your trainers is imperative, and the likes of Jason Markk (with Jason Markk himself there paying a special visit), Liquiproof and Sneaky Brand were there to demonstrate and sell their product.
If there was anything to take from this event in comparison to the last event, I think it was felt that the vast space all on one floor and in one room, which was used for Crepe City 11 seemed to finally give the event a proper convention feel, and was preferred by many. Maybe we’ll see this return in future with a few improvements, but don’t let the separate rooms take anything away from the event, as the Crepe City organisers spent weeks refining everything and anything, and it was a huge success, so big ups to them all!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Check out some shots below from some of those who were queuing on Saturday morning.