The renowned online fashion, design, and art marketplace APOC Store continues to support conscious creation and design innovation by championing the next generation of creatives. And, with its latest drop, the cult-favorite platform has once again demonstrated its unwavering commitment to the cause.
Produced on a made-to-order basis by French designer tareet, the release consists of two sneakers and two mules that juxtapose his more artisanal techniques and materials, including woven fabrics, leathers, cord finishing, and traditional wedding jewelry, with the high-tech ASICS performance material and aesthetic.
For those unfamiliar with the creative, Etienne Diop focuses on “depicting the realities of police violence in France, discrimination based on race, gender, and religion, as well as a colonial past,” and this latest offering comes on the back of his graduation from the MA program at Institut Français de la Mode in Paris.
ASICS footwear has fast become a favorite among the upcycled design and material world, with previous collaborations including London-based designer Helen Kirkum, solidifying its status as a leader in this design technique. We’re excited to see what the young generation of designers will come up with next to continue pushing the industry into a better future.
Naturally, we need to point out the use of animal leathers in these shoes – something we’re keen to see less of (until the point at which we’re seeing none of it). That being said, these aren’t virgin leathers and these shoes are made to order. Nothing is wasted. Which, of course, is still progress.
tareet’s ASICS creations can be found on a made-to-order basis through APOC Store now, with prices ranging from $697-1,901 USD. Check out the silhouettes in the gallery above.
And, if you’re interested in reading more on the potential of upcycling, take a look what Italian fashion label C.P. Company has managed to produce with repurposed fishing nets.