The idea of duality resonates everywhere in society today, but few have managed to achieve a harmonious balance.
It is this very balance that Onitsuka Tiger sought to seek in its Spring/Summer 2021 collection, a contemporary marriage of both fashion and sport, and heritage and innovation. Dreamt up by creative director Andrea Pompilio and realised under the concept of “The Onitsuka Tiger Attitude”, the modern, street style-approved looks have been defined by four themes: THE SAILING KITE, THE CLEAN LINES”, “THE VINTAGE IS NOW”, and “THE WORKING PROGRESS”. Each, however, are anchored by one single inspiration — a ship’s moving sails.
These themes are reflected via a cohesive assortment of apparel, accessories and footwear, and echo the seafaring theme via an immensely vivid colour palette comprising bright oranges, blues and golds, although you’ll also find soft beiges and whites that you can easily weave into your current wardrobe.
Sturdy nylon fabrics and flashy stitching also find their way onto the accompanying wearables and bags, but fans of Onitsuka Tiger’s iconic sneakers won’t be disappointed to know that the footwear here have been refreshed without losing any of the brand’s sporty heritage.
If you’re shopping online, you’ll also be pleased to know that all e-store shoppers will enjoy complimentary shipping (with a minimum spend). First timers will also enjoy extra privileges.
Below, some of our favourite pieces that’ll take you through the season and beyond.
Inspired by yacht sails, this maxi dress sees patches of different lightweight fabrics sewn together with zig-zag stitching to create a floaty silhouette. The V-neck design is complemented with an elongated volume below, with ties at the side to cinch or release the chest and waist to create either a casual, airy shape or a more fitted, contemporary look.
Made to withstand the urban jungle with ease, this smart jacket is craft out of robust nylon twill fabric to be your perfect companion for any for smart-casual or formal occasion. Do like the model did and wear it over baggy shorts for an effortlessly insouciant look, or throw it over pants and boots to add edge. Whichever you choose, this jacket will find plenty of mileage within your wardrobe.
Combining the upper of the TAI-CHI-REB style with the distinctive sole of the DENTIGRE, this hybrid pair is a bold, harmonious fusion between two of Onitsuka Tiger’s most recognisable styles. The shoe is still very much indebted to the low-profile footwear worn by tai-chi practitioners, only this time sees its sleekness accented by a chunky, rugged sole that also provides superior cushioning, courtesy of the brand’s commitment to comfort and durability.
Combining the slender form of taichi shoes with a boot-like construction, the new TAI-CHI-REB SOCK is a modernised take on the TAI-CHI-REB style, and is tailored from a single piece of fabric for maximum comfort and fit, with the Onitsuka Tiger stripes stitched onto the sides. Wear as a boot with the dress above, or keep the monochromatic look going with the men’s jacket.
It doesn’t look like the chunky sneaker trend is going anywhere just yet. The BIG LOGO TRAINER 2.0 SOCK revives the BIG LOGO TRAINER style from the Autumn/Winter 2019 collection, only this time with an ankle-high knit upper and big Onitsuka Tiger’s stripes — inspired by its archival running shoes — to create a bold, new look. Suedes and knits have also been used here to lend even more textural interest to the striking sneakers.
If you loved the ADMIX RUNNER, you’ll revel in the fact that its latest iteration is a slip-on. This lace-free variation also borrows from the brand’s extensive archives, marrying several heritage shoe uppers with an exaggerated sole to lend a good dose of edge to this icon.