Kashiwazaki, a psychology student in college, learned by working in a factory and then doing shoe repair before launching his label in 2010. (Hender Scheme is a play on Sandra Bem’s “gender schema” theory, and Kashiwazaki wanted it to “surpass gender” when he started it.) He’s said he considers himself a “maker” more than a designer.

His label does make its own original footwear and leather goods. But it rose to popularity in fashion and streetwear circles, and caught the attention of high-end shops including Barneys, Dover Street Market, and Mr. Porter, largely because of its sneaker recreations, which are meant to age more like a well-made shoe than a sneaker, though not everyone loves their broken-in look.

Only 300 pairs of each style of the new Adidas collaboration will be released, for a total of 900. They will hit select stores on September 2, Business of Fashion reports (paywall).

Prices range from $900 to $1,000. Consider it the cost of old-fashioned production, and exclusivity.

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