‘Gender’ means social and cultural differences about sex, while ‘sex’ refers to physical and biological differences. Hender Scheme proposes a concept which surpasses the ‘gender’ schema based on society but returns to the idea of ‘sex’ based on one’s appearance.
Hender Scheme is a Japanese footwear and accessories label based in Tokyo, Japan, founded by designer Ryo Kashiwazaki. Hender Scheme is notable for reproducing popular sneaker models, such as Nike’s Air Force 1 and Air Jordan IV, entirely by hand in premium leather as part of its Manual Industrial Products (MIP) line. Aside from sneakers, Hender Scheme also produces an array of high-quality handcrafted leather accessories such as belts, bucket hats, folios, laptop sleeves, notebooks, and keychains. Spotted on the heels of high-profile footwear enthusiasts such as Justin Bieber and Diddy, Hender Scheme has quickly become a favorite among the celebrity set.
The footwear offerings are centered around the latest in Hender Scheme’s Manual Industrial Products line of silhouettes — the Manual Industrial Product 22, a handcrafted homage to Nike‘s Air Force 1 Low. This marks a first for Hender Scheme: it’s created an Air Force 1 High in the past, but this is its first go-around with the low-top version. The remaining footwear offerings include styles like chunky wingtips juxtaposed with bold neon cinch laces, slip-on suede Chelsea boots with a crepe sole that’s almost rocker bottom style in nature, leather strap sandals with cork footbeds and supple leather slip-ons.
The Origins of the Hender Scheme x Adidas Originals Collaboration
Hender Scheme over the years has steadily built up its reputation of reinventing sneaker silhouettes — both modern and classic — by stripping away its artistic origins and rebuilding its base through age-old artisanal mastery. Ryo Kashiwazaki, the brand’s founding father, cut his teeth learning the ins, outs and delicate intricacies as a shoe cobbler while based in the heart of Tokyo’s leather industry. Morphing his particular skill set with a love for design, Ryo has helped transcend some of the game’s hottest sneaker silhouettes into wearable works of art.
Adidas, on the other hand, are no strangers to Japanese design philosophies. Having already aligned with such revered names as Kolor, White Mountaineering, and Mastermind, however, tap into a whole new realm of creativity with Hender Scheme grabbing hold of the artistic reins. To mark this celebrated partnership, the duo set about reconstructing the MicroPacer, NMD R1, and Superstar by applying the finest of tanned leathers, while honoring traditional craftsmanship techniques — adding an air of luxurious flair into the signature sportswear staples. The collection will be available at HBX starting September 2.
The whole idea of reproducing the trainers is to show a different way of producing shoes. He intentionally chooses certain styles/models that are very widely known, so people can see the difference in the end product. Although they have the same chain, the make is completely different.
From an Adidas point of view, the industry is headed in this direction, and it’s not unusual to pay this amount of money. With this approach, they have more of an authentic reason to create a limited product — as it is limited by manufacturing capabilities and turnaround times. Obviously, you get a really premium product with the most expensive leathers. Also, the thought that goes into the construction of the shoes and the aim of creating something so timeless.