The adidas x Thebe Magugu collection features lively and expressive sports and style designs that celebrate community, heritage, and identity, inspired by the South African designer’s upbringing
Powered by adidas and Thebe’s passion for inclusivity, