adidas & Quote & Peter O’Toole
In a collaboration based upon mutual respect, longtime three-stripes collector Quote and British illustrator Peter O'Toole join up to create this limited version of the adidas ZX420...
Quote has been a longstanding veteran in the German scene of adidas collectors, with his extensive stash primarily focused on vintage runners (in 2012, as part of the Consortium 'Your Story' project, Quote was also given the opportunity to design his own ZX500, a classic running silhouette). Peter O'Toole is a British-born illustrator who in the past year has been involved with several adidas projects, including work with UK retailer size?. O'Toole is also well know for his 2011 City Series project, in which he illustrated almost 200 vintage adidas sneakers.
Since meeting back in 2005 (on the Crooked Tongues website forum), the pair first worked together in 2011 to create an art print (inspired by O'Toole's City Series) in which 98 pairs of adidas shoes from Quote's collection were illustrated by O'Toole. It's this project that has inspired this latest endeavour from the duo, as a selection of the illustrations have now been made into a book, alongside a collaborative shoe, with the help of adidas. Entitled Quote's Archive, the book features 50 shoes from the original print, with O'Toole further developing the original illustrations while Quote has written about each shoe's facts and history, with the inclusion of personal anecdotes and associations as a collector.
The shoe, dubbed the 'Quotoole', is the ZX420 silhouette which has seen a revival this year with the release of several original colourways. The upper comprises of varying hues of soft blue suede sitting alongside purple and blue mesh to give a slightly vintage feel, while the three stripes are accented in white and red, a detail which is reflected on the midsole. One of the key hidden details lies behind each tongue, where a portrait of each contributor sits on an 'Endorsed by' tab, rendered in the style of classic adidas signature shoes.
The adidas & Quote & Peter O'Toole ZX420 (with accompanying book) was pre-released on 25 October at No74 in Berlin, with a wider release scheduled for 15 November.
To see more work from Peter O'Toole, visit his website here