What do Uma Thurman and Bruce Lee have in common? They’re both fans of Onitsuka Tiger‘s iconic Mexico 66s – the latter having worn the sneakers in Game of Death (1973) and in turn, influenced Thurman’s memorable outfit in Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003).
The Japanese sportswear label has long been a powerhouse in its native country (its turning 70 this year) and lately it’s been on a roll, releasing a collaboration with Givenchy last month that no one saw coming.
We were in Bangkok recently to scoop out Onitsuka Tiger’s F/W’19 collection, which was presented at the Thai city’s buzzy Warehouse 30 as both a runway show and a thumping good party – which perfectly exemplified the collection’s dystopia-meets-Berlin-rave aesthetic.
Things that caught our eye: those neat quilted trousers, catch-and-release belts that ought to be make for a great accessory, snow goggles-esque eyewear, the nifty tone-on-tone tracksuits (big for F’W’19) and an abundance of saturated hues that would stand out at any party.
And we’d be remiss if we missed out on the kicks – F/W’19 sees Onitsuka’s sneaker offerings upsized; many designs come with chunky platforms, such as the one pictured above, the Chunky Runner Lo, a modern interpretation of the Buffalo sneakers that were so popular in the ’90s.
Those who prefer something more lightweight: the Fabre BL-S 2.0, an update of the original basketball shoe model that was first launched in 1975, would be a great option. These come in standard hues such as navy and black, but why not be exciting for once and go for this eye-catching Barney purple pair?
Below, our picks of the accessories range for all the sneakerheads out there:
The Onitsuka Tiger F/W’19 collection will arrive in monthly drops starting from July at the brand’s stores.