hanon shop x Diadora Borg Elite “Spirit of ’83” – In-store Release

hanon shop’s latest collaboration was with Diadora on the Borg Elite model, named the “Spirit of ’83”, and you can take a look at the inspiration for the shoe here.

It had felt like an absolute age since the last hanon shop collaboration, I’m certainly struggling to remember when I was at an in-store release for one, but anyway, the “Spirit of ’83” had generated a huge amount of interest over the last few weeks, so a big turnout was expected come Saturday morning at 10am when the shop opened it’s doors.

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hanon shop x Diadora Borg Elite “The Spirit of ’83”

It feels like it’s been a while since hanon shop of Aberdeen released a collaboration, but this October, they’re back, and are collaborating with Italian sports brand Diadora to present “The Spirit of ’83.

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Crepe City 13

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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!

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Aberdeen Roaming

On Friday afternoon, myself and Jordan (@jordanmb1994) went out and explored a couple of spots in Aberdeen; the first was Fittie, a small area of houses located at the harbour, and the second was the Brig o’ Balgownie, another small area of houses but this time located on the River Don.

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hanon shop x Diadora N.9000 ‘Transit II’ – In-store Release

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The most anticipated hanon shop release of the year was finally upon us after pictures of a sample surfaced back in March, and it was sure to be an extremely busy morning.

Arriving at 6:30am, the queue already stemmed past down the restaurant next door with around 20 people there; some even travelling from south of the border to make sure they got their hands on a pair of the Transit II. As to be expected with a hanon shop collaboration, each shoe came with a dustbag, spare lace sets, and the first 30 lucky customers were to receive a Made in Italy Diadora ‘Continua a Bruciare’ t-shirt complimentary with the shoes, so everyone was eager to make sure they were within the limit to complete the great instore release package.

Following on from the first release, you may be familiar with the term ‘Saturday Special’ and know it to be a public transport service which ran throughout the UK in the 80’s, and the ‘Transit II’ also draws it’s inspiration from a similar transport service. 

As has been the case with the Diadora N.9000 releases this year, each and every pair has been hand crafted in Italy, and the Transit II features a premium pig suede upper, kangaroo leather on the tongue overlay, logo side stripe, vamp and heel tab, then nubuck toe and heel wraps, and finally, OG closed mesh. 

The colour palette of the shoe is based more on the old British Rail trains, and that’s where the marine green and yellow on the upper comes from. Add to that some clean white mesh, red accents, and then you have an extremely well executed colourway.

As always, the guys at hanon never fail to impress with their details – old school multi print on the in sock and tongue backer, with dual branding embroidered on the heel and tongues.

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As was expected, the turn out for the release was great, with old and new faces there, and multiple pairs being bought by each customer. It’s a testament to hanon shop themselves, that they can continually put out great collaborations.

A big shout out to the hanon shop team for a smooth release on the day!

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Check out some shots below from the release, and a special thanks to Adeel for taking the reigns on this one and photographing the on-foots and some of the queue.

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hanon shop x Diadora N.9000 ‘Transit II’

Here’s all the details you need to know about the second collaboration between hanon shop and Diadora, another reworking of the N.9000 which has been named ‘Transit II’.

The 1st of November 2014 sees the release of the Diadora x Hanon Shop N.9000 dubbed ‘Transit II’ and it is the counterpart to ‘The Saturday Special’, the return journey if you must. Some may be familiar with the term ‘Saturday Special’ and know it to be a public transport service which ran throughout the UK in the 80’s, and the ‘Transit II’ also draws it’s inspiration from a similar transport service. 

Focussing on the impact of Italian sportswear and their exquisite use of material treatments on both football boots and tennis shoes, hanon have put their take on this shoe. Each and every pair is hand crafted in Italy with a premium pig suede upper, kangaroo leather on the tongue overlay, logo side stripe, vamp and heel tab, then nubuck toe and heel wraps, and finally, OG closed mesh. 

The colour palette of the shoe is based more on the old British Rail trains, and that’s where the marine green and yellow on the upper comes from. Add to that some clean white mesh, red accents, and then you have an extremely well executed colourway.

As always, the guys at hanon never fail to impress with their details – old school multi print on the in sock and tongue backer, with dual branding embroidered on the heel and tongues.

There will also be three sets of laces and a dust bag with every pair, and the first 30 lucky customers instore will receive a specially made ‘Continua a bruciare’ Diadora tee.

Look for release on the 1st of November instore at hanon shop at 10am, and any remaining pairs will be online at 2pm.

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