BED j.w. FORD x adidas Originals collection

by Henrik Buzzi

Founded in 2010 by Shinpei Yamagishi, BED j.w. FORD has evolved into one of the leading lights of Japan’s energetic crop of young fashion brands. Designer Shinpei Yamagishi is completely self-taught, channelling his admiration both for renowned designers from his home country – Y-3’s Yohji Yamamoto amongst them – and from further afield. You can see traces of the European avant-garde in the brand’s DNA, though the striking silhouettes and bold color palettes remain utterly distinct. For this new collaboration with adidas, Shinpei Yamagishi and his team have crafted a cut and paste-style capsule collection of panelled apparel pieces, accompanied by three eye-catching new sneaker styles.

For the three footwear styles, BED j.w. FORD worked with a jet black, monochrome palette, allowing the distinctive constructions and silhouettes of each to take centre-stage. First up is a new take on the adidas Kamanda, a football-inspired modern terrace classic that is here presented in a mid-top, sock-style mix of premium nubuck leather and PK fabric. The next pair moves the reference points from the field to the court, with a multi-panelled iteration of the Crazy BYW basketball shoe. The final footwear style is a distinctly forward-facing take on a perhaps lesser-known model from the adidas archives: the adidas Korsika. The deck-style moccasin is here updated with the playful insertion of the sock liner that appears across all three pairs, while retaining the traditional premium feel of the originals across the remainder of the uppers. Prominent adidas branding and reflective detailing bring the shoe in line with the rest of the BED j.w. FORD capsule collection – a subtle but assertive coming together of the brand’s progressive fashion design language and respect for adidas’ iconic sportswear heritage. Dropping at selected retailers September 20.