Singapore-based SBTG and Limited Edt have unveiled the latest chapter of their collaborative “Monsoon Patrol” series, featuring the ASICS GEL-KAYANO 14 in two monochromatic colorways, alongside a complementary apparel capsule. In an exclusive interview with Hypebeast, SBTG’s Mark Ong, aka Mr.Sabotage” revealed a closer look at the collection and design inspiration behind the concept.

Ong shared that the Monsoon Patrol series was inspired by the tropical weather of Southeast Asia and is a concept he and the founder of Limited Edt, Mandeep Chopra, came up with a few years ago. Notably, the series has always featured an ASICS silhouette, with the first two iterations including the GEL-LYTE III and now, for the first time, the GEL-KAYANO 14 — a pair both Ong and Chopra enjoy.

“From a design perspective, I always like to change the shoe a little. For this version, we added a pocket to the shroud and a rubber layer. It was challenging to communicate our vision relaying messages between the product team and factory but everyone came through in the end. We are very happy with the result and proud of it.”

Ong also shared that further inspiration was derived from an old skate shoe he used to own that featured a stash pocket. “I remember liking it a lot and thought that we could all use it to stash a spare key, some cash, or something you never know you gonna need.”

Although slightly understated in the Monsoon Patrol collection, SBTG’s signature military design DNA is still present, expressed through stenciled details on the lateral heel. Ong expressed that this is the result of Singaporean military service, which is mandatory for all “sons of Singapore” when they turn 18.

“While serving, I spent a lot of time observing military aesthetics and have since been using it in my designs. I’m not for war but I am big on discipline. However, the only thing that has military influence on the shoe is a ‘Specification’ stencil on the heel — which we’ve been using since our first drop and wanted to keep it consistent.”

Additionally, Ong highlighted the significance of the collaboration, from the basis of a great product to being able to work with one of the region’s best retailers and how the three worked hand in hand together. He added, “The most rewarding takeaway for me is that we get to write history for Singapore and impact the scene.”

As a whole, the capsule includes two colorways of the ASICS GEL-KAYANO 14 sneaker with a translucent silicone coating and a glossy midsole, a 3-piece apparel line in partnership with contemporary lifestyle label GRAYE and a sleek translucent crate with Monsoon Patrol graphics.

The monochromatic collection will be available to shop via SBTG’s official site as well as Limited Edt’s site from June 6, with limited stock available in store. Ong also noted that past, present and future iterations of Monsoon Patrol will be presented at the upcoming 2024 Paris Fashion Week.

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