Given the huge proliferation of merchandise from the likes of Justin Bieber, Rihanna and more of the biggest musicians on the planet, as well as the fact that Drake and West posted a billboard in Los Angeles referencing the neighborhood of Calabasas, it didn’t seem unlikely that some such three-stripe-branded Calabasas merch could actually be in the works. When Berlin-based publication 032C shot an exclusive editorial in Calabasas featuring Kim Kardashian and Travis Scott, our suspicions were aroused even further. For the uninitiated, Calabasas is a neighborhood outside of LA, home to the likes of the Kardashians, Drake, and other celebrities.
On Tuesday, March 28, the full Calabasas range was released on YeezySupply.com.
adidas “Calabasas” Sweatpants
One of the first Calabasas products to be spotted, the striped trackpants were an invite to YEEZY Season 4, in the same vein of the wearable invitations that were mailed out for previous presentations. For Season 3, attendees were invited with an army green coach jacket, while Season 2 invites came in the form of a camouflage Rothco shirt. In the end, the Calabasas trackpants weren’t produced in time to be sent out, but certain special visitors to the YEEZY showroom in Paris were recently gifted a pair.
Kanye West’s Calabasas trackpants dropped in three colorways – “Maroon/Red,” “Black/Red,” and “Navy/Maroon,” priced at $200.
adidas “Calabasas” Powerphase
At a New York Fashion Week event in September 2016, West was spotted donning even more Calabasas merch, in the form of a special edition adidas Powerphase sneaker. Reminiscent of a Reebok Workout, the silhouette is currently available in mainline versions, but Kanye’s version included special Calabasas text in gold.
London-based Instagram influencer and model Leo “Gully Guy” Mandella was one of the first to be gifted the sneaker, showing on-foot looks and detail shots of the box, which read “YEEZY POWERPHASE.”
The shoe dropped with the rest of the Calabasas range on March 28, priced at $120.
In the end, the full drop included the Calabasas sweatpants, Powerphase, crewneck sweaters, socks, a hat, and even a Calabasas pin.
adidas “YEEZY Runner”
West was spotted leaving his office in (you guessed it) Calabasas, California repping some new sneakers that the internet has gone ahead and named the YEEZY Runner.
Initial glimpses reveal that the show does not incorporate adidas’ touted Boost technology, which runs through the entirety of the existing YEEZY footwear range. The shoe’s distinct look is further characterized by an asymmetrical design, with bright neon laces and a chunky sole, design cues which are vastly different from the Powerphase sneaker.
From what we’ve heard, this is a sample of a sneaker that should be releasing in Fall 2017 with adidas Originals. Also, although it hasn’t been confirmed, we’ve heard that former New Balance and Reebok designer Steven Smith was brought on to assist with the design of the so-called YEEZY Runner. At one point, some were speculating the YEEZY Runner would drop with the rest of the Calabasas range on March 28, however the shoe remains unreleased.
“Planet Kosmos” Font
According to Racked, Kanye West has co-signed an agreement with “Planet Kosmos” font creator Mads Rydahl which allows him to use it freely on future designs, and we’re guessing the font will be a big part of the Calabasas merch range. We’ve already seen the font feature on Kanye’s Calabasas sweats, while Raf even used the font in his SS17 range.
Apparently, Rydahl licensed the font to West in return for a “compact disc with something you love or have created yourself.” Apparently, what he received in return was a selection of art projects and albums from Kanye. Nothing has been mentioned about cash compensation.
Rydahl was inspired to create the font by imagining what it would look like on “a superfast electric motorcycle from a manga-like next millennium,” and as a huge fan of anime movies like Akira, it’s self-evident as to why Kanye was particularly attracted to the sci-fi-indebted lettering.
Buzz in industry circles is also indicating a womenswear-dedicated collection could be on the way as well. However, details always remain fuzzy when it comes to Mr. West.
Just ahead of the release on March 28, images from a Calabasas zine started to appear on social media. The images featured A$AP Nast and girlfriend Ganna Bogdan, both dressed in pieces from the collection.
Earlier in march, Nast actually took to social media to share early images of the Calabasas range, as well as behind-the-scenes images from the images which would be released later.
YEEZY Season 5 Showroom
As industry insiders and buyers made their way to Paris Fashion Week before the official Calabasas release on March 28, images started to surface from inside the YEEZY Season 5 showroom. We glimpsed even more Calabasas-branded items like socks, caps, sweaters and more. From what we know, the Calabasas crest seen on the cap below was taken from a vintage adidas T-shirt given to Kanye West himself by Jon Wexler from adidas’ influencer marketing department. The original crest’s centered trefoil logo was replaced for YEEZY Season 5 with a circular “C” logo, no doubt referring to Calabasas.
Stay posted for more information on Kanye West’s Calabasas range as it arrives.
- Photography: Dominik Schulte / Highsnobiety.com