adidas Originals by Wales Bonner

This season adidas Originals and Wales Bonner continue their ongoing partnership with a Spring/Summer 2023 collection titled ‘Land of Wood and Water’. Encompassing a range of considered references, the central motif is focused on the Caribbean, as the esteemed British designer explores adidas’ lasting presence within Jamaican culture.

The clothing collection reimagines vintage silhouettes through elevated material compositions and refreshing colour palettes. The range draws on the nation’s landscape and environment, presenting elegant sportswear codes and referencing iconic elements of Jamaican style.

The footwear offering sees Wales Bonner explore two archival adidas classics. Staying true to the collaboration’s legacy of elevated details and unexpected touches, the Wales Bonner Samba returns in two makeups: one in a neutral colour palette with a nubuck upper and leather stripes, the other in a silver leather upper with crochet stripes. In addition, the Wales Bonner SL72 Knit sees the designer recontextualise the retro adidas runner with a knitted upper, seen in two colourways which pay homage to Jamaican culture.

Informed by broad research encompassing critical theory, musical composition, literature and history, Wales Bonner embraces a multiplicity of perspectives, proposing a distinct notion of luxury, via a hybrid of European and Afro-Atlantic approaches. Grace Wales Bonner launched her eponymous label in 2014, following her graduation from Central Saint Martins. Established as a menswear brand, Wales Bonner’s soulful tailoring soon expanded to womenswear – in 2015, she was awarded Emerging Menswear Designer at the British Fashion Awards. In 2016, following her first solo runway presentation – Ezekiel, she received the LVMH Young Designer Prize. In 2019, Wales Bonner was invited by Maria Grazia Chiuri to collaborate with Dior to re-interpret their New Look silhouette for the Resort 2020 collection; shortly afterwards she was announced the winner of the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund.

The adidas Originals by Wales Bonner Spring/Summer 2023 collection launches at HIP on 09/06/23 online at 9:00am and in Leeds and Manchester from 10:00am.