Donald Glover Drops New Footwear Collection and Short Film Series With Adidas Originals
By Desiree Murphy
Donald Glover is finally giving fans a look at what he's been working on with Adidas Originals!
The 35-year-old actor and singer, whose stage name is Childish Gambino, dropped a new footwear collection with the iconic sportswear brand on Thursday, along with a series of short films in a partnership titled "Donald Glover Presents."
Glover's new footwear styles include the Nizza ($80), the Lacombe ($90), and the Continental 80 ($100), which are all reimagined from classic Adidas designs and inspired by subtle imperfections.
"Rich is a concept," Glover explains in a statement. "With this project, I wanted to encourage people to think about how their stories can be told on their feet. Value isn't quantified by what you wear, rather the experiences from them. And you make the decision on what works for you, you live through your own lens. The partnership for me is about being able to exemplify what doing your own thing truly looks and feels like."
If you look closely, you'll see that Glover paid plenty of attention to detail while designing these shoes. There's uneven stitching to give them a worn-in feel, along with the brand's signature three-stripe mark that is meant to look like it was hand-painted. There's also a moth that appears on the heel bumpers and insoles of the footwear, serving as the official symbol of the collaboration. According to a press release, the shoes will be available April 26 and each pair will come with three sets of custom shoelaces.
The short films that accompany the footwear not only star Glover -- opposite actress Mo'Nique -- but were also created by him, along with his Royalty creative agency, which is behind Glover's new Guava Island project with Rihanna.
Produced by Mamag Studios, the films that premiered via Glover's Instagram are titled 1985, Timber, Avocado, Polenta and Dusty. Watch below:
Adidas announced last September that Glover was named a brand co-creator for Adidas Originals, and would be teaming up with them on creative partnerships, footwear and apparel.
"I believe it's important not to feel like ideas are bound by specific guidelines, and Adidas Originals has given me the opportunity to create on my own terms," Glover said in a statement at the time. "I'm looking forward to seeing what that leads to."