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Ellesse Fab Five & Atmos

Part of this year's installment in the ongoing Ellesse Fab Five project, this Picasso art-inspired Marathon '84 collaboration is by Japanese sneaker store Atmos...

Following on from the success of last year's project, the 2012 Fab Five collection once again sees five internationally renowned streetwear stores make their mark on five classic Ellesse footwear silhouettes. The stores involved include Atmos of Tokyo, Present of London, Special of Milan, Amen of Munich and Kin of Shanghai. Each store was selected for their 'specific and inspirational' personalities, but we've decided to focus on the Atmos shoe here (although the complete collection can also be seen below) as it features an embroidered artwork inspired by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso.

Atmos chose to work with the Marathon '84 silhouette (a classic Ellesse running style which was originally created for the 1984 New York Marathon) and as with previous Atmos footwear collaborations, the colour palette is certainly striking. The store has chosen to use an all-over bright red suede material - red being a colour which symbolises good luck in Japan. Notably, the shoe also features an embroidered eye artwork, which was inspired by Picasso's portrait of photographer Dora Maar (see the behind-the-scenes images below) and other shoe details include a leaf green pull-tab on each tongue and red tonal Ellesse branding.

Atmos are no strangers to Art & Sole, having worked on several art projects in the past. They always bring a huge sense of creativity to any shoe they work on, be it with bright contrasting colours or experimental material selections.


Each collaboration from the Ellesse Fab Five project is limited to 150 pairs only and is available through each of the respective stores. Today also sees the launch of the Ellesse & Atmos Fab Five Giveaway - click here for more details...


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