I think most of you have seen it on my story yesterday but pictures only don’t always do the talking. It was more than pics, it was definitely the experience and I want to share this with you.
I was invited, along with 9 others, to a workshop for the Atmos x Nike Air Max2 Light with Atmos Tokyo by Solebox. I was also very blessed to have shared this day with other people who are part of my (daily) life and some who even inspire me. I already noticed Koji walking past, wearing sample animals of the second release. His toe box was orange instead of black. He doesn’t talk much – maybe this is because he is Japanese and his English isn’t very good. He notices you tho and he shows his gratitude through a gentle and genuine smile. Which I really appreciate. In this male dominated sneaker industry, I’ve met several people and I have to say that most of those meetings hasn’t been a pleasure such as yesterday. So thank you for that Koji and the Solebox team, and if I may speak for others, we felt really welcoming – well at least I did.
Which brings me to the point that I felt at home straight away and the vibe was amazing between everyone. A lot of laughter and happiness. Not just because of the fact we got new kicks. I attend a lot of events but again nothing like yesterday.
The workshop was well thought off. The idea was set up by Nathan Lewis and Tom de Regt, we had to make a collage around ourselves and the sneakers. There were three photographers walking around the venue to take pictures: our one and only Nikki, Yavez and Marjolein (who actually took pics of the event). I went outside with Nikki and without a doubt, I was very satisfied with it and eventually got three shots printed.
Tom and Nathan took pictures of the Solebox store and had them printed. We had to choose 5 to 10 prints to use for details or backgrounds. I was just cutting and pasting. I realised I was cutting pieces too small from all the prints so I lost a lot of time. But once my pictures arrived I could finally put things together.
I walked around a bit to see how everyone’s work was coming together and noticed that even Koji was making his very own collage. This says a lot about his personality and I think this is a plus!
After the workshop we had a little break. The venue was cleaned up and prepared for the Q&A later on, but also for the special dinner which was provided by Jaimie van Heije. I look up to Jaimie and his accomplishments throughout the years. His work, his food and his style – it was all seen again in the dinner he made for us. I can’t remember everything that he made but I ate everything but it takes a while when it looks too amazing to eat. Instead of trying, I asked him: “what’s this? Is it milk”. Hahaha. Eventually his team had to make everything for me without any dairy. Because yah knoooow, lactose 😦
After dinner, the Q&A was hosted by Valerio Zeno. Koji was accompanied with an interpreter, which made the talk a lot more fun and interesting. I’ve always been amazed by the Japanese language. I’ve tried to learn it years back when I used to live in Sydney, I would learn it on the plane and I’ve tried to start it again a while back but the only thing and most important word I remember is “Ocha” which means “Tea” – I love tea so that explains why. If I ever go back to Japan, I know how to work my way around getting tea. Koji explained about the inspiration of the Air Max2 Light. He also spoke about the story how collabs with Nike started and I found it dope to hear that Hiroshi was involved. Also the fact that Atmos was the first curated sneaker store in Japan, is something to be very proud of.
After the Q&A was a small party. Ginney told me that you could sign your sneaker. I decided to also have it signed to finish of this great day. When he was signing my shoe, I was thinking: “I’m going to say ‘arigato’ instead of ‘thank you’ or is that weird”. Aaaah fuck it. I’m still going to do it. He handed over the shoe and I said: “Arigato Koji”. Wanna know what he said? “You’re Welcome”. Hahaha
I had a very great day yesterday!
Thank you Atmos Tokyo
Thank you Solebox
Thank you Nike
A special thanks to Solebox for sorting out my size last minute! Thank you Annika for inviting me.