September 23, 2013 BY Aaron Kr. / 11
SN: What made you choose the Gel Saga model to bring this story to life?
Eric Cheng: We actually picked the Gel Saga because it is one of the great, classic, retro models that often get overshadowed by other Gel retro runners. The Gel Saga is well put together with plenty of panels to play with and not too many brands have worked on it. We thought it was appropriate to take advantage of that and use the model to kick off a series of BAIT x Asics projects that will follow.
SN: Please give us a breakdown of the materials used on the shoe and why they were chosen to represent the concept.
Eric Cheng: We went with the classic suede and nubuck combination because of the contrasting textures that will also better contrast the colors along with it. It also adds a premium feel to the shoe. The suede that we used is called “Velvet Suede” where the texture brings a bit of variation to the color. The perforated nubuck on the other hand has a solid and consistent color base. We thought the two contrasting materials and their color properties would compliment each other well for the design.