Highsnobiety x Diadora join forces in a unique Berlin-inspired collaboration
Pictures have been around for a few days now, but we finally got some info on the upcoming Highsnobiety and Diadora collab. Here's a few words from the creators, taken from the official Diadora Talk Facebook group:
he first of two collaborations between the
brands to celebrate Diadora’s 70th anniversary, the summer 2018 capsule is inspired by Berlin and contains a pair of N9002 sneakers, a two-piece tracksuit, a pair of sliders, and abeach towel.
The capsule drops exclusively at Highsnobiety.com from Thursday June 28.
The focal point of the collection is one of Berlin’s most famous landmarks—the KaiserWilhelm Memorial Church (Gedächtniskirche) in the West of the city. The collection was
designed by Highsnobiety in close collaboration with Hikmet Sugoer who, next to being a globally known sneaker legend in his own right, is a proud born ‘n’ raised Berliner who spent his teens hanging out at the square in front of the former church. The square—between the bombed-out former church and the Europa Center's neon signs—was a central hangout place for Berlin's hip-hop, breakdancing, and skate scene before and after the Wall came down.
For the Highsnobiety x Diadora capsule, Sugoer uses the church for the capsules color palette, with gray and silver stone, reflective gold foil from the clock face, and distinct patina of the half-ruined copper roof for the capsule's core green colorway.
The lookbook, features two Berlin hip-hop legends, Taktlos and Frauenarzt.
The collection and full lookbook will debut as part of an exclusive invite-only event inside the evocative golden interior of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Appropriate gift shop merchandise such as postcards, stickers, and silk screen print posters will be available for purchase.
Proceeds from the Highsnobiety x Diadora gift shop will be donated to a selected charity that shares the ethos and message of the location and the story of this collaboration.
Highsnobiety x Diadora N9002
Born originally as a neutral performance running shoe in 1992, the Highsnobiety re-interpretation of the N9002 sees an unprecedented combination of Kangaroo leather with premium suede and nylon in the upper.
This is then enriched by alcantara lining to ensure maximum softness and comfort. Details such as 3M reflective silver reinforcements and Highsnobiety gold foil logo print on the tongue complete the shoe. The sneaker comes with three laces options—all with gold plated metal lace tips—alongside an additional pair of printed inner soles depicting the Memorial Church.
Highsnobiety x Diadora Track Suit
Crafted according to the OG design specs from 1992, the Highsnobiety x Diadora tracksuit is remade in 2018 from soft nylon taslan fabric. Precious details such as 3M reflective silver inserts, silver embroidered Diadora and Highsnobiety logos, high-quality mesh lining, and a unique color combination to match with the N9002 also feature—all as a nod to one of Berlin’s most monumental buildings, the Gedächtniskirche. Unique taping with Highsnobiety logo and reflective details finish off the luxe street two-piece, running down the jacket
sleeves and bottoms’ side paneling.
Highsnobiety x Diadora Sliders
Following the color scheme of the Highsnobiety x Diadora N9002 sneaker and tracksuit, the capsule’s sliders are based on Diadora’s design for the Serifos 90 but have been re-worked with a premium suede upper and an embossed tone-on-tone Highsnobiety logo at the
center. Gold embossed Diadora and Highsnobiety branding appears on the medial (inner) and lateral (outer) sides of the footwear with Diadora’s logo on footbed.
Highsnobiety x Diadora Beach Towel
Rounding out the summer capsule is the beach towel. The towel drives underscores the green city that is Berlin and its place as the inspiration behind this collaboration. The towel reinterprets the German capital city’s flag in the capsule collections colorway, with the Berlin Bear—the city’s icon—placed at the center.