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After the successful 2016 Fusion 2.0 collaboration, Karhu and Footpatrol team up once again, this time the Legacy 96 will be the model of choice!
Footpatrol’s Creative Brand Lead, Asheeba Charles was keen to tap into Helsinki’s fashion & streetwear scene and came up with the idea to ask a Finnish designer to work on a three-way collaboration.
Finnish designer Sasu Kauppi, a Central Saint Martin’s graduate, was called upon and embraced the project immediately. Before launching his own unisex streetwear brand SSSU, Kauppi was design director and head of menswear design at YEEZY. After input of both Footpatrol and Karhu, Kauppi’s design stage was approached through a process of elimination resulting in a premium offering.
Presented in a Paloma Grey & White colour way, the KARHU x Footpatrol x SSSU ‘Legacy 96’ takes advantage of using premium materials throughout. Hairy suede is used across the entire toe-box area with reflective detail atop, pigskin suede and textured leather overlays complete the shoe with each partner’s brand logo embroidered and debossed printed on the heel.
A combination of three different kinds of mesh is seen throughout - open mesh underlays on the medial and lateral panels, shiny ribbed mesh used on the tongue and collar, and a diamond mesh lining. A special designed “KARHU LOGO” by Sasu Kauppi, using letters from all three brand logos, is the star of the shoe. The logo is featured as embroidery on the toe box, on the woven tongue label and on the shoebox.
The shoes also have a spare set of bright white laces and a custom designed footbed.
Based on the original panelled tracksuit from Kauppi’s own SSSU label, the KARHU X Footpatrol X SSSU version maintains the same relaxed 90s style fit. The sweatshirt is made up of varying shades of mid-heavy French Terry and branded taping on the sides, which features all three brand logos, simplified to meet a distinguished look. Chenille KARHU branding is added to the sweatshirt with both Footpatrol and SSSU brand names embroidered in-between & below the KARHU letters.
The triple panelled sweat pant features an elasticated waistband and cuff, with two side pockets.
The KARHU x Footpatrol x SSSU Legacy 96 launches in KARHU Titan accounts worldwide on Saturday 31st October.
Sasu Kauppi’s journey through the fashion industry has been a unique one. From gaining his master’s in menswear fashion at Central Saint Martins, to studying patternmaking and garment construction before before applying to the BA fashion course at TaiK, Helsinki (now part of Aalto University). Soon after, Kauppi launched his own eponymous brand. He worked solely on his own collection until 2014, where he put his brand on hold.
Kauppi was scouted & asked to consult for Kanye West’s YEEZY line. Eventually, Kauppi would become the design director and menswear head designer at YEEZY. After some years, Kauppi would return to his home country Finland, launching his new brand SSSU. At it’s core SSSU is more than a fashion brand. The focus for Kauppi is to design & present well thought out products in soft, hard, audible or digital form.
Since 2002 Footpatrol has been at the heart of supplying the sneaker fraternity with the most desirable footwear, apparel and accessories. Specialising in top releases, unique pieces and the occasional deadstock pair, Footpatrol stocks the best from well known brands.
As well as stocking own brand products, Footpatrol stays committed in contributing to the sneaker scene through exclusive collaborations with brands, creatives and friends of the store.
KARHU meaning “bear” in Finnish, is a leading running brand, and has provided technical running and outdoor gear for 100 years. With an authentic heritage in athletics and a deep connection to the outdoors, KARHU follows the Finnish principles of design simplicity and running purity. KARHU shoes have been worn on the feet of the greatest Finnish runners, including Paavo Nurmi and five Boston Marathon champions.