Combating the stresses of modern exploration, adidas and Rimowa’s collaborative NMD S1 sneaker is put to the test by Patrick Stangbye.
From Ernest Shackleton to Ferdinand Magellen, and modern figures Nirmal Purja and Sarah McNair Landry, the idea of the explorer is one steeped in reverence, mystery and pride – an emblem of humankind’s ability to conquer the unconquerable, to transcend the physical plane of ordinary existence and achieve the unbelievable. Fabled tales of extraordinary feats are carried from one generation to the next in countries across the globe, and it is through these stories of infamous explorers that we can investigate a different world – one compelled by determination and perseverance, rather than greed or power.
Symbolising this explorative spirit, Rimowa has distilled the essence of exploration into their iconic luggage lines since they were established in 1898 by Paul Morszeck and Heinrich Görtz. Constructed from aluminium after a factory fire rendered it the only supply left for the company to build suitcases from, the silver-hued luggage has remained a steadfast emblem of a dedication to exploration in the modern world, prioritising durability, safety and quality whatever journey you may be headed on. Teaming up with adidas for the first time, Rimowa share their vision of the NMD S1 sneaker, a technically advanced silhouette brimming with explorative charm, durability, and a flavour of Rimowa’s aesthetic principles.
Tapping Norwegian brand consultant and multi-disciplinary creative Patrick Stangbye, END. delve into what makes a modern explorer in the diverse and varied cultural landscape of the 21st century.
Time provides the luxury of freedom, a situation not easily obtained in a world where most of us spend our time always available. To me, a modern explorer is someone who is able to do this, and takes responsibility for having experiences which contribute to their personal growth.
For me, I always appreciate duality and ambiguity. I really enjoy when a product is considered, but also honest. There is also something interesting where heritage, tradition and knowledge meets technology and future promises.
I see myself as an essentialist. I’m not a minimalist by heart, I look for form and function and something that fulfils a purpose. There is beauty in that, beyond pure aesthetics.
I like to buy into concepts. The whole ultralight movement is very interesting to me, but I also appreciate traditional knitwear techniques still. I try to buy with either very specific performance in mind for certain adventures, or usually with longevity or recyclability in mind.
When I was about 19 I started traveling a lot for work during my studies. After two years I got myself a Rimowa as I kept breaking cheaper suitcases. There was the element of engineering, a certain attention to materials and a promise in terms of how long it would last that I found very appealing. I still use this suitcase today, and the design is still a confirmed archetype today and holds a certain position in culture. Adidas is a similar brand to me, even when I started trail running more I was running a lot in their Boston shoe, which is a classic. The fact that the collaboration today revolves around a model that is circular also adds to the elements - above that, both companies seem to hope for a better world.
To me the ideology of both companies fits into exploration. This is a shoe that offers comfort on adventures, but is not the shoe for intense sports activities. The colour way works in so many environments, while still having interesting details and identity.
adidas x Rimowa NMD S1
Grey & Ecru Tint