Monday, November 20, 2023

Approved by the King

When I created my F&F Conductor I had a list of people in mind who inspired me to get to this
point and to whom I wanted to pay tribute to and gift this special pair.

From close family members to international culture creators this list had a big influence on my
process and the final outcome.

Forever linked with Trefoil and sneaker history Jam Master Jay and @rundmc were an inspiration 
since day one of my collaborations. 
@kingdmc is one of the very few people, whom I had also seeded my Rivalry Hi SNEAKERQUEEN back in 2013.

So when @shakejmj blessed me with this picture of Darryl holding up my F&F Conductor and
our Collective Rivalry Lo it totally made my day!

Thank you for decades of inspiration and maximum #worldwidesneakerlove !

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

adidas x SneakerQueen F&F Conductor Seeding Event

Last week I celebrated my 42nd birthday by gifting my closest ones a pair of my Adidas x SneakerQueen F&F Conductor.

And when I say family&friends I really mean my core circle. 

Because luckily all of my family members are also my closest confidants. 

So of course my mum, my dad, my sister and their partners all came by to celebrate with me and my sneaker family. 

Beinghunted was so kind to give me their gallery space for an afternoon, I baked some cake and bread, handed out my sneakers to a very exclusive little round and set up a small photo studio for taking some cheesy yearbook like shots to remember the day.

It was the best feeling putting a big smile on my loved ones‘ faces by giving my shoes to people who really appreciate them!

Many even came with my first adidas collaboration on their feet!

Thank you for everyone who showed up and filled this day with love, laughter, good food and great company! 

It was the very best birthday I had in ages and everyone made me feel  so special with their flowers, gifts and endless support.

More pictures after the jump

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

More details of my adidas F&F Conductor

One of my favourite ideas for my F&F Conductor is the orange heel flex zone.

As a reference to the high-tech performance sports shoe the model debuted as, I assigned this little piece the texture and colour of a basketball.
Still can’t believe nobody ever thought of doing that, but I really love it. 

Another detail is the two slogans I put on the inside of the tongue:
‚Don’t believe the hype‘ the famous public enemy song starts with „caught you lookin’ for the same thing
It’s a new thing, check out this I bring’ 
and is not only a great poetic introduction to my pair, but the slogan has been part of my communication for a long time when it come to talking about my passion for sneakers. Because I don’t see sneakers as an investment and I certainly have little interest in shoes because of their common hype. 

Vintage VS retro represents my way of looking at today’s sneaker industry, the mass productions, the created hype and at all the remakes aka retros of sneakers. It is a hashtag I use on my social media to show how seldomly these releases live up to the originals and the sentimental value, the digging and networking for knowledge that I associated with collecting vintage in contrast to sneaker trend consumption.

Monday, September 25, 2023

Thank you

The feedback to my F&F shoes has been overwhelmingly beautiful.
Thank you for everyone who expressed themselves.
I am forever grateful for this community and my Sneaker fam.
A special thank you to my Collective partner @Tommy Triggah for this awesome review!!

Friday, September 22, 2023

More Love

 More pictures of my dad in my adidas x SneakerQueen Conductors.

Limited to 30 pairs.
F&F only.
Maximum level of love!

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Today is revelation Day!

Today I can finally share what I have been working on for the past 2 years.

I tell you it wasn’t easy to keep my mouth shut.
Here‘s my dad in the adidas x SneakerQueen Conductor I created for my (sneaker) family and friends.

Only around 30pairs were produced and will be handed out to the people who are dearest to me and share my love for classic basketball silhouettes.
These are a symbol of gratitude for the community around me that I cherish so much and the people who where a big influence on my style and on becoming who I am today.

Since this is a family and fiends production I wanted to first present this special pair to you on the feet of my father.
I adore him and am so grateful to have him despite or maybe because he is the most conservative, stoic person I know and I am so fascinated by his energy.
When I asked him to get infront of my camera for a ‚fit pic’ (he really doesn’t like being photographed) he instantly said yes.
I love how he’s rocking these in his own style and am so lucky to have a father who puts up with all my shenanigans. I never stop learning from him and us.

