Limited Edt x ASICS Tiger Gel Lyte III Vanda - The Drop Date

Limited Edt x ASICS Tiger Gel Lyte III Vanda – Release Info


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The LIMITED EDT X ASICS TIGER GEL LYTE III VANDA takes its inspiration from Singapore’s national flower – the Vanda ‘Miss Joaquim’.

Singapore has been an independent country for 50 years now and this milestone has brought about a real sense of pride for the country’s inhabitants, one of whom is Mandeep Chopra – the founder of LIMITED EDT sneaker boutique. We’ve seen a trend of minimal collaborations this year, but clearly the memo didn’t make it Singapore, as the store is gaining a solid reputation for bold and imaginative collaborations. Earlier this year, we saw the store’s Merlion inspired Blaze of Glory and now we get a look at their Singapore Orchid-themed GEL LYTE III. The team at Sneaker Freaker sat down with Mandeep to get an insight into this colourful creation:

SF: What does Singapore’s milestone of independence mean to you?

MC: “For me and all Singaporeans, it has been a watershed year for our very young nation and has allowed us to take stock and see how far the country has come over the years. Despite being merely a small dot on the world map and lacking any natural resources, Singapore has grown into a thriving cosmopolitan city and one of the key global financial centres. I like to think Limited Edt and Singapore are similar in that we both punch way above our weight, so to be involved with so many collaborations is something we are very proud of. We celebrate our achievements but at the same time we can’t rest on our laurels ­– hard work is the only recipe for success.”

SF: The running theme for your collabs is a celebration of Singapore – both its culture and its icons. What element of your home nation does the Gel Lyte III represent?

MC: “This year, we have really looked deep into Singapore’s heritage. Our Blaze of Glory collab was in honour of the Merlion, which has served as an icon for our nation. For our collab with ASICS, we drew inspiration from our national flower, the Vanda ‘Miss Joaquim’ – also known as the Singapore Orchid.”

SF: The most eye-catching feature of your Gel Lyte III creation is undoubtedly the decorative fabric that adorns the forefoot of the shoe, incorporating both the Singapore Orchid and the Limited Edt logo. How did you source such a unique textile?

MC: “I am fortunate to have two great designers on my team, Jonning Chng and Joe Cher. They custom-made this artwork for the print. We wanted a jacquard fabric with a woven print so that there was some texture rather than just a printed fabric. We submitted these instructions to ASICS and they had this fabric made at their factories. They managed to turn around the first sample in about a month and it looked great, exactly how we wanted it. I have never experienced such efficiency with any other brand so far.”

SF: Limited Edt has a reputation for producing some absolutely stunning in-store packages for collabs. What can we expect for this release?

MC: “We try to do something different each time. For the ASICS Gel Lyte III colab, we are not going too crazy but expect a sleek black box with a tonal Spot-UV application of the shoe design printed on the box. It will also come packaged with a tie – yes a tie! – with the very same orchid print featured on the shoe, along with a custom shoe protector spray to keep the beautiful jacquard material water-proof.”

SF: What else is in the pipeline for Limited Edt?

MC: “Continuing the Singaporean theme, we are planning to end the year with a two-shoe adidas colab inspired by a famous national icon that we think will ring a bell for people from all over the world. There are also a number of other projects in the works that will see light in 2016, but you’ll just have to wait and see what we have in store. We always have something new on the go, so drop on by if you’re ever in Singapore!”

It’s time to start getting in touch with any Asian connects you might have, as the LIMITED EDT X ASICS TIGER GEL LYTE III VANDA is unfortunately an Asia-only release, with the initial drop at LIMITED EDT on Friday 23 October, followed by a wider release on Friday 6 November. Keep checking back with us for any updates on if these get an unexpected worldwide release.

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