Summer is in full swing and we’re loving it. The nights are warm, the days are long, and all we want to do is idle time away with our friends by lakes as the prosecco flows. But, as carefree as these moments may make us feel, shielding your eyes from the sun and harmful UV rays is still crucial. And for those not quite ready to adopt the micro sunglasses nor the OTT frame trends, adidas Originals ’ new collaboration with eyewear label Italia Independent has got just the goods.

Italia Independent / Ahmed Chrediy

Taking inspiration from classic sunglass styles, the Crystal Injection collection taps into our penchant for everything retro while satisfying our demand for modernity through tone-on-tone colors and slightly kitsch translucent frames.

Italia Independent / Ahmed Chrediy

The new drop boasts six models and a total of 30 different colorways. The designs are clean, with the emphasis placed on color, material, and translucency, which is achieved through a technique known as bi-injection. This manufacturing method allows the core wire to remain exposed along the temples, lending a modern feel to the designs. It also ensures that the sunglasses are light, flexibe, and won’t get damaged if they get prosecco split over them—win.

Italia Independent / Ahmed Chrediy
Italia Independent / Ahmed Chrediy
Italia Independent / Ahmed Chrediy
Italia Independent / Ahmed Chrediy
Italia Independent / Ahmed Chrediy

The sunglasses feature clear branding, with both labels’ logos embossed on the temples and adidas Originals’ Trefoil engraved on the screw caps. Other details include adjustable temple tips and interchangeable nose pads, which ensure a comfortable and personalized fit.

Italia Independent / Ahmed Chrediy

To celebrate the launch of the Crystal Injection collection, our in-house photography team headed to a lake on the outskirts of Berlin to capture the new shades being worn. Shot on film, the imagery reflects the collection’s retro-modern aesthetic, while also capturing the carefree feeling of summer.

Italia Independent / Ahmed Chrediy
Italia Independent / Ahmed Chrediy
Italia Independent / Ahmed Chrediy
Italia Independent / Ahmed Chrediy
Italia Independent / Ahmed Chrediy

The two brands have worked together before, first joining forces in 2014 when the Turin-based label added a touch of Italian flare to the German sportswear brand’s ZX Flux sneaker. Taking inspiration from adidas Originals’ approach to street style and Italia Independent’s eccentric aesthetic, their collections since have been playful yet stylish. As their latest release, the Crystal Injection collection extends this aesthetic while building upon their shared ethos of balancing tradition with innovation.

Italia Independent / Ahmed Chrediy

The collection is available now at all adidas Originals and Italia Independent stores, on both brands’ websites, and at select optical and fashion boutiques worldwide.

Italia Independent / Ahmed Chrediy

Enjoy the visuals we shot, above, and then head over to Italia Independent’s website to check out the full collection.

  • Photography: Ahmed Chrediy
  • Director & Videographer: Dominik Schulte
  • Color Grading & Music Production: Manuel Carvalho
  • Producer: Rochelle Bambury
  • Production Assistant: Indigo Janka
  • HMU: Susanna Jonas
  • Styling: Greta Tettamanzi
  • Models: Jan Kiebel, Cassey Chanel, Wilhelmina, and Mortiza
Words by Lucy Thorpe
Associate Branded Content Editor
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