This Conductor is made of premium leather combined with debossed suede (the same that was used in the adidas consortium Tabula Rasa pack) and Italian premium faux snakeskin (or armadillo scales, like my homies like to call it ;)

Obviously this execution is mostly inspired by the og white and grey Conductor, but also by the way females have been uplifting street style to a premium level for decades.
Just like I did it with my Rivalry Hi 10 years ago, I wanted to create a luxury version of an original icon with this pair.
I also wanted to include some ‘female attributes’, so the shoes are lined with a quilted grey satin inspired by a classic Chanel handbag.

Referring to the high tech performance this model symbolised when it was first released, I made the heel flex zone (that little accordion like cushion on the back of the shoes) in the color and texture of a basketball.

I am excited to hear what you all think about my work and can’t wait to gift this special collaboration to my family and friends on October 2nd @beinghunted

My adidas F&F Conductor

The release of the Collective - Court to Concrete pack has been a highlight of my year, but there is still something waiting to be revealed!

As most of you know by now, each one of us @erniepunk @tommy_triggah @defynewyork got to do our own very personal F&F shoe and I am so excited to already give a first peek and show you all I have been working on tomorrow. 

As the only woman on this curators team (apart from the wonderfully talented @tiffanycrewsss who made all of my collaboration dreams come true together with @tduffles202) I felt the urge to represent and pay tribute to the many inspirational female tastemakers, who paved the way with style and grace for women like me.

Hip Hop and so called streetwear would not be as diverse, colourful and exceptional without their contributions and genius.

Whether behind the scenes (@janettephoto@marthacoopergram @iamaprilwalker @misahylton@bevysmith @juneambrose @gr8fullgirl @kmilele@moluv4nyc @deardrewdixon ), in the spotlight (@mcdebbied@imroxanneshante @saltnpepaofficial @queenlatifah@sparkydmusic @mclyte #finesseandsynquis @djjazzyjoyce ) on the streets or even just as plain inspiration for the guys who ‚did it for the honeys‘‘.

(Black and Latino) women played a vital role in HipHop‘s style history by de- and re-constructing it, by playing with gender and class specific status symbols and by elevating style in a new context.

Please feel encouraged to comment any women you feel have contributed to the culture in the 80s to celebrate them and widen the picture!

Monday, August 14, 2023

adidas Collective pack - a closer look at some details

It's been 2 weeks since our Court to Concrete pack has released and I wanted to show you 
some of the details on the pack, that I really love:

This whole collection is supposed to be a reflection of the swagger found on the greatest 
catwalks of New York: Madison Square Garden (the 'Court' part is represented with our 
Conductor) and the subway (the 'Concrete' part is represented on the Rivalry model).

Both models come with a New York style subway token hanger to represent that.

Whether on stage, on court, at the sidelines or in the crowd, we wanted to nod towards MSG 
as a temple of sports, music and style with some details:
So we chose a game ticket of the New York Knicks playing at MSG that we found printed in 
the adidas New Arrivals US catalog of Fall 1987 and used it for a  paper-like tongue label.

Also the choice of exotic materials (the faux snakeskin on the accents of the Rivalry 86 Lo and the
collar of the Conductor) is a homage to the flamboyant looks on and off the stage.

Of course Patrick Ewing and his signature line were the most important reference and we thought a lot 
about how to honor his impact.

The tissue paper is reminiscent of the original tissue paper that was designed for the adidas Ewing 
collection back in the late 80s and I spent quite a few evenings drawing for it.

Since we were not allowed to use his name we decided to ad a little easter egg:

Hidden beneath the tongue label you will find Pat's old signature slogan 'UNSTOPPABLE' stitched into the tongue.

We also put a lot of work into re-writing the original booklet that comes with every shoe to 
give you a more personal experience, when purchasing these.
You should take a peek and check the details ;)

Hope you enjoy this little insight into all the efforts we put into these pairs!

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