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adidas and renowned porcelain maker Meissen have teamed up for a one-of-a-kind collaboration. The result of the joint endeavor is a one-off iteration of the ZX8000 featuring hand-painted leather and porcelain overlays.
The first-ever collaboration between the two brands finds the adidas ZX8000 meeting the Meissen Krater Vase as two iconic designs converge. The one-of-one sneaker was assembled over a six-month period, as the premium adidas leather hand-painted by Meissen and the hand-made Meissen porcelain overlays come together on a design that weighs in at exactly 950 grams.
The ZX8000 “Porcelain,” as it is aptly called, will be up for auction this month courtesy of Sotheby’s, expecting to fetch up to $1 million. Proceeds from the sale will be given to the Brooklyn Museum to fund art programing for local youth.
“Meissen carries so much heritage and know-how, inspiring collectors around the world,” said adidas’ Till Jagla. “The manufacturing process to create the ‘first porcelain sneaker ever’ has been very complex, and took us more than a year to finish the product. The team has been obsessed with creating the perfect piece of art. When I think about this project, what I liked most is the love, the passion and the dedication, which have led to an overwhelming result.”
The online-only auction for the Meissen x adidas ZX8000 “Porcelain” will be open for bidding from December 7 through December 16 on sothebys.com. In the meantime, the one-of-one sneaker will be on display in Sotheby’s New York Festival of Wonder Exhibition.
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