On-The-Grid This Week: Watches, Sneakers, and AW'21 Drops

On-The-Grid This Week: Watches, Sneakers, and AW'21 Drops

From logomania, limited-edition watches and tradition-subverting collections to much-anticipated sneaker alliances and A/W 2021 drops, here is a round-up of the launches of the week.

Daily Paper x G-Shock

G-SHOCK was founded on the notion that a watch might exist that would never break. Project Team Tough, which was formed to oversee its development, built over 200 prototypes for performance testing and spent more than two years creating the structure and improving the parts. Fast forward 4 years and the G-SHOCK DW-5600 is introduced.

This will be the final model to feature the screw-back and full-metal case. The G-SHOCK DW-5600 has evolved since its introduction in 1987, adjusting to the ever-changing demands of technology while maintaining its distinctive square face style. The Japanese-brand has joined hands with Daily Paper and launched a limited edition DW-5600, a cop you shouldn't drop.

Daily Paper is an Amsterdam-based brand for whom African heritage plays muse, all imbued in contemporary silhouettes. The collaborative limited edition shoulders logomania with Daily Paper’s logo sitting above the display, also highlighted when the backlight is in use. The 90s-inspired watch is now available online and in both of Daily Paper’s flagship stores.

MSFTSrep A/W 2021 collection

The launch of MSFTSrep’s autumn 2021 collection marks a new chapter in Jaden’s creative journey. Known for pushing boundaries in everything he creates and works towards-music, philanthropy, design. This new collection is an extension of his highly refined and succinct creative practice.

The collection subverts tradition; combining surf, skater, and snowboarding culture with strong tailoring and references to streetwear and workwear aesthetics. In part an extension of the new American sportswear. The collection is self-described as “organized rebellion within the youth and features utility-oriented suits that can be worn in both casual and formal settings, shirts plastered with the brand’s graphic motifs and knitwear.

Jaden is contracted with Selfridges, a British luxury department store and is unveiling the collection in their physical locations before dropping them online on the 1st of October. His partnership with the store and focus on suiting and formal wear is quite telling of the sort of customer he wants to attract- sophisticated, tasteful and aware of institutional problems that haunt us all.

Adidas Superturf Adventure SW

Adidas Originals and Sean Wotherspoon have formed an alliance for a brand new spin on Response Hoverturf silhouette, the Superturf Adventure SW. It comes with a very naturalistic look which is aided by a sock liner and insole made of cent percent recycled polyester and an upper made of twenty percent recycled polyester.

The recycling theme is present in the most creative way beneath the tongue where the wisest Jiminy Cricket peaks from behind the zippers, Dis-nerds know that the character has appeared on recycling bins across Disneyland. The sneaker has an abundance of color with orange, blue, green, and purple, celebrating the great outdoors. This already cool look is made even cooler by an accompanying apparel capsule with T-Shirts and Hoodies and the cherry on the top is a detachable pouch on the speed-lacing closure of the shoe.

The sneaker will be available from the 25th of September, which is also the date of SUPEREARTH's final episode featuring the designer and his pals.

Gundam X Nike SB Dunk Highs

Gundam redefined anime culture in the late 1970s, bringing the Tokyo, Japan-based company's futuristic vision to the rest of the world. Gundam's work with animation and toy design, defined by a synergy between compelling storyline and skillful design, has impacted collector culture for decades and continues to inspire and innovate.

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The SB Dunk High "Gundam" is a monument to creativity and hard effort, bringing DIY inspiration and science-fiction fashion to an iconic series of wacky SB Dunks. This sneaker is ready to suit up and go mobile, with a changeable Swoosh—each stylized to significantly vary the silhouette, depending on whether you want to go bright or tactically clean. From the toe box detailing, flashes of color, and the accompanying decal sheet that's recognizably true robotic, the "Gundam" Dunk honors heritage and the synergy between Nike SB and Gundam collector culture.

Gundam x Nike SB Dunk Highs arrived at select skate shops in Japan, China, and Europe on September 24th.

Almost Gods AW 21

Delhi based label Almost Gods is redefining streetwear through their dynamic design philosophy. With a name that turns heads, this brand is replete with bold graphic visuals and interesting silhouettes that all harken back to a celebration of the sheer power of humankind.

The Almost God’s brand statement which centres the notion of Future Communion emanates through their latest AW 21 collection. The slip dress, sleeveless tees and hoodie based on Pyroclastic flows are standouts from the collection. The AW21 collection is also Almost Gods first foray into creating bags, which are created with dead-stock and recycled fabrics as part of their resurrected line.

Lil Nas X and Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean-Paul Gaultier’s collaboration with Lil Nas X is an amalgamation of the singer’s chaotic aesthetic and the designer’s iconic second-skin mesh top from the Spring-Summer 2001 collection. The Italian-made mesh top is an homage to the rapper’s debut album Montero and features soaring devils, a blazing fire, and Lil Nas X as the angel he is. This is a limited edition with, appropriately, only 666 units available. The specific number is a reference to Lil Nas X’s 'Satan Shoes' a pair of 666 custom Nike Air Max 97s that dropped early 2021.

This collaboration is fitting as both Gaultier and Lil Nas X continually reference queer culture within their creative work. The Gaultier label in itself is trying to rebrand itself to appeal to Gen-Z so the collaboration is a win-win for the brand.

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