Hender Scheme Summer / Fall 2021 Collection
Hender Scheme’s tongue-in-cheek “HOMMAGE” series has helped the Japanese brand make international waves, and it hasn’t stopped the seasonal flow of opulent reworked references, which continue with its 2021 “Summer / Fall” delivery. Accompanied by another riff from Birkenstock Boston, Hender Scheme plays with Nike’s Air Max 90 and Air Jordan 1, transforming these peerless silhouettes into meticulously crafted leather goods that pair well with Hender Scheme’s own shoe designs. .
Like its previous offering, Hender Scheme’s latest collection shies away from the traditional spring / summer or fall / winter denomination “summer / fall” – Japan prefers fall to fall – to reflect the multi-seasonal nature of his products. Considering that much of the brand’s lineup consists of home goods and footwear, it seems almost pointless but, again, part of the curious appeal of Hender Scheme is its ability to transform the convention as an exception.
The new MIP-25 (Manual Industrial Products) breathes new life into the unassailable silhouette of the Air Max 90 thanks to Hender Scheme’s signature vegetable tanned leather, loaded with a realistic ridged texture and made in the same style as the shoes traditional complete with leather sole. Much less recognizable is the Air Jordan 1, redesigned as a black commando-sole boot finished with contrasting white stitching. Despite the makeover, the shoe’s inspiration can be recognized by its curved collar, vamp and profile. It is a HOMAGE of a new kind, much less obvious to the layman but no less sumptuous.
As usual, Hender Scheme’s seasonal dishes are teeming with quirks ranging from flower tumblers and python-patterned key chains to bags made from richly grained leather. Fan favorites like belts and tissue holders come with new items that include padded bags and smooth leather caps. On the front of the shoes, the uniquely adjustable Foot Cast, Rope Sandals and Haze return alongside creative concoctions like the Horn Loafer and weather-resistant “Schlaf” boots.
All Hender Scheme stores and resellers in Japan will launch their new summer / fall items on June 12, with western resellers likely to receive new inventory shortly thereafter.