Here we have a sneaker from the 2nd installment of Onitsuka Tiger x Koi Klub. Koi Klub is a monthly club in Berlin, promoted by Yoske Nishiumi since 2002. Themed on the concept of the diverse meaning of the word ‘Koi’ in the Japanese language, the club has evolving artwork created by Zen Yoshimoto, whose detailed models interpret the Koi fish and have become a curious focal point for visitors. Four years ago Koi Klub teamed up with Onitsuka Tiger to offer their products to the visiting DJs and musicians. In 2005, Nishiumi was provided with blank shoes from Onitsuka Tiger with which he invited artists and designers to use the colours of the Koi fish as a guide.
The collaboration continues with the latest FABRE BIG KOI collection. The concept employs varsity jacket style material combos of leather, wool and chenille. The laces have detailed Japanese print of the varying definition of ‘Koi’. Varsity styled patches on the heel represent the Japanese character for Koi and 02 (Koi Klub founding date). The range includes a Red, Black and Grey – these are a limited global release and are in stores now.
Promotional video can been seen below