Sole DXB 2019. For fans of all things streetwear in Dubai, there’s no other place to be at this weekend.
The region’s annual platform for footwear, fashion, culture, art and design returns from December 5 to 7, and we have picked five things not to be missed this year.
Wu-Tang Clan Headline
The announcement that the Wu-Tang Clan were playing Sole DXB 2019, sent hip-hop fans scrambling for online ticket queues. And to get their very own Clan name.
Formed in New York in 1992, The Wu-Tang Clan exploded on the hip-hop scene a year later with their stunning debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), and since then, whether as group, or through the band’s (many, many) members - among them RZA, GZA and Method Man - their work has has gone down in legend.
Those who know their hip-hop heritage, will know this is one not to be missed.
Design And Fashion Meet at d3 Marketplace
What happens when you fuse design and street fashion?
The result will probably look something like d3 Marketplace, the collaboration between Sole DXB and Dubai Design District (d3), and a new platform for breakthrough local and international brands to exhibit at.
On show will be global talent from Australia, Nigeria, South Africa, Russia, the Netherlands ands India, among others.
Adidas Originals Space
At Sole DXB 2018, the four-storey adidas experiential space was one of the highlights of the weekend, with entertainment and cage football alongside the many sneaker and streetwear items on sale.
This year, adidas Originals have raised the bar by bringing Wiley, “The Godfather of Grime”, to headline Sole DXB on Friday, December 10, and also dropping a new a new customised capsule collection that pays homage to Jamaican culture.
The Originals underground station will also be an urban music hub connecting the international and local music scene during the festival.
Among the local performers will be Arabic drill artist Freek, known for his hit single “Wala Wilma"; Ajman based rapper Thefamousguyyy; Kaz Money and Swerte from The Recipe, who have become pioneers to Dubai’s Hip-Hop scene as well as KAFV, Menon and Dubai-based Algerian rapper Santo D Monkey.
Farfetch’s debut at Sole DXB last year certainly drew in the visitors and they’re set to be one of the more popular spaces again this year as they team up with one of sportswear’s biggest names.
The leading global technology platform for the luxury fashion industry will be partnering with Stadium Goods to create a unique experience for visitors through Farfetch’s interactive space celebrating all things streetwear.
Exclusively for Sole DXB, Stadium Goods are this year curating a product selection that includes Travis Scott’s Astroworld tour merchandise and his limited-edition Cactus Jack Air Jordan's, several highly sought after Yeezy models, Nike Off-White sneakers, Supreme collectables and more.
Levi’s Teams Up With BAPE
This year sees Levi’s team up with Japanese brand A Bathing Ape on a streetwear-inspired, mix-and-match collection of re-imagined Levi’s classics. Famed as one of the founders of streetwear, BAPE have brought their irreverent style to the iconic Levi’s Type III Trucker.
Re-imagined as a two-piece, each Levi’s x BAPE model features a traditional shank button front and a full zipper down the back.
At Sole DXB, that means an indigo Levi’s camo Trucker that can be split apart and re-attached to either side of a special edition BAPE Dubai camo print Trucker, featuring a black twill outside and a Dubai camouflage print on the inside. It’s a case of two jackets becoming four.
Other customisation options make this collaboration the ultimate in both personalisation and one-of-a-kind collectability.