After the successful 2016 Fusion 2.0 collaboration with Karhu, we team up once again with our focus towards the Legacy 96.
Footpatrol’s Creative Brand Lead Asheeba Charles was keen to tap into Helsinki’s Fashion & Streetwear scene and wanted to work alongside a Finnish designer on a three-way apparel & footwear collaboration.
Finnish designer Sasu Kauppi a Central Saint Martin’s graduate was called upon and embraced the project immediately. Before launching his own unisex streetwear brand SSSU, Kauppi was design director and head of menswear design at YEEZY fashion line.
During the footwear design stages, after input from both Footpatrol & KARHU, the final design was reached through a process of elimination, resulting in a premium offering.
Presented in a Paloma Grey & White colourway, the KARHU x Footpatrol x SSSU Legacy 96 takes advantage in using premium materials throughout. Long nap suede material is used across the entire toe-box area with reflective detail overlays atop. Pig skin suede is used on the toe cap and heel.
A combination of three meshes are seen throughout – the open mesh underlay on the medial and lateral panels, shiny ribbed mesh used on the tongue and collar, and diamond mesh lining. The custom lockup logo features in embroidered form on the long nap toe-box and on the woven tongue label.
Textured and smooth leather overlays complete the shoe with each partner’s brand logo embroidered & printed on the heel. The shoes come with a spare set of bright white laces.
Accompanying the footwear, based off the original triple panelled SSSU tracksuit, the KARHU X Footpatrol X SSSU version maintains the same relaxed 90s style fit. The sweatshirt is made up of varying shades of mid-heavy French Terry material with a ribbed neck collar/cuff/waist, and branded taping on the sides. The taping featuring all three brand logos has been simplified to meet a more commercial approach. Chenille KARHU branding is added to the sweatshirt with Footpatrol and SSSU text embroidered in-between & below the KARHU letters.
The triple panelled sweatpant features an elasticated waistband and cuff, with two side pockets.
The Karhu x Footpatrol x SSSU ‘Legacy 96’ & Tracksuit will be launching in-store and online on Saturday 17th October (Available online from 08:00AM BST), sizes will range from UK6 – UK12, priced at £125. The Tracksuit will be available in sizes S – Xxl, priced at £115.