While overshadowed by several other “Big Apple”-based brands, Angelo Baque’s AwakeNY imprint has been cultivating a sizable following over the last three years. A stint at Supreme made the Ecuadorian-American creative a known figure within the streetwear scene, but he’s allowed his work to speak for him as he’s embarked on his own retail venture. Along the way, Baque has tapped institutions like ASICS to create compelling product, which will soon include a GEL-Kayano Trainer 21 duo that’ll help AwakeNY further the mission of the late-Virgil Abloh‘s “POST-MODERN” scholarship.
The New York City-founded label has previously collaborated with the Japanese sportswear behemoth, covering other GEL-cushioned silhouettes in handfuls of statement-making patterns and tones. For the latest joint-project, both parties have kept things relatively tame, and seemingly on-theme given that the two upcoming sneakers feature a white, green and orange color palette appropriate for their Miami-exclusive launch. The sport-informed silhouette will only release at the LeBron James co-founded UNKNWN shop in the city’s Wynwood district. All proceeds from the collection’s first-day sales (December 2nd) will be donated to the initiative Abloh began before his tragic passing aimed at fostering opportunities in design for Black creatives, as well as Angiosarcoma Awareness, Inc., an organization focusing on the very illness of which the Off-White-frontman died.
Enjoy another look at AwakeNY’s latest ASICS collaboration here below, and check out the A Ma Maniere Jordan 1 when you’re done.
Updated December 3rd, 2021: The Awake NY x ASICS GEL-Kayano Trainer 21 releases online on awakenyclothing.com on December 4th at 11am ET for $170. 20% of proceeds will go to the Virgil Abloh™️ “Post-Modern” Scholarship Fund.
Updated December 6th, 2021: A global release for the cream pair is scheduled for December 10th, 2021.
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Awake NY x ASICS Gel- Kayano Trainer 21
Release Date: Dec 10th, 2021 (Friday)
Mens: $170 Style Code: 1201A459.300