First Look: Number 288’s Spring ’15 Collection

Men’s sneaker brand Number 288 has released their spring ’15 collection, and FN has the exclusive first look.

Founded by New York-based designers Jung Suh and Benyam Assefa, the collection is inspired by the duo’s recent travels, which is reflected in the sleek line of travel-friendly runners and slip-ons.

“It’s inspired by the hustle from New York to Paris to Tokyo,” said Assefa, creative director for the brand. “We really wanted to build on our core brand message of clean, contemporary and well-crafted, with an international spirit.”

The collection, which ranges from $350 to $580, is designed in New York but produced in Portugal. Originally launched in fall ’14, the brand’s second season features a more elevated offering of materials, like pony hair and nubuck leather.

Finished in a neutral color scheme, the sneakers also feature the label’s signature asymmetrical lacing and “28” roman numeral stitching (featured on the back of each shoe). New styles include the Mulberry basket high-top, Prince court low-top and Mott runner.

Though the spring collection takes on a more high-end spin, Assefa says the shoes are still functional. “We juxtaposed them with technical textiles, to create a luxe yet functional palette,” he said.

Indeed, the experimentation with high-quality finishes is refreshing, with brands like Feit and Common Projects offering similar luxury takes in an otherwise saturated market.

Currently, Number 288 is carried in boutique retailers such as Gentry and Bodega, as well as on the brand’s e-commerce website.

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