Following the introduction of Y-3 Atelier earlier this year, adidas and Japanese luxury brand Yohji Yamamoto present the first footwear style from their experimental new line: the Y-3 ITOGO. The shoe’s name is derived from a carefully considered combination of the Japanese word for “Thread” – “Ito” – and “Five” – “Go”.
The groundbreaking sneaker is made from only five components, each being highlighted on the shoe by number: 1. Elastic Straps; 2. Knitted Upper; 3. Boost Midsole; 4. Rubber Cupsole; 5. Thread. Designed as a push to rethink the lifecycle of footwear, and forgoing the use of glue, each component is assembled using a hand-stitched process. This silhouette can be fully dismantled if the owner decides to cut the threads. Additional highlights include branding on the straps, along with the signature of Yohji Yamamoto on the tongue and bottom of the gum outsole.
Yamamoto is a Japanese fashion designer based in Tokyo and Paris. He is considered a master tailor and is famous for his avant-garde tailoring featuring Japanese design aesthetics. The designer’s technique consists of wide cuts, exotic and luxurious materials and elaborate handicrafts. He attempts to make his clothes from the back and not from the front and prefers to use dark colors.
The designer has received several notable awards for his contributions to fashion, including the Chevalier/Officier/Commandeur of Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon, the Ordre national du Mérite, the Royal Designer for Industry and the Master of Design award by Fashion Group International.
Scheduled to drop on March 16th in two monochromatic colorways, the Y-3 ITOGO is available globally at adidas.com/y-3, on CONFIRMED, in store, and through select retailers.
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