Karhu and Footpatrol team up once again, this time adding some extra Finnish flavour to the mix by bringing in designer Sasu Kauppi for the exciting three-way collabortation on Karhu’s Legacy 96 model.
Footpatrol’s Creative Brand Lead, Asheeba Charles was keen to tap into Helsinki’s fashion & streetwear scene and came up with the idea to ask the Finnish designer for the project. Sasu Kauppi, a Central Saint Martin’s graduate, was called upon and embraced the project immediately. Before launching his own unisex streetwear brand SSSU, Kauppi was design director and head of menswear design at YEEZY. After input of both Footpatrol and Karhu, Kauppi’s design stage was approached through a process of elimination resulting in a premium offering.
Presented in a Paloma Grey & White colour way, the KARHU x Footpatrol x SSSU ‘Legacy 96’ takes advantage of using premium materials throughout. Hairy suede is used across the entire toe-box area with reflective detail atop, pigskin suede and textured leather overlays complete the shoe with each partner’s brand logo embroidered and debossed printed on the heel.
A combination of three different kinds of mesh is seen throughout – open mesh underlays on the medial and lateral panels, shiny ribbed mesh used on the tongue and collar, and a diamond mesh lining. A special designed “KARHU LOGO” by Sasu Kauppi, using letters from all three brand logos, is the star of the shoe. The logo is featured as embroidery on the toe box, on the woven tongue label and on the shoebox. The shoes come in a special box, with a spare set of bright white laces and have a custom-designed footbed.
The KARHU x Footpatrol x SSSU Legacy 96 launches on Saturday, October 31 in limited quantities. The shoes will be available in-store at 11:00 AM and online at 11:30 AM (Finnish time).
US 8-12 /// 140€