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In the Hongdae neighborhood of Seoul, Mina Kwon, an illustrator, says her style is influenced by hip-hop and androgyny.
Fabolous and Teyana Taylor linked up with Packer Shoes and Ewing Athletics for the Ewing 33 Hi “Fame And War” pack. Each artist helped designed a shoe with Fabolous going with a black, green and red design while Teyana Taylor went for the gold look. The line was wrapped around the corner at SOBs at the NYC release. Check the video above and photos below.
Video & Photos by Gerard Victor
The black/”OG” edition of the “Aloysius” 33 High by Packer Shoes & Fabolous was designed to serve as a medal of honor for all of the bravery Patrick has displayed on the court and his formidable defense. Constructed using the highest quality luxurious full grain leather hides ever used by the factory, the main design cue comes in the form of custom “Ewing Defence Regiment” crest logo on the tongue which is a direct reference from the Jamaica Defence Force – the combined military force of Patrick’s native land. Staying true to it’s inspiration, the logo contains the original British variant spelling of “defense” with a “c” which correlates to Jamaica’s origins as a British colony.
Additional features include a custom fine woven Chinese Red and Ponderosa Pine Green ankle strap which references the ribbon of the JDF ‘Medal of Honour & Gallantry’. These color accents are continued on the gold tipped shoe laces (alternate white with gold tip laces are provided for customization). Gold accents also adorn the redesigned satin inner lining and the custom metal plated ankle strap buckle and custom “NYC” & “33” ankle plates which represent Patrick’s retired number 33 as member of the Knicks and the city which he represented to the fullest. Hidden inside are custom “Empire State” sublimated insoles which represent the spirit and ‘soul’ of being a true New York icon. Balancing out the design we implemented a stark white outsole with Chinese Red coated midsole for contrast with the classic gum rubber ‘Ewing” basketball on the bottom of the outsole.
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Using a palette of 27 individual colours, Paul has created a typically vibrant and utterly unique version of the Defender that nods to the cars impeccable service history with the Army, Navy and Airforce. The colours also reference the Defender’s ties to British countryside, for which it has been a symbol and ambassador for the past 60 years.
“I wanted deep, rich colours, but at the same time, I wanted them to work together yet be surprising”, says Paul.
Design elements used in the Defender also tie into other recent collaborations, as Paul explains: “I wanted to give this Defender a feeling of luxury. So I used a mix of leather and fabric for the seats. I actually used the fabric that I design for Maharam, the American upholstery company. My designs are known for their attention to detail, so I didn’t want this Defender to be any different.”
With production of the Land Rover Defender due to end in December of this year, this is a fitting tribute to one of Britain the world’s best loved vehicles.
The Paul Smith and Land Rover Defender is being launched the Paul Smith flagship shop on Mayfair’s Albemarle Street today by Paul and Land Rover’s Chief Creative Officer Gerry McGovern, who helped to bring this special collaboration to fruition.