The Tokyo Summer Games may have been postponed until next year because of a certain virus, but fear not, you can still have your fill of Japanophilia with Onitsuka Tiger. Making its debut this week is the History Graphic Pack collection, which sees a number of the brand’s hitmaking designs revamped with whimsical illustrations by Caroline Bourlès (otherwise known as Bikini sous la Pluie) under the theme of Tokyo.
Tapping on the last time the city hosted the Olympics in 1964, Bourlès has imagined three playful graphics for this new collaboration: Red Suits, reminiscent of the uniforms worn by Team Japan in the ‘60s; Universal Stripes, an amalgam of nations’ flags; and Tiger, the icon of the luxury house.
And as the collection name might suggest, these kitschy and colourful prints adorn several retro-inspired silhouettes from the label’s repertoire . For instance, the unisex GSM™ sneaker with perforated leather uppers takes its cues from ‘80s tennis shoes, while the saw-toothed TIGER CORSAIR™ is influenced by a heritage shape from the early 1970s. Yet another ‘70s baby, the slick LAWNSHIP™ puts a fresh spin on the classic court shoe, and comes in variations for the whole family, with a lace-up iteration for the adults, and velcro-fastened kicks for the kids. History has never looked this stylish before.