Nic Galway Explains Y3’s FW19 Collection To Highsnobiety

Highsnobiety recently caught up with global senior VP of design for adidas Originals and style, Nic Galway to discuss the inspiration and thought process behind Y3’s latest collection.

Galway explained to Highsnobiety, “For the Y-3 Fall/Winter 2019 collection, we focused on three eras that are crucial to both adidas and Yamamoto: the ’70s, the ’80s, and the ’90s. It’s about “Icons meet icons” – interpreting our individual codes through the lens of one another. In footwear, the range presents directional, low-profile sneakers, elevated court trainers, and modernized reissues from the initial pioneering collaborations between Yohji Yamamoto & adidas.”

Below you can get a look at Y3’s collection, as well as getting an explanation on each of the styles from Nic – for the full article head to Highsnob.


“The Y-3 Runner 4D for the FW19 season features a completely black sole, the first of its kind, a pioneering new innovation in this technology. The Primeknit upper presents a new take on the Tenet upper language of the cage.” – Nic Galway




“The Y-3 Yuuto is a re-edition of one of the first footwear styles created by adidas for Yohji Yamamoto back in 2001, the Tenet. After looking in our archive we realized how this style is still completely aligned with the current footwear trends.” – Nic Galway



“The Y-3 FYW S-97 takes inspiration from the Salvation, the adidas iconic late 90’s runner. The tooling has been redesigned for today and updated with the newest adidas technologies – last generation BOOST and knit upper. The cage on the sole has been designed to leave space for the BOOST to expand to the foot.” – Nic Galway



“The Y-3 Hokori is a women only style inspired by the basketball silhouettes of the 2000’s, executed with a more sophisticated look.” – Nic Galway



“The Y-3 Regu is another homage to the heritage of the long-term collaboration with Yohji Yamamoto, a re-edition of the original style Mei which was shown at Yohji Yamamoto’s 2002 show.” – Nic Galway



“The Y-3 Yuben Mid has a distinctive style that elevates a classical basketball-inspired look.” – Nic Galway


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