Onitsuka Tiger from the Asics group teams up with fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto for the first time. 3 styles of collaboration sneakers have been designed. The items will go on sale from the end of March at directly operated Onitsuka Tiger stores and at Isetan Shinjuku Men’s Building.

The project was initiated by Yamamoto, who saw the symbolic tiger motif at Onitsuka Tiger’s store in London, which overlaps with the motifs that he frequently uses for his designs.

The collaboration introduces special editions of the iconic Mexico 66 Deluxe and Mexico Mid Runner Deluxe sneakers. The sneakers are adorned with digital prints of bird wings, leopard prints or kimono patchworks from the Meiji to Showa period. The colors yellow and green used were inspired from Yamamoto’s trip to Papua New Guinea. The sneakers appeared in Kansai Yamamoto’s fashion show presented at V&A in London last November.

The low-cut Mexico 66 Deluxe sneakers are priced at 25,200 yen (without tax) and the high-cut Mexico Mid Runner Deluxe at 27,300 yen (without tax).

Yamamoto will continue to work in various fields such as fashion, arts, culture and sports and contribute to society through the events he produces. His next project involves Istanbul.