Onitsuka Tiger x Liberty Arts Fabric Sneaker Collaboration — A Floral Affair
After several successful collaborations with Japanese-inspired, character-driven, illustration-adoring brand Tokidoki, Onitsuka Tiger decided to team up with internationally renowned textile brand Liberty London to create a limited-edition sneaker collection featuring some of the British brand’s most iconic textile prints. Floral prints were prioritized when designing the Onitsuka Tiger x Liberty Arts Fabric collection — among them the Strawberry Thief pattern designed by William Morris in 1883 and printed on tana fabric since 1955, which appears in a midnight navy colorway on the Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 (as pictured last above).
The Onitsuka Tiger x Liberty Arts Fabric Mexico 66 sneaker in Strawberry Thief ($80 at select stores; visit AsicsAmerica.com/OnitsukaTiger for retailers), then, features textile uppers with an all-over floral print incorporating small lovebirds within the garden motif, the style’s signature tiger stripes in deep blue suede, a blue suede collar and lace panel, and latching laces. A more contemporary print, the Small Susanna, covers the other available colorway of the Mexico 66 sneaker (also shown above). The Onitsuka Tiger x Liberty Arts Fabric Mexico 66 in Small Susana ($80 at select stores; visit AsicsAmerica.com/OnitsukaTiger for retailers) incorporates the print designed by Liberty London’s in-house studio for the Spring/Summer 2005 season and rescaled in 2010, another floral pattern but one featuring large, illustrated sunflowers with exaggerated anthers, some fiery blooms left deliberately colorless and others featuring pops of pastel blue, soft violet, and pink lavender. To make the more muted colorway of the Susana print pop, this particular interpretation of the Mexico 66 features brown suede tiger stripes and a matching ankle collar and lace panel, along with a pop of peachy pink along the outsole.
The Small Susanna print also makes an appearance on the Onitsuka Tiger x Liberty Arts Fabric Fabre ($80 at select stores; visit AsicsAmerica.com/OnitsukaTiger for retailers), a hi-top sneaker named after the “Fast Break” basketball move. The Onitsuka Tiger x Liberty Arts Fabric Fabre in Navy (shown at top) features the sunflower print in a deeper colorway, with sunflower petals in poppy red, rich yellow, cornflower blue, fern green, and teal against a white backdrop, paired with white leather tiger stripes and a cobalt suede toe, tongue, and lacing system. The Onitsuka Tiger x Liberty Arts Fabric Fabre in Gray ($80 at select stores; visit AsicsAmerica.com/OnitsukaTiger for retailers), meanwhile, incorporates another illustrated floral print with sparse hints of muted pink, light blue, and yellow. Unlike the Small Susanna, which emphasizes large sunflower blossoms, this print features a number of wildflowers — from baby’s breath to dahlias, orchids and hibiscus blooms as well as leafy branches in varying sizes. The print’s delicate color scheme, meanwhile, is emphasized by the addition of a soft heather gray suede for the toe, and tongue of the sneaker.
The low-to-the-ground Onitsuka Tiger x Liberty Arts Fabric Serrano ($75 at select stores; visit AsicsAmerica.com/OnitsukaTiger for retailers) also incorporates a floral motif in the form of the D’Anjo B Lantana print introduced for Fall 2012. Based on a 1930s print, the D’Anjo B Lantana features blossoms in varying shades of indigo blue and violet. The Serrano sneaker modernizes this chinoiserie-esque, retro color scheme by giving the leather tiger stripes along the side panels a deep purple shade and juxtaposing purple laces against crisp white eyelet panels, a white leather toe, and a white leather heel counter with a pop of purple.
Check out the full collection of Onistuka Tiger x Liberty Arts Fabric sneakers at AsicsAmerica.com/OnitsukaTiger