Akio Hasegawa x BEAMS SSZZ x Clarks Wallaroo Boot Collab
Brand: Akio Hasegawa x BEAMS SSZ x Clarks Originals
Price: 35,200 (approximately $ 305)
Release date: January 15th
To buy: in store in BEAMS Japanese flagships
Editor’s Notes: Although it just dropped a few exclusives with Levi’s and Netflix, Japanese retail giant BEAMS isn’t slowing its rollout anytime soon, gearing up for a three-way collaboration with Clarks as its premiere in 2022.
Specifically, the partnership involves BEAMS SSZ (Surf Skate Zine), a sub-label overseen by longtime buyer Tadayuki Kato. BEAMS SSZ typically oversees the pop-ups and assorted collaborations, which sometimes involve famous stylist Akio Hasegawa.
Perhaps best known for styling the extremely cool nanamica lookbooks, Hasegawa wears many hats. For example, he juggles style responsibilities and a role of creative director at Nautica Japan with FREAKS STORE and AH.H, a creative and collaborative point of sale overseen by digital magazine HOUYHNHNM.
Kato and Hasegawa actually just teamed up on a pair of collaborative Vans Chukka sneakers, but these Clarks, a forgotten model called “Wallaroo,” are much more interesting.
They are a testament to Hasegawa’s obsession with ’90s youth clothing, a passion clearly exemplified by his predilection for creating looks with extremely oversized work and streetwear clothes borrowed from his personal archives.
According to Hasegawa, the Wallaroo was last made over two decades ago and he saw them in a showroom around the turn of the millennium, although they apparently never made it to market because the style was never released. never took off.
Hasegawa knows what he likes, however, so he asked for a pair – he still has and occasionally wears this pair of samples to this day.
Mid-cut, slip-on and co-branded, the BEAMS SSZ x Akio Hasegawa x Clarks Wallaroo are assembled from the required premium materials at the height of the price.
They are truly Hasegawa at their best, picking cool pieces from bygone eras and bringing them to new life with a contemporary twist. As such, the Wallaroo isn’t for everyone, but those who get it will be looking for it when it launches in Japan by mid-January.
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