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See What Happened When Acne Studios Had a Child Cut Up & Remake Its Sneakers

Some people think that fashion designing is child’s play, and it looks as if Acne Studios agrees. Today, the Swedish label is launching its spring ’18 sneaker range with a little help from Tage Johansson, the 11-year-old son of creative director Jonny Johansson.

His father let him loose on his label’s spring ’18 sneaker collection armed with a pair of scissors and a glue gun, and Tage experimented with his dad’s designs to create his own innovative versions of the shoes. The results are documented in a short film. Design does run in the Johansson family, after all, and Tage’s deconstructive approach owes a little something to Martin Margiela, no?

“It was really fun cutting up the sneakers, and almost as fun putting them back together,” said Tage. “My designs are cool – better than dad’s originals.”

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“This is what Tage usually does to my designs. He is never completely happy with them. He always finds a way to make them his own,” said Jonny Johansson. For fall ’18, the elder Johansson recruited a whole team of children as brand consultants and factored their drawings of stars and rockets into some of his knits.

Acne Studios mens fall 2018
Acne Studios men’s fall ’18.
CREDIT: REX

As ever, sneakers are a key offering for Acne Studios, with seasonal editions and classics. For spring ’18, the label has launched updated styles and colorways including exaggerated flatform soles, collaged sneaker boots, chunky ’90s-style dad shoes, knitted sock sneakers, vintage-inspired classics and even options with Velcro fastenings — perfect for those who haven’t quite mastered the art of tying their shoelaces.

acne spring 2018 sneaker
Acne Studios spring 18 sneaker.
CREDIT: Acne Studios
acne spring 2018 sneaker
Acne Studios spring ’18 sneaker.
CREDIT: Acne Studios

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