Adidas Consortium x NEIGHBORHOOD KAMANDA 01 NBHD CORE BLACK B37341
A soccer hero ready for the streets, adidas are cheering from the stands in their latest Kamanda, reminiscing about their loud and proud days on the terraces.
Gaining two new teammates this season, Japanese outfitter’s NBHD and L.A artist Cali Thornhill DeWitt arrive into the squad, adding Old English “NEIGHBORHOOD” lettering to the suede uppers. Underfoot, the signature spiky midsole appears in a slightly translucent black hue to complete the monochrome look.
- Suede Uppers
- Leather Heel Tab
- “NEIGHBORHOOD” Print
- Asymmetrical Lacing
- Rubber Outsole
- Style Code: B37341
The latest release in the longstanding collaboration between adidas and Japanese streetwear titan NEIGHBORHOOD is built around an exclusive new graphic by Cali Thornhill DeWitt
Inspired by terrace style, classic sportswear and nomadic motorcycle team, the capsule collection is filtered through NEIGHBORHOOD and DeWitt’s shared counterculture spirit
adidas and NEIGHBORHOOD first started working together in 2005, almost two decades after Neighborhood’s founder, Shinsuke Takizawa, was introduced to the brand. Inevitably, the very first
partnership saw Takizawa creating his own version of the adidas Superstar shoes worn by the group, and the collaborations have grown and evolved ever since. Takizawa spent his formative
years around Japanese motorcycle team and his counterculture/subculture instincts are at the heart of NEIGHBORHOOD. Each new collaboration sees Takizawa and adidas mining sportswear’s
rich countercultural and tribal associations to create something both iconic and completely new. “Creating a design that does not already exist was the original concept when we first worked
together,” says Takizawa.
The FW18 capsule collection stays true to these ideals: inspired by a distinctly Japanese take on the classic sportswear of football terrace culture and the re-appropriated military garb of
nomadic motorcycle gangs, with each piece featuring new graphics by Los Angeles-based artist Cali Thornhill DeWitt. A mainstay of the transgressive L.A. punk scene, DeWitt embodies the
countercultural spirit of adidas x NEIGHBORHOOD: from appearing in drag on the CD artwork of Nirvana’s In Utero to designing Kanye West’s provocative 2016 tour merchandise. His work for the
FW18 adidas x NEIGHBORHOOD capsule features the latter brand’s iconic ‘Old English’ font and a new ‘target’ graphic that invokes the ‘Mod’ culture that evolved into terrace culture. The words
‘Survive’ and ‘Under Attack’ evoke the rebel spirit of the terraces.
Along with DeWitt’s graphics, military style runs throughout the collection. In the apparel offering, the centerpiece is an extended-length M65 field jacket, complete with a detachable Primaloft-
padded inner vest. The NBHD Old English font can be seen on each of the four front pockets, while DeWitt’s target designs appear on both the left chest and above the zipped back pocket.
Meanwhile, each of the three footwear styles - the Kamanda, Stan Smith and I-5923 - are updated takes on terrace favourites from over the years, available in military-inspired olive colorways.
This buttery nubuck version of the Kamanda features the iconic, adidas Samba-inspired sole along with new asymmetric lacing, debossed NEIGHBORHOOD lettering and DeWitt’s tonal graphics.
Furthermore, matching track tops and pants embroidered with the signature graphics and long and short-sleeved tees that evoke the training tops of football teams in the 70s and 80s round out
the collection. Their retro styling is given a new lease of life through bold graphic treatments.