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Yohji Yamamoto

Y-3 Take Sportswear To The Next Level

Since 2003, when adidas and avant garde designer Yohji Yamamoto put their heads together in the pursuit of more unique ventures, Y-3 has always been an interesting one to watch. Established well before the days when the word Athleisure was even coined, let alone unblinkingly accepted onto some of the biggest runways in the world, the brand not only carved a reputation for challenging the pre-conceived conceptions that surround sportswear silhouettes as a whole, but set the bar when it came to how collaborations can and should be done.

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Perhaps one of the most alluring qualities Y-3 possess is their sense of identity. Inspired by the contrast between smart and casual outfitting and fuelled by a growing disinterest with making, ‘fancy clothing’ the brand combines Yohji’s more left-field approach with that of adidas’ performance-driven sensibilities, balancing, twisting and combining iconic elements from both sides into something that feels wholly Y-3.

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Uniting the majority of their offering under a monochromatic banner, Y-3’s decision to remove colour from their designs allows more emphasis to be placed upon shape, form and function giving way for a selection of technical nuance and interesting use of fabrics to find their way to the surface.

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Take for example this seasons interpretation of the classic track pants. Placing the bold contrasting three stripes to the inside leg for a slight spin on a quintessential trait, the pants are imbued with masterful modern tailoring with a relaxed fit through the thigh, slight taper to the ankles and a cropped length. Finished with inner zip cuffs, four pockets and an elasticated drawstring waist, the track pants give way to a tonal Y-3 logo for a hit of subtle branding.

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Track tops have also been given some love with asymmetrical details and subtle alterations aligning the somewhat everyday garment with the other quality bits up for grabs. Featuring a contrasting varsity style applique YOHJI callout to the back, the jacket also comes with adjustable cuffs, a fleece lined interior and two front concealed zip pockets, the track top comes complete with tonal stripes and Y-3 logo to the left side only.

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Unsurprisingly some of the main talking points found throughout the collection are the accessories, most notably Y-3’s fresh interpretation of the cross-body bag. Constructed in a sling design, the bags come with the ability to be customised to suit the wearers desired needs with straps and storage compartments easily added or removed.

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Staple pieces have also been given a precise update with t-shirts, hoodies and hats boasting an array of enviable qualities which include sleek one piece constructions, juxtaposed monikers and signature Yohji cuts.

Making their welcome return both the Y-3 Ren and Kaiwa can be found amongst the greyscale ranks. With updated colourways applied and notable characteristics preserved the sneakers make use of adidas’ affinity for footwear to ensure their staunch looks are matched with plenty of practical utility. Sat alongside the decisively geometric Y-3 Yuuto, which revives one of the first sneakers ever released by Y-3, and the ultra-contemporary Yohji Courts the brand once again prove they are not to be crossed when it comes to on-foot craftsmanship.

Shop the full Y-3 line-up online or in store now.

Y-3 New Arrivals

Y3 Sneaker FYW S-97

Y-3 FYW S-97: Yohji Yamamoto Remixes An adidas Icon

Y-3 Transforms The Iconic FYW S-97 Sneaker

After more than 16 years of fruitful partnership, adidas and Yohji Yamamoto are working on forging an even stronger alliance; with the Three Stripes label offering Y-3 exclusive access to the FYW S-97 sneaker.

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The revolutionary design first debuted in ’97 during a time when the footwear industry hadn’t really got off the ground yet. Trainer technology was still in its inception stage and sneaker styles were delivered through narrowminded visions. Cue the trailblazing tactics of adidas

In-house experts at the sportswear label instilled fresh energy into the industry when they launched their ‘Feet You Wear’ technology. The science behind FYW technology, to which the shoe takes its name, was ambitious in every way. Previous designs had led the way for square-shaped soles, while this runner chose to hone in on the natural contours of the foot. Though more rounded trainers like this were virtually unheard of at the time, the masses embraced them full-force. Thus, setting the wheels in motion for boundless interpretations to come.

Now, in today’s age, where luxury and athleisure often collide – as the Y-3 partnership has so often proved, the FYW S-97 trainer is to take a premium turn. More streamlined than the original, Y-3’s FYW S-97 boasts a strictly angled design at the toe. However, its sharper silhouette still imbues referential flair for the past. These retro details unfold in the wavy lines showcased on the midsole and caging system.

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Layers of Primeknit can be found across the uppers of both the black and white pairs, something FYW S-97 fans will be used to. Closer up, suede and leather overlays fall in all the usual spots, while a sock-like fit around the ankle provides superlative flexibility.

