UNITED ARROWS x adidas Originals Autumn & Winter '13 'Japan Pack'

Oct 30th 2013

Following on from their collaborative ZX500 released earlier this year, adidas Originals & UNITED ARROWS have again joined forces for a limited run of two classic silhouettes. As was the case with last season's release the colab forms part of the adidas Originals 'Japan Pack' a drop that fuses the iconic footwear company with some of Japan's most exciting retailers. UNITED ARROWS is a Japanese retail powerhouse and few stores can rival the attention to detail and refined taste that they bring to the table.

Realising their potential adidas Originals have again enlisted the Japanese taste-makers for a colab centred around the same principles as the last release. Just like the ZX500 the Country is a timeless adidas silhouette and one with a great sense of simplicity. It's quite possibly this simplicity and it's clean lines that make the silhouette so appropriate for collaborations. Rather than alter the aesthetic of the shoe UNITED ARROWS have retained it's minimalism, instead opting for intelligent material choices to do the talking. The Country is made from a premium leather with further leather utilised for the stripes and heel tab whilst the Basket Profi is crafted with suede. In addition to a suede exterior the luxury also continues inside with a soft lining facilitating warmth and comfort.

As mentioned, the UNITED ARROWS release is only the first from this season's Japan Pack with a couple more retailers working their magic over the coming weeks. Historically, adidas Originals forays in the far east have sold particularly well, loved for the originality but also how respectful Japanese retailers are of the original silhouette. Although we love companies like mita Sneakers for their off the wall material choices we still value the sensibility that UNITED ARROWS bring to the table too.

Both silhouettes from the first drop of the Japan pack will be available online from November 1st. As can be expected numbers are low and demand is high.

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Fjallraven Autumn & Winter '13 Now Online

Oct 30th 2013

Beginning life in 1950s Sweden Fjallraven has since established itself as one of Europe's premier labels for outdoor intended apparel. Like all good products Fjallraven's first creations were inspired by a real need and a gaping hole in the market. A fourteen year old Åke Nordin was spending more time outside than in and his penchant for the outdoors meant that he was consuming a lot of equipment. Dissatisfied with the shape and functionality of existing products, Ake set about making his first structured backpack in an attempt to evenly distribute weight across his back. The result was an early Kanken, the first backpack of it's kind and a pioneering design that's proven to be one of Fjallraven's most triumphant designs to date.

 photo 2_zps865b5a45.jpgBranding his innovation Fjallraven (arctic fox) Nordin set about emulating the creature's versatillity and adaptable nature. The arctic fox survives in some of the earth's harshest conditions and this is something Fjallraven products are capable of doing too. Transcending the small town the brand begin in Fjallraven is now sold in every corner of the world, providing eager outdoorsmen with the tools they need to combat the elements. It's our first season with the brand here at Triads but we're honoured to be a part of it's storied legacy.

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For autumn and winter '13 we're foccusing on the Fjallraven's most iconic silhouettes and the ones that will last another 50 years, from the functionality of the Greenland Winter to the unbeatbale aesthetic of the Kanken Fjallraven is unbeatable at the things it does best. As well as pioneering silhouettes Fjallraven is credited as the creator of one of the world's best outdoor materials. Their G-1000® fabric is tightly woven, hard-tested and quick-to-dry, providing excellent ventilation, top-grade wind and water resistance, and remarkable durability both indoors and out.

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To see the products featured in more detail head over to our Fjallraven brand category where you'll find our first drop online in it's entirety.

 

 

 

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HYPEBEAST Magazine 'The Process Issue'

Oct 29th 2013

Undoubtedly one of the driving forces in digital media HYPBEAST is one of the most exciting platforms in fashion. HYPEBEAST for many imbedded in the culture is a daily read, from the forums to the shop HYPEBEAST is the go-to digital destination for millions of viewers every week. With these type of internet credentials and years at the top of the game it was only right that the Hong Kong brand branch out into the world of print. 
 
HYPEBEAST's forray into the world of publishing squashes claims that print is second to digital output. Many would be sceptical that a magazine could offer anything different to a blog that's updated 20 times a day but the magazine manages to offer a lot more food for thought. With articles that are a lot more in depth and pages filled with food for thought, the publication slows the pace down and allows the reader to really digest what's going on in the field. HYPEBEAST is often where people hear about a brand first but in a genre that's filled with names the magazine allows us to really get behind the people and products. With this notion in mind we present the 'Process Issue' 
 
In terms of photographic content Issue 5 is as sharp as it's predecessors, with a CP Company featuring shoot in addition to an eye opening Barbour factory visit. Although the imagery is as polished as ever the real appeal of HYPEBEAST is of course the in depth features. The cover story this time round looks at the hallowed Supreme brand, Gary Warnett is granted a rare opportunity to chat with James Jebbia and the two embark on a conversational retrospective taking us all the way back to '94. 


A limited number of HYPEBEAST's 'Process Issue' can now be found in our online store and our Albert Road store in Middlesbrough.

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Head Porter Plus x Reebok Classic 30th Anniversary

Oct 22nd 2013

Although one of Japan's leading luggage experts, the prestigious Head Porter and in particular their Plus label is still relatively hard to find on our humble shores. It's exactly this exclusivity that has made the label cult famous over the years with eager buyers often having to import pieces over from Asia. Reebok have an eye for a good collaboration and 2013, the 30th anniversary of the 'Classic' has seen the brand collaborate with a whole host of tastemakers, Head Porter Plus standing out as one of the finest. 


The shoe itself is a thing of beauty. Rather than just pairing two brand names, Head Porter Plus and Reebok have actually created a product worthy of the hype, a silhouette that's distinct even amongst a 30 year legacy. In terms of materials it's a thoroughly premium encounter too with horsehide sitting next to sumptuous leather all brought together by two pairs of waxed laces. The wacky print and the considered material choices don't take anything away from the silhouette though as the same fantastic shape has been retained making the sleek tried and tested profile better than ever. The design is rounded off appropriately with a customized Head Porter Plus insole further to the Reebok branding found on the tongue. 


Limited numbers of the Reebok x Head Porter Plus colab will be available online in the Reebok brand section from 00.01 Saturday October 26th with remaining pairs hitting our shop floor the next morning.

 

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adidas Originals 'RUN THRU TIME' 00s Pack

Oct 21st 2013

adidas Originals have took us on a journey through time with their 'RUN THRU TIME' pack and took us through some of their most historic running silhouettes. The release comes to it's climax today as the brand present the third and final instalment based on the 00s. Using three time staggered models but reworking them with the same materials the brand has brought old silhouettes up to date whilst pushing forward with pioneering technology in the process.

Having already taken us through the 80s and the 90s the final edition takes a look at the 00s, a time when foccus seams to have shifted ever so slightly to simpler colourways and premium makeups. The three featured models are arguably at their strongest in the 00s with premium suede and subtle accents used throughout. Everything that's iconic about each individual model has of course been retained and from the ahead-of-time Torsion system to today's adiPrene there's a lot of technology on offer from a pack that is so aesthetically considered.

All three releases are now available under the adidas Originals section online.

 

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