Last Thursday, we were lucky enough to be in attendance at a special preview evening for the adidas SPEZIAL Trainer Exhibition which is taking place as part of the British Textile Biennial at Blackburn's Cotton Exchange.
This latest SPEZIAL exhibition presents a showcase of the entire SPEZIAL footwear archive alongside some never before seen working prototypes, first round samples, signed shoes by global names, and a comprehensive presentation of the European ‘City’ Series.
adidas SPEZIAL has historically given numerous nods to the North West in the naming of both its footwear and apparel products - particularly names that relate to the Blackburn and Darwen area. Names like the Settend SPZL and Bulhill SPZL have appeared in the footwear offerings of past seasons. Outside of the SL80 SPZL reissue, the Autumn/Winter 2019 SPEZIAL range has a local focus. The product naming compliments the geographical location of this latest exhibition with the Winterhill SPZL outdoor boots, the Hoddlesden SPZL leisure shoes and the much anticipated Blackburn SPZL trainers whose colours take inspiration from the red rose of Lancashire.
With the room packed, drinks flowing, and Mani from The Stone Roses playing the tunes, we took some time to work our way around the exhibition and marvelling at all of the three-striped goodness from past and present.
While all of this was going on, there were some avid adidas fans waiting patiently outside of the exhibition - some of those who had been there since the beginning of the week - for the adidas Blackburn SPZL 'Nightsafe' edition to drop on Friday. HANON are the official pop-up stockists at the event, and on Friday at midday, we opened the doors to a 160+ strong queue of people and let them get their hands on the limited edition shoe with all proceeds going to Nightsafe.
Following the release on Friday, we transformed our pop-up area for the rest of the weekend with some product from the SS19 SPEZIAL Collection as well as a limited edition run of 500 event t-shirts which are now SOLD OUT.
We will be releasing the full FW19 SPEZIAL Collection including the Blackburn SPZL on Friday 11th of October at the Blackburn Cotton Exchange from midday on a first come first serve basis.
Please note that sales are card only.
Scroll down to see some of our highlights from the exhibition, familiar faces, and a sneak peak at the upcoming Malmo and Oslo 'City' Series releases which are set to drop before the year is out.