New Balance x Teddy Santis
'Made in USA' 990v1 + 990v3
Founder and creative director of the New York City apparel and lifestyle brand Aimé Leon Dore (ALD) which was launched in 2014, Teddy Santis has made a name for himself by creating premium products that highlight a New York sense of sensibility. Santis is deeply committed to authentic storytelling, and this vision has been reflected in not only his brand but his brand’s ongoing collaboration with heritage footwear and apparel brand New Balance. Although New Balance and Teddy Santis have crossed paths previously, the two entities recently joined forces this past year by introducing New Balance’s ‘Made in USA’ collection creatively spearheaded by Teddy himself. The Made in USA collection includes seasonal models of the iconic 990 silhouette, including the 990v1, 990v2, and 990v3.
Teddy Santis’ vision for Made in USA is to focus on designs that highlight New Balance's history, heritage, and craftsmanship. The New Balance x Teddy Santis Made in USA 990v1 silhouette proudly displays the designer’s elevated aesthetic placed on a signature construction. The silhouette features canvas underlays that come color-blocked with shaggy suede overlays at the heels and forefoot. A suede panel attaches to the midfoot with a bold and distinctive N logo. The interior lining is comfortable in its design. Additional New Balance Made in USA branding is placed upon the woven tongue label. The midsoles feature New Balance’s iconic ENCAP cushioning, which provides optimal comfort and energy return with each step. The rubber outsole underneath protects the remainder of the silhouette, completing the overall look.
As for the 990v3 silhouette, Teddy Santis’ aesthetic continues blending seamlessly with the heritage that New Balance proudly provides. The design takes on a premium mesh base that is intertwined with suede and canvas overlays, resulting in a detailed multi-layered upper. The signature sneaker makes an impression with its distinctive N logo on the side which contrasts with the woven tongue label’s Made in USA and New Balance branding that also makes an appearance throughout the exterior. The ENCAP cushioned midsole also makes an appearance for notable comfort. The durable rubber outsole ties together the silhouette.
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