Indulge in some sartorial nostalgia with Onitsuka’s ’90s-style chunky sneakers


Indulge in some sartorial nostalgia with Onitsuka’s ’90s-style chunky sneakers

We speak to the creative director, Andrea Pompilio, on his favourite pieces

By Drishti Kapadia  September 16th, 2019

ELLE: What is the main concept this season?

Andrea Pompilio: The concept is called ‘Downtown Rave’. I drew inspiration from the illegal parties I went to in the ’80s and early ’90s, where they played techno and the mood was very psychedelic.

Oversized silhouettes, bold colours and logomania reigned supreme

ELLE: What are the key pieces ?

AP: Chunky sneakers, shiny and matte fabric jackets and tracksuit from the ’60s have all been reinvented in a contemporary way.

The retro-futuristic sneakers from the A/W ’19 collection

ELLE: How do you add your signature style to the designs?

AP: Onitsuka Tiger has a very strong history; and every season, I try to give the brand an opportunity to grow without dramatically changing its identity.

Supassara Thanachart and Andrea Pompilio at the launch

ELLE: What are your favourite pieces from the collection?

AP: Even though Onitsuka Tiger has grown a lot as a ready-to-wear brand, I’ll still pick the sneakers.

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