From The Book: The Haçienda
The second in our series of posts taken directly from the Art & Sole book also links to our recent story on the excellent adidas Spezial exhibition. This is FAC51-Y3...
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of legendary Manchester nightclub The Haçienda, Factory Records teamed up with Y-3 (the brand created by adidas and fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto) to create FAC51-Y3. The project is a collaboration between Peter Saville (the original graphic designer for Factory Records and some-time collaborator with Yohji Yamamoto), Ben Kelly (architect for the Haçienda) and Peter Hook (bass player for Joy Division/New Order).
Based on the classic Y-3 Sprint, the shoes are enclosed in a unique six-sided maple-bottomed shoebox inspired by the shape of the club’s dance floor. Within the box, the shoes come wrapped in four sheets of tissue paper; two featuring Kevin Cummin’s photography of the club in its 1980s heyday, one showing Ben Kelly’s original sketches for the club’s interior and one reflecting how the space looks today.
A DVD is also included in the box, featuring original footage from the club and a discussion between Saville, Kelly and Hook about the project and their memories of the Haçienda. Retailing at £345, the shoes were limited to just 250 pairs worldwide.
Every release from Factory Records was given a FAC number; the name FAC51-Y3 expresses the co-operation between the Haçienda (FAC51) and Y-3. Shown above is a pair of FAC51-Y3s sitting on an original metal plate from the Haçienda’s pillars, with pieces of wood from the original dance floor.
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