New York, New York: The Big Apple stars in Andrea Pompilio's FW18 collection for Onitsuka Tiger

City of Dreams

Text: Andrea Sim

In spirit and in collaboration with artist James Gulliver Hancock, Andrea Pompilio's Onitsuka Tiger collection is New York through and through

It might seem strange that an Italian-Japanese designer has dedicated a collection produced under a Japanese brand to an American metropolis. Not only does Onitsuka Tiger's fall/winter 2018 collection by Andrea Pompilio take on New York's style of garments from the '20s, but too feature the work of artist James Gulliver Hancock, (famed for his illustrations of NYC) that depicts the city. Such warm, fuzzy feelings towards the Big Apple — a leap in logic we've taken liberty with given the inspiration — can probably be traced back to Pompilio's first trip to New York back in the day that opened a whole new style lexicon to the designer, as he told on a separate occasion

Such a profound first impression sees Pompilio borrowing Hancock's interpretation of the cityscape as the core print of FW18, with elements such as buffalo plaid, duffle coats and newsboy caps padding out the tribute to '20s NYC. Such throwback vibes are imbued in the collection's footwear too, given that the range takes its cues from Onitsuka Tiger's archive styles; 1975 high-tops return with "handwritten" branding on the sides, 1970s moccasins resurface with a chunky sole and, 1958 chukkas have been treated to a partially fur-lined interior. 

The full collection, above. 

Available at Onitsuka Tiger stores from August 2018. 


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