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CFCL & ASICS Collaboration Unveils Environmentally Friendly “GEL-LYTE III CM1.95” Sneaker.

Especially within the confines of the realm of fashion, transitions often mark new beginnings and creative evolution. The end of Issey Miyake Men's line signified not just a closure but also the emergence of Yusuke Takahashi's solo journey, i.e. the birth of CFCL.

CFCL, an acronym for Clothing For Contemporary Life, embodies a philosophy deeply rooted in conscious craftsmanship and a commitment to creating versatile apparel that resonates with the modern lifestyle. Takahashi's experience and technical expertise gained from his tenure at Miyake seamlessly transition into his solo venture, bringing forth a collection that echoes his signature style while embracing new creative horizons.

One of the horizons that have been explore is CFCL joining forces with ASICS, a collaboration that has unveiled the groundbreaking "GEL-LYTE III CM1.95" sneaker.

Launched during Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2024, this sneaker marks a significant milestone in the quest for environmentally friendly footwear.

What sets this collaboration apart from epigones is its commitment to reducing carbon emissions without compromising on quality or design. The GEL-LYTE III CM1.95 sneaker boasts a minimalistic yet sophisticated look, with a color palette that reflects CFCL's unique style and ASICS' iconic design elements.

The key innovation of this sneaker lies in its use of advanced materials and technologies.

Newly developed carbon-negative foam, derived from bio-based polymers and sugarcane, not only ensures comfort but also contributes to reducing CO2 emissions.

The upper and sockliner are crafted from recycled materials, further enhancing the sneaker's eco-friendly credentials.

Beyond its eco-friendly attributes, the GEL-LYTE III CM1.95 excels in comfort and performance. Available in a range of stylish colorways, including Potpourri/Blazing Yellow, Black/Black, and White/White, the taping structure reduces material usage while promoting renewable energy, adding to the sneaker's overall sustainability. Whether worn for everyday activities or special occasions, this sneaker is a testament to the possibilities of combining style with environmental consciousness.

With its innovative design, sustainable materials, and low carbon emissions, the CFCL X GEL-LYTE III CM1.95 sneaker represents a significant and inspirational step for ASICS towards a greener future in footwear to accomplish net-zero while broadening product design expressions.

An often overlooked and criminally underrated facet of ASICS's offerings is its Sportstyle range, whichs represents a unique blend of sports heritage and modern lifestyle designs, offering a fresh perspective on streetwear for the contemporary style enthusiast.

These pieces are not just about fashion; they embody a spirit of innovation and versatility, merging ASICS' renowned performance technology with cutting-edge design aesthetics.

At the heart of ASICS Sportstyle is a commitment to enhancing your lifestyle. Whether you're hitting the streets or embracing a more casual vibe, ASICS Sportstyle sneakers, apparel, and accessories are designed to elevate your everyday look. From classic silhouettes with a modern twist to bold designs that make a statement, ASICS Sportstyle offers something for everyone looking to infuse their wardrobe with a touch of athletic flair.

An example par excellence for the merits of ASICS Sportstyle creations is the subtle and understated Half Sleeved Crew Tee. This unisex short-sleeved top is not your average tee; it's designed with the ergonomics of ASICS sports technologies, making it a versatile and stylish choice for a range of scenarios.

We love the thoughtful design features: The adjustable drawcords at the sides and hem allow you to create different silhouettes, giving you the freedom to customize your look to suit your mood or the occasion. Whether you prefer a relaxed fit or a more tailored appearance, this tee has you covered and effortlessly adds flair to your couture.

The main material used in crafting this tee is a cotton-feel jersey with 50% recycled polyester. This blend not only provides a soft and comfortable feel against your skin but also contributes to sustainable fashion practices by utilizing recycled materials. Additionally, the quick-drying properties of the fabric make it ideal for active individuals who are constantly on the move, especially when travelling and transitioning from different climates.


Words by AW.

Photos courtesy of ASICS.


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