Available Saturday, June 17th at Premier Boutique
ASICS pays homage to its Japanese heritage with the GEL-LYTE® III “Ranru” Pack. Crafted in the form of traditional Japanese boro, the patchwork denim uppers will arrive in two distinctive colorways: “Indigo Blue” and “Peacoat”
While today boro textiles are revered for their expert craftsmanship and creativity, the technique was once seen as a reminder of rural Japan’s impoverished past. Dating back to the nineteenth century, boro textiles were born out of a need to extend the wear-life of essential garments or furnishings before cotton was a common commodity. Over generations, small pieces of scrap fabric would be sewn to reinforce tears until the patches were often more prominent than the original fabric.
In contemporary fashion, patchwork designs are celebrated for their imperfect beauty. For the GEL-LYTE® III “Ranru” Pack, various types of indigo and black denim are featured including ticking stripe, dark wash and light wash. Visible stitching and ticked laces bring a hand-crafted aesthetic to the overall design. The clean white midsole offsets the diverse detail of the upper, while the gum color outsole provides the retro feel synonymous with traditional boro.
The “Ranru” Pack releases on Saturday, June 17th at Premier Boutique instore and via phone for $140 each. Online release to follow if supplies last.