The Sankuanz-Puma collaboration was first glimpsed at the label’s show for the Spring/Summer 2019 last June, and was officially presented on Tuesday for the first time, with a gala evening during the Paris Men's Fashion Week - a light-hearted moment for Shangguan Zhe, after his Autumn/Winter collection showed earlier in the afternoon.
Still, the collaboration is a major undertaking for the designer, and a new venture for Puma which, besides its long association with Alexander McQueen, since 2005, had recently teamed up with artist Bradley Theodore.
Shangguan Zhe’s street style is a mix of sportswear and vintage, and for Puma he has spawned a capsule collection of apparel and footwear with a 1990s flavour, customising the Cali, Cell Endura, RS-X and Thunder shoes.
These four Puma best-sellers have been reinterpreted with oversize soles, the line including a pair of running shoes with hi-viz inserts, and a pair of sneakers with day-glo green rubber soles and inserts, the logo incorporated in a bubble. All the Sankuanz x Puma models are available for purchase from February 2.
For the apparel line, Shangguan Zhe again blended vintage style with avant-garde materials, creating a tracksuit top with high-impact prints, a sweatshirt with a reflective Puma logo embroidered on the front, and trousers bearing the names of the two partner labels along the side piping.