The Asics Art In Motion collection is a three-piece pack created in collaboration with Southeast Asian artists who reimagined three iconic Asics sneakers — Kenji Chai from Malaysia put his spin on the Gel-1130; Irin from Thailand interprets the Japan S, and Tobyato from Singapore puts his finishing touches on the Novablast.
Launching April 28, the Asics silhouettes have become the canvas on which these artists can showcase their craft, while honoring their personal and artistic journeys. The end result is art that you can wear!
Model: Gel-1130 by Kenji Chai
Approx. price: S$189
Malaysian graffiti artist Kenji reference his iconic alter ego “Chaigo” inspired by street dogs in his take on the Gel-1130. Kenji draws inspiration from the animations, comics and storybooks of his childhood, as evidenced by the clean lines, simple patterns, and vibrant colors. In developing the colorway for his Gel-1130, Kenji references Chaigo’s iconic pairing of camo prints, teal blue, and neon orange color scheme.
Model: Japan S by Irin
Approx. price: S$149
Multihyphenate artist Irin Ariyatanaporn (Ann) applies her detailed and intricate doodles to the Japan S, Asics’ iconic heritage basketball sneaker. The sneakers are designed to replicate the colors and materials seen on basketball courts as a nod to the heritage of the Japan S. The sneaker features traditional leather construction while the overlays have been designed to mirror the texture and color of smooth modern basketballs. The final touches are the cream graphics, vectors and outsole that replicate the colors of the hardwood floor of basketball courts. This detailed approach makes Irin’s Japan S an art piece dedicated to the history of basketball.
Model: Novablast by Tobyato
Approx. price: S$229
Tobyato’s Novablast draws inspiration from the traditional Chinese motifs of Yin and Yang. His design balances out the bold hits of black with white. While so creating a perfect synergy between the prints that cover the mesh upper of the runner. The defining element of the sneaker is the pops of pink on the Asics logo, tongue tab, and outsole that the pairs carry.
Visit the Art in Motion collection pop-up at Alchemist @ Design Orchard, which runs from April 29 to May 1, to get a rare glimpse into the artists’ process through interactive walkthroughs. Each artist gets their own specific zone which showcases their design inspiration and the story behind their shoe. The pop-up is open from 11am to 6pm each day.
• Exclusive gifts with every purchase of the shoes from the collection, which includes drawstring bags and shoe charms designed by the artists.
• Win a chance to design a wooden shoe stand with Tobyato with every purchase of his Asics Novablast.
The Asics Art in Motion collection will drop in Singapore on April 28 at Asics.com, selected Asics stores, and Foot Locker Orchard Gateway.
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