No avenue is too offbeat for Shu Uemura to tap into for a collaboration. 2019 has seen the Japanese beauty giant work with the likes of Pokémon and Maison Kitsune to exciting ends. This year, it is kickstarting its collaboration calendar with iconic sneaker label, Onitsuka Tiger, to be released 1 May 2020.

While the connections between a sports brand and Shu Uemura may not be instantly drawn, probing into their collective histories showcase some parallels. Both are pioneers in their respective fields, alongside their status as heritage Japanese brands. This union is designed to inject a burst of dynamism into both labels through mutual collaboration. That’s right, Shu Uemura x Onitsuka Tiger isn’t only just about beauty products. A pair of limited-edition sneakers will also come forth from the venture.

Before we get to the kicks, let’s canvass the beauty exclusives. Eight items will be in the Shu Uemura x Onitsuka Tiger collection, spanning two eyeshadow palettes, two lip products, a limited-edition version of its cleansing oil, one eyebrow pencil and two beauty tools.

All the products will feature Onitsuka Tiger’s signature hues and the distinctive three-stripes found on its shoes. There are instant nods to the colourways found on its Mexico 66 shoes, with the stripes rendered in paintbrush strokes to hint to makeup as a form of art. Some products are also accompanied by a little key tag decorated with the special Shu Uemura x Onitsuka Tiger sneakers.

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A look at the packaging. (Photo credit: Shu Uemura)

On the topic of kicks, Onitsuka Tiger and Shu Uemura have created a special edition version of the shoe brand’s new model, the DELEGATION EX. Decorated in a bright, glossy scarlet, the colour recalls the lusture of red lipstick. Naturally, the shoe is outfitted by Onitsuka Tiger’s groundbreaking footwear technology, so expect a shoe crafted with a memory sponge that keeps the fit comfortable.

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The DELEGATION EX shoes. (Photo credit: Onitsuka Tiger)

The Onitsuka Tiger x Shu Uemura sneakers will launch in the Onitsuka Tiger flagship store in Takashimaya, retailing for S$229. The beauty collection, on the other hand, will launch in all Shu Uemura stores, TANGS at TANG Plaza, Takashimaya S.C. Metro Paragon, Isetan Scotts, Isetan Tampines, Robinsons Raffles City, and Sephora online. Prices are in the gallery above.

Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.