Perhaps the most distinctive element of this iteration is the Yohji Yamamoto sign off. Etched in white on the black colourway and vice versa, the emblazoned script is truly symbolic of status. A signal from the Japanese designer that these sneakers are wholly Y-3. Finally, dual density Boost™ cushioning propels the foot from the ground upwards. As a result, wearers can expect the smoothest ride ever and unbeatable comfort.Yohji Yamamoto Y-3 FYW S-97

Set to get the streets and the sneaker scene talking, this luxe Y-3 FYW S-97 remix is a game changer. Cop both colourways at Aphrodite in-store or online when the sneakers launch July 18th, 2019.

Runaway Fashion: Y-3 Kaiwa

We spent time really considering how the apparel and shoes connect and the message that sends. Always with Y-3, you see the very best of Yohji Yamamoto and the very best of Y-3.

Now into its 15th year of fashion matrimony, the collaboration between sportswear giants adidas and master tailor Yohji Yamamoto has seen a seamless diffusion between functional streetwear and unique design. With the modern-day collection from Y-3 adopting techwear sensibilities, it’s no surprise that their newest collection harnesses the light and tight feel of techwear upon its founder’s monochromatic colour palette.

The new season saw deconstructed aesthetic dialled to the max and that theme sits perfectly on the debuting Kaiwa silhouette. The chunky runner still shows a streamlined sensibility with its Orca like qualities, a clean and uncomplicated design that spices it up with contrasting detailing and a mixed material of neoprene and black leather. With its midsole protrusions to the block white foam sole unit, this silhouette has been quoted by Vogue as taking design cues from French artist César’s Expansion with it’s bulbous and seemingly unpredictable shapes, or as we noted similar to fragments of bone, especially in their contrasting white as ever displaying Yohji’s intrinsically avant-garde ideas even on an athletically designed model such as the Kaiwa.

Sometimes accidents happen when outfit and sneaker not mix; but in this accident can find a new sensitivity, a new balance. It’s a gift and we’re enjoying that gift.

With this initial drop and an inverse colourway presented on the runway, you can guarantee this isn’t the only run out for this bold new offering from the collaboration.


Y-3 Kaiwa Drops At Aphrodite1994 August 3rd

Comme des Garcons Shirt

Outfit – Tokyo to Paris

This season we welcomed Japanese label Commes des Garçons Shirt to the Aphrodite family and as their array of t-shirts are too good not to shout about we thought we’d make some form of an introduction by teaming our favourite edition, the Tartan Logo T-Shirt, with a few pieces from the brand’s Paris based neighbours, thus providing a bit of fashion trivia along the way.

As French as Comme des Garcons Shirt may at first glance appear, it is always as a surprise that many learn its Japanese (Tokyo) origins and the brand is most certainly not alone in this theme as there are others who follow a similar suit, APC for instance, a Paris based brand founded by Tunisian fashion designer Jean Touitou. While designers Martin Margiela, of another Paris based label Maison Margiela, and Raf Simons, who held a three-year title as Dior’s creative director, are both of Belgian descent.

Outfit - Margiela, CDG, Adidas x Raf Simons, Y3


Today’s outfit features tartan text t-shirt by Comme des Garçons Shirt, black oversized hoodie by Maison Margiela, black jeans by APC, burgundy Ozweego III trainers by Adidas x Raf Simons and not forgetting this black logo backpack by Y3‘s Yohji Yamamoto because you cant speak of Paris and not include this technical genius, click link to see what we mean!


Y3 Trainers

Y3 Noci Low | Core Black / Crystal White | Available Now

Y3 continues its consistently surprising, futuristic SS17 drop with another eye-catcher in the Noci Low. Coming off like a boot for hiking on a far-flung planet, the decidedly forward-thinking silhouette comes with a flexible neoprene, sock-fit upper with welded TPU overlays, an asymmetrical lacing system and a boldly-branded heel quarter. This all sits atop a sturdy, geometric outsole with reinforced contrast heel blocks, delivering the aggressive-yet-streamlined stance that Y3 are known for.

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Whether you rock them with the customary joggers, take it up a notch with skinny black jeans or take your chances on the weather and pair them with shorts, they’re sure to turn heads.

The Y3 Noci Low is available now from Aphrodite Clothing.

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adidas and Yohji Yamamoto the creatives behind the Y-3 brand have created yet another outstanding collection. They bring us their Spring/Summer 17 collection full of advanced fabrics, fusing sportswear and lifestyle designs together to create a luxury functional sportswear aesthetic. Featuring monochrome hues, geometric patterns and sporty stripes this classic style from Y-3 doesn’t disappoint.


