From the ‘30s prep line of Benjamin Bixby in 2008 to the 47 jumpsuits—each with a different message—that he donned during the Outkast reunion tour in 2014, André “3000” Benjamin is no stranger to the fashion world. And as if high-waisted trousers and utility black jumpsuits weren’t enough, the style icon is now joining Swedish footwear company Tretorn in debuting a shoe line.
Part of Tretorn’s Spring 2018 collection, the brand will offer 15 designs that are a collaboration of Benjamin’s playful and bold aesthetic while remaining classic and true to the Tretorn style.
The 42-year-old half of Outkast is a long-time fan of the brand, reminiscing of the days he wore Tretorns in the halls of Tri-Cities High School.
“Growing up, we’d all put our personal stamp onto the blank canvas of the Nylite, and I’d sketch out my own designs,” Benjamin says. “This collaboration felt like fun because it brought me back to that place of personalizing these original designs.”
Where to find them: Even though the November 13 debut takes place only in California, Atlantans can expect the kicks to show up in town in late November—but only at Wish in Little Five Points or online at tretorn.com. The full collection will be sold widespread in specialty and department stores in February.
What to expect: Only six styles will be available in November, but there’s certainly a variety for every early shopper’s tastes: rugby-inspired yellow or red and blue-striped kicks, purple or blue terrycloth high tops, and quilted blue or black sneakers. Retail prices vary from $85 to $250.
Something extra: Along with being a musician, actor, and style icon, Andre also dabbles in sketches and painting. Buy a pair of shoes, and you’ll get to see his sketches for yourself—from Andre’s ant logo on the shoe box to sketches on the tissue paper.
By Katelyn UhmholtzCourtesy of Atlanta Magazine