One of our favorite retailers, Rise, will be releasing a special collaboration with Saucony utilizing the Grid 9000 model. The details on this upcoming collaboration is one of it’s kind as a simple black and white base is used, with extra details that follow on the laces, insoles, midsoles and several other areas of the sneaker. Look out for these beauties soon and check out the full story below.
RISE x Saucony Grid 9000 “Keys Open Doors”
Color: Hard White/Ebony
Style Code: S70173-1
Sizes: Men’s sizes 7 US to 12 US & 13 US
RISE — while only being open a short period of time — has been mentioned highly within our niche retail community. We place a strong premium on separating ourselves from the rest of the market. both literally and figuratively. And, while we admire many of the boutiques who’ve developed a strong following over recent years, we find that the consumer is still longing for something different.
This point has been and will continue to be a major component within our core principles. And, it is what has led us to this very point, inside of what is only our first year of business.
Prior to opening our door, we spent time discussing our strategy with a variety of brands and detailing the plans and projects which we had in development. While most were receptive and willing to work with us, very few were willing to participate. But, when our discussions began with Saucony, we felt the kind of connection that could lead into an excellent partnership.
Very early on, we knew that the “Keys Open Doors” concept was complex. Not only did it tell a very vivid story for us on a personal note, but it lends itself to a storyline many brands would shy away from. Having already began working on our charitable HIV/AIDS themed “New York Is For Lovers”, we were well aware of challenges a very themeatic and meaningful concept brings. Fortunately, the team at Saucony never wavered. They believed in us to communicate and develop the project, which is a very rare opportunity in today’s oversaturated “collab” market. For Saucony, an American heritage company with decades worth of amazing history, to support our idea and be willing to partner with us in it’s creation was a great leap of faith. One that we’ll forever be thankful to share in.
Once our creative process began, we revelled in the opportunity to work in the greatest color palette possible — black and white. Doing so meant that we’d be communicating through the individual details executed throughout the shoe. From the genuine, hard white tumbled leather to the double-dyed, ebony perforated pigskin suede, we were crafting something we wanted to be timeless — not just seasonal or trend driven. Meanwhile, in keeping true to the grittiness of our street-oriented storyline, we chose to have each seam left displaying raw edges. Doing so mimicked an “unfinished” look, a detail that is evident in everything RISE. As individuals, each of us is a work in progress and these details are a reflection of ourselves.
Further expressive details, which are all included with each purchase, are a set of 2 unique lapel pins (Piano and Eightball) and 3 different lace options (black/reflective rope laces, piano rope laces and flat white laces).