Shop the Y3 collection here.

Y-3 Pure Boost ZG Knit silhouette lands at Aphrodite

Y-3 lovers have been waiting to get their hands on the highly anticipated Pure Boost ZG Knit silhouette since its debut at the SS16 runway show in Paris.

Here at Aphrodite we are stocking the unique trainer in two distinctive colour-ways. Go monochrome or opt for a more colour-pop vibe with the purple style which boasts yellow detailing.

The trainer follows a low-top construction, crafted from Primeknit elements to allow to balance texture with flexible and breathable properties. Yohji Yamamoto gives a nod to Adidas with signature three stripe paneling to the sides containing Y-3 branding.

The Pure Boost ZG Knit also holds the Boost mid-sole to give instant energy as soon as your feet hit the ground. The details are reminiscent of the Ultra Boost, again showing that this collaboration was meant to be.

Yamamoto combines two classic colours that work well always, black and white. Tonal uppers and bold white stripe details make this style a must-have for any Y-3 fan who loves to keep up to date with the latest release. Both trainers are complete with a rubber sole for durability and convenient full lace fastening.

The purple colour-way has a unique feel, with the same style tonal upper mixed with bright yellow detail to the heel cage and Y-3 lettering on the sides and tongue. If you’d like to keep it subtle or if you’d prefer to stand out from the crowd, there’s a colour-way to suit your style.

Both colour-ways are available to buy online here and in our Sunderland store now. We are more than certain that the Pure Boost ZG Knit will be dominating the streets soon enough.


Y-3 Qasa High Returns For AW2015

Y-3 Qasa High

Yohji Yamamoto and adidas set the sneaker world alight with the first release of the Y-3 Qasa High back in late 2013. Its innovative design coupled with the Y-3 branding saw it catapulted into the spotlight as the ‘must-have’ sneaker of the moment. Demand has not showed any signs of slowing for the Qasa High and the latest release is set to hit the shelves on 25 July 2015.

Incorporating a soft and lightweight neoprene upper, the Qasa High goes one step further by wrapping tonal elastic wraps in various angles to give the upper its unique appearance. Premium leather panels accent the neoprene upper and offset the RPU lacing system. The comfortable tubular EVA sole unit is designed to allow for even weight distribution and comfort and the recent success of the adidas Originals Tubular Runner which adopts the same design is testament to how effective it is.

Its design has influenced various styles of sneakers that have been released since and will always bee seen as a forward thinking shoe of its time.

This new interpretation sees the familiar neoprene upper with the tonal elasticated wraps accenting the upper. The colourway is what sets this new release apart from its predecessors as it adopts a highly contrasting red / black / white palette. The usual tubular sole it still in operation which offers unbelievable comfort.

You can check out our full range of Y-3 trainers over on the main website now. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give one of our friendly customer service staff a call on 0191 5675898 or use our Livechat facility on the website.

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Y3 Sprint Classic II Trainers

Y-3 Sprint Classic

For years the Y3 Sprint Classic has been the footwear of choice for consumers looking for something that will bridge the gap between the comfort of sportswear and high-end luxury fashion. The brand themselves refer to the shoe as a luxury urban sneaker, showcasing some of the main features of a sneaker but boasting some luxurious features. Hailing from the Y-3 collaborative brand between sportswear giant adidas Originals and Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto, the Sprint Classic was an instant success, often seen on a number of celebrities in magazines and on television.

After so much success with the original Sprint Classic, Y-3 introduced the rather unimaginatively titled Y-3 Sprint Classic II; Hey, if something isn’t broke, why try and fix it? Taking on the same silhouette as its predecessor, the second incarnation of the luxury trainers sees it take on a unique perforated leather upper. Still harbouring many of the same features as the original, this newer version opts for a more monochrome colourway with only subtle hints of the original orange colour that adorned much of the first shoe.

The usual TPU welded three-stripe design borrowed from adidas is still utilised and incorporates the Yohji Yamamoto branding. Embroidered Y-3 branding is found on the padded tongue whilst the brands name is also concealed under the leather heel tab which lifts up. A part-leather lined inner enhances the quality of the shoe along with the smooth leather panels running along the front of the toe box and side panel.

Priced at £195.00, the Y-3 Sprint Classic II is available to purchase now in our Y3 category. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of our friendly customer service representatives on [email protected] or 0191 5675898

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Published by Mark Logan