The Year of the Pig is upon us, and to commemorate the start of the new Chinese calendar, luxury, street, and sportswear brands alike have come out with dedicated new releases. Here to separate the quick cash cows from the prized pigs of the latest output, we’ve rounded up our very favorites of the new CNY-specific apparel, accessories, and sneakers.
Ahead of celebrations on February 5, everything from mass-collaborations with BAPE, Brain Dead, Noah and more from Dover Street Market New York to a luxe new Air Jordan 12 colorway, and dedicated lines from luxury fashion houses Gucci and Louis Vuitton, 2019’s offering includes some of the best yet.
Peep all our picks of Chinese New Year drops below, and click through to rep this most unsung hero of the Chinese zodiac.
Dover Street Market
Following last year’s slew of collaborations for the Year of the Dog, Dover Street Market New York has called on its go-to brands and names for a T-shirt capsule in honor of the pig. Collaborators this time around include BAPE, Noah, Doublet, Better™, and Australian musician Nick Cave, along with newbies Brain Dead, Awake, Clot, and more.
Jordan Brand is seeing in Chinese New Year with a brand new Air Jordan 12, honoring the impending Year of the Pig with pigskin leather overlays and super luxe detailing such as quilt-like multicolored lining, Chinese characters of the left shoe’s tongue, and metallic gold accents add to the luxurious finish of the kicks. Dropping February 5, early iterations are already circulating at StockX.
Gucci’s Chinese New Year offering goes the whole hog, comprised of pig-inspired knitwear, jackets, bags, and even sneakers. Highlights from the line include GG-adorned accessories which use an original 1933 illustration of Disney’s “Three Little Pigs” as its graphic embellishments. Menawhile a colorful dancing pig shimmies on tees and sweatshirts and a flying pig can be seen on knitwear and a shiny brooch.
After eye-catching offerings such as its thigh-high Archlight boots and Master & Dynamic headphones of late, Louis Vuitton is offering pig-shaped key-chains and bag charms fashioned from exotic skins and treated leather for Chinese New Year, priced just short of $500.
Mitchell & Ness
Authentic vintage jersey and apparel brand for the MLB, NFL, NBA, NCAA, and MLS Mitchell & Ness is commemorating the new Lunar Year with an excluisve capsule incluidng tanks, tees, shorts, jackets, and hats. Each of the jerseys come with a unique character translating the corresponding NBA team names, retailing for $140.
Last, but not least, adidas has teamed up with New York restauranteur Eddie Huang on a “Year of the Panda” Ultraboost, while Pharell has collaborated on a new Hu pack to mark the occasion, made up of a SolarHu Glide and BYW that each draw inspiration from Chinese color symbolism with more of the same red uppers with gold accents — a scheme that is symbolic of good fortune and happiness in the new year.
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