Royal Elastics & Andy Warhol
After our recent post about Jean Michel Basquiat, we’ve coincidentally just spotted this collaboration between the foundation of fellow famed artist-of-the-era Andy Warhol, and lace-free footwear brand Royal Elastics...
Royal Elastics was founded in 1996 by a pair of teenagers in Sydney, Australia. The concept behind the brand was simply to use elastic bands, rather than laces, to secure feet in shoes - a concept which promoted a laid-back lifestyle with a ‘quirky’ and easygoing sense of humour. The company has in fact collaborated with the Warhol Foundation once before, with the a collection of footwear launching back in 2006.
For this new 2012 collaboration, Royal Elastics have let the shoes function as a canvas for Warhol’s iconic work, as well as adding unique twists in the material selection, random artwork placements, and individual numbering elements.
The collection consists of three silhouettes, with two colourways in each shoe. Firstly, the Dectaur (as shown below) is a casual slip-on with a canvas upper featuring an all-over print application of Warhol's iconic Camouflage series, and a screenprint of the We Kill For Peace slogan around each shoe. The canvas lining also features Warhol’s 'Airborne' advertisement artwork in a repeat pattern.
Second in the series is the King Hi, a Royal Elastics staple, which has been covered in Warhol's Flowers print - with each shoe having differing placement of the print so that no two sneakers are the same. Adding to the uniqueness, each pair are also individually numbered.
Lastly the Anderson, which is more shoe than sneaker, references Warhol’s use of everyday materials in his works. Interestingly, it incorporates Tyvek paper, which among other things is used for shipping envelopes (and is something we looked into using for our Ben Drury screen-print), into the main panel. This Tyvek panel also features Warhol’s print ads from his early works, and the stitched leather outsole features a print from Warhol's Shoes series. Each pair is individually numbered and limited to 250 only.
To see the complete Royal Elastics & Andy Warhol collaboration, visit the Royal Elastics website. The collection is available to purchase now through the Royal Elastics online store, or from select outlets worldwide such as Hanon
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