Takashi Murakami Shares Design Process Of His Sneaker Collab With PORTER

Legendary Japanese artist, Takashi Murakami recently shared a glimpse into the design and development of his sneaker collaboraiton with PORTER.

Utilizing materials like mesh and ripstop nylon that have become synonymous with PORTER, the shoes offer a mélange of mini comnpartments across the upper. They also have an adjustable velcro strap/lace combo closure and feature Takashi’s flowers and “TM/KK” branding across the midsole/outsole.

“In the last few years, I have thought about the reality of the distance between sneaker culture and myself.
I felt like it was a game that I would be able to play once I understood the rules; and so I began my sneaker journey, taking action and studying everything I could.
With that in mind, I would like to share a midway progress report on the direction that I have been working on since spring. Here it is! Thanks to @yoshidakaban.official who has rescued us in numerous ways, from choosing materials to helping with the bag production process, the project has begun to take shape.
The production was overseen by @wakamoon and Kaikai Kiki’s very own design team! @shisho_kaikaikiki @kazami.su @puq_mayumi
There is a little bit more to go until completion, but I wanted to update and report my progress on my new adventure.” – Takashi

Below you can see some of Takashi’s initial sketches, as well as some shots of the initial bag that inspired the shoes and some final shots of the finished product.

Images via HYPEBEAST & Takashi Murakami
 

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In the last few years, I have thought about the reality of the distance between sneaker culture and myself. I felt like it was a game that I would be able to play once I understood the rules; and so I began my sneaker journey, taking action and studying everything I could. With that in mind, I would like to share a midway progress report on the direction that I have been working on since spring. Here it is! Thanks to @yoshidakaban.official who has rescued us in numerous ways, from choosing materials to helping with the bag production process, the project has begun to take shape. The production was overseen by @wakamoon and Kaikai Kiki’s very own design team! @shisho_kaikaikiki @kazami.su @puq_mayumi There is a little bit more to go until completion, but I wanted to update and report my progress on my new adventure.

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