adidas Spezial SS20 Collection

This season, adidas Spezial takes inspiration from the look and the lineage of the British Soul scenes. There is a thread that runs from the Northern Soul phenomenon of the 1970s through the early House/Jazz Fusion of the 80s through Acid Jazz in the 90s that has left an unshakable imprint and legacy. The 70s saw London’s ‘Soul boys’ setting their own style agenda whilst working-class youths in the north were requesting rare, fast-tempo soul records in the clubs and dancehalls of Wigan and Blackpool. These young men and women created their own localised interpretation of American soul music and laid the foundations for much of the styling for the decades that followed. Spezial brings a contemporary take on this story across a range of apparel and footwear, rediscovering long-lost gems from the adidas archive and creating premium editions of essential 3-stripes apparel. 
The apparel for this collection features the Standish anorak, a terrace classic in Ash Blue with an orange colour pop. There is the boxy-fit Holbeck jacket in Spice Yellow that is rainproof and features a contrast inside binding. The Newsam long sleeve polo comes in an engineered knit whilst there are two new T-shirt styles in the Hartcliffe and McLoughlin along with the Heswall shorts -  all featuring adidas SPEZIAL branding. The Pleckgate tracksuit, arguably the hero piece of the apparel collection, is based on the fit of the Forest Gate tracksuit - a Spezial classic from back in 2017. 

The SPEZIAL footwear selection for SS20 consists of four styles, blending adidas’ iconic aesthetic with the eye for detail and authenticity now synonymous with the SPEZIAL range. The Ashurst SPZL - based on the adidas Sydney from the City Running Series - rejuvenates a hard-to-find shoe from the adidas archive and gives people the chance to finally get their hands on this vintage silhouette. The Lotherton SPZL takes the much loved Ardwick SPZL silhouette from the very first SPEZIAL collection and re-adjusts it to create a completely new hybrid that uses the vintage adidas Florida colour-way. The footwear selection also includes the easy-to-wear Training 76 SPZL, a low profile shoe that takes its lead from the Japanese version of the adidas Berlin. Finally, there is the Zurro SPZL, whose upper pattern is based on the vintage adidas Azzurro married up with the striped midsole of an ultra-rare version of the adidas Montreal 76.

adidas SPEZIAL SS20 is completed by a range of accessories that overlays the collection’s Soul influence onto classics from previous SPEZIAL collections along with the archival classics. Both the SPEZIAL towel and Mod Trefoil socks return in new iterations, and are accompanied by the Meanwood bucket hat. The Parbold bag is the flagship piece that acts as storyteller for the collection - adorned with graphic patches it gives a nod to the adidas bags carried by those aficionados of the Northern Soul era. 
adidas Spezial is a love letter to the expansive history of adidas Originals - particularly British ‘terrace’ styles and the cultures that surround them. It connects the dots throughout the decades to create the definitive casual wardrobe for all generations.

Remaining Pieces from the adidas Spezial SS20 Collection are available now via the button below.

adidas Ashurst SPZL
Grey/Yellow/Core Black
Price: £89.00

adidas Lotherton SPZL
Price: £85.00

adidas Training 76 SPZL
Ftwr White/Core Black
Price: £89.00

adidas Zurro SPZL 
Blue/Bright Yellow
Price: £75.00

adidas Standish Anorak SPZL
Ash Blue
Price: £229.00

adidas Holbeck Jacket SPZL
Spice Yellow 
Price: £179.00

adidas Pleckgate Track Track Top SPZL
Price: £159.00

adidas Pleckgate Track Pant SPZL
Price: £129.00

adidas Newsam LS Polo SPZL
Price: £89.00

adidas Heswall Short SPZL
Tech Gold
Price: £65.00

adidas Mcloughlin Tee SPZL
Medium Grey Heather 
Price: £39.00

adidas Hartcliffe Tee SPZL
Price: £49.00

adidas Towel SPZL
Collegiate Orange/Off White
Price: £65.00

adidas Meanwood Bucket Hat SPZL
Chalk White
Price: £49.00

adidas MFT Sock SPZL
BLACK/Chalk White
Price: £18.00

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