Building on the success of previous drops, DRx and Deborah Meirelles Azevedo come together once again to cut, stitch and reassemble deadstock adidas garments for a 60-piece one-of-a-kind capsule collection exclusive to LN-CC.
From our on-going RxCYCLE project which gives new life to old garments by transforming them into furniture to the recently launched co-branded upcycling capsule DRx FARMAxY for LN-CC, LN-CC are continually learning from Dr. Romanelli (DRx). The Los Angeles-based upcycling pioneer of reinterpretation, deconstruction and resurrection has long been known for revitalising garments to tell the consumer a new story. While Dr. Romanelli’s brand is multi-dimensional, transcending industries from fashion to music and marketing, DRx FARMAxY for LN-CC is an outlet that sees him work alongside Paris-based interdisciplinary artist Deborah Meirelles Azevedo on monthly product drops focused of crafting beauty out of an unsettled moment.
Like many conscious designers, the more Deborah learned about the fashion industry, the harder it became to justify herself as a creative within it. After meeting Darren, she was able to cultivate a space in which she could channel her creativity into growth and innovation. “It’s a privilege to be able to create pieces and say they are sustainable, from the materials to conception, we are the little resistance in our industry and we plan to become the future of it.” For her latest act of resistance, the reimagined sportswear collection radiates a playful, vibrant, and nostalgic energy - a reminder to have a more colourful outlook on life.
To celebrate the power of community and our collective responsibility to make the world a more loving place for both humans and the planet, LN-CC invited creative football collective Romance FC to try on the new capsule collection. Founded in 2012, Romance FC has spent the last 9 years using football to build community, develop careers and bring women and non-binary people together in a way that challenges both the sports and creative industries they play a part in. The team continues to grow in size, heart and mindset while continuing to encourage and inspire all generations through a clearer reflection of a more equal, accessible game that represents today’s society.
The 60+ strong team is made up of musicians, filmmakers, designers and more. We asked some of the team’s players to share with us what they love most about planet Earth and what adidas’ iconic three stripes mean to each of them.
DRx FARMAxY FOR LN-CC is a project based around recycling and sustainability, rooted in a deep appreciation for the earth, what do you love most about planet earth?
Trisha Lewis: Mother nature - she’s a reminder that no-one on this planet is bigger, stronger, more powerful or influential than she is. It’s a humbling feeling that keeps me grounded.
Emma Noble: I love our beautiful coast lines. And any waves to splash around in. A cool rule I picked up when surfing in Portugal is ‘3 for the sea’. Every time you are using the ocean or beach pick up at least 3 pieces of litter - '3 for the sea'.
Minty Barnor: What I love most about Earth is it’s unassuming and eternal wisdom, what some people call intelligent design. As humans we place our experience on earth centering humans, but Earth was here before us and she’ll be here after us, with her wisdom and her mystery and for that I remain humbled and in awe, always.
Focusing on deadstock, the collection features the famous three stripes throughout, what are you earliest memories of this iconic symbol?
Trisha Lewis: My sister bought me my first pair of hi-top trainers on a weekend trip to London when I was about 5. They were the adidas Originals Pro Conference Hi in white and green and I wore them straight out of the shop. The laces were so long I had to wrap them around my ankles twice, but I absolutely loved them and wore them to the point they started talking back to me.
Emma Noble: My Uncle Andrew must have worn black Sambas every day - every time I saw him - I think he had like 10 pairs. I remember being gassed about my first pair of superstars - after that I worked up quite a collection, my number 1s being a pair of very bright ZX 500s I bought on holiday in Venice.
Afreen Saulat: I grew up in India and the middle east for a large part of my early childhood, so for me Adidas at that point was this cool luxury brand that my parents couldn’t afford. So, I remember going to charity shops and always being on the lookout for Adidas stuff I could buy and the logo always stuck out to me.
If you could identify one person for making a difference in sport, either on or off the field, who would that be? And why?
Jasmine Breinburg: Trisha Lewis. Changing my life by facilitating a space where I could reconnect with football after years. I'm forever grateful.
Tiger Reid: Naomi Osaka for many reasons but as a mixed-race Japanese person she is my number one role model. Watching her light the Olympic torch was too emotional. She is changing the very rigid ideas of what it means to be Japanese and making room for our stories.
Minty Barnor: This answer probably is not PC but it is honest - definitely Zinedine Zidane in 2006 with the infamous headbutt moment, he became my hero in that moment. Zinedine is an excellent athlete but that moment, although perhaps wrong, was decisive and fearless. And sometimes in sport as in life that attitude is necessary (other times it’s also not) but regardless we have to deal with the consequences. Off the field however, I have read about how some people have argued that the incident illustrates that athletes of colour who are held up as race ambassadors are used strategically by the state to deflect attention from critical debate and to obscure state violence. A point I think we have seen played out before and one I agree with.