9 Oct 2023 By May Ng

Moncler X Adidas Originals

Designed for exploration, Moncler and adidas Originals’ new collection pushes the boundaries of co-creation as the two iconic brands find inspiration in the journey from mountainous peaks to the city below. Moncler’s mountain birthplace meets the metropolitan base of adidas Originals as a selection of forward-thinking designs advance the notion that function creates unlimited potential for discovery. On both sides of the collaboration, function has form: adidas Originals has been changing the shape of city sportswear since 2001, and Moncler has continuously redefined innovation for exploring the great outdoors since its first mountain expedition in 1952.

The campaign, titled The Art of Explorers, turns its attention to explorers themselves. With human endeavor a core ideal of both brands, the explorer steps into the spotlight as a shared figurehead, represented first through a series of AI-generated adventurers, then through a collection of unique mixed-media sculptures. Offering nods to both brands, the campaign tagline Where Originality Meets Extraordinary speaks to Moncler’s positioning as a longstanding performance and utility innovator and adidas Originals’ enduring legacy as a champion of culture and creativity, spreading influence from an epicenter peak, to cities around the world.

Building on The Art of Genius show that first unveiled the collaboration at London Fashion Week in February, artists from diverse fields – from sculpture to costume, set design to make-up – were challenged to create human-esque explorers inspired by looks from the collection. Sculptures by Gary Card, Ibby Njoya, and Kate Tabor, alongside real-life explorers in looks styled by Ai Kamoshita, with make-up and accessories by Isamaya Ffrench, were brought to life by photographer Hanna Moon.

The groundbreaking creative exploration extends beyond a physical experience to a digital one with the introduction of a new immersive platform on moncler.com. Drawing inspiration from the collection’s summit-to-city design themes, this unique destination unlocks exclusive products and presents collection details through a digital gallery recalling the vibrant metropolitan streetscape that played host to The Art of Genius show earlier this year. This digital experience combines sound, video and 3D animation, immersing visitors in a city street where exclusive products and 3D artworks are gradually revealed, and users can purchase the collection via digital billboards. A limited-edition artistic exploration of the Moncler x adidas Originals NMD boot that evolves the silhouette for the digital context has been brought to life as an NFT that can be accessed through the platform and the adidas Confirmed app.

The Moncler x adidas Originals collection is now available on adidas.com and in select Moncler and adidas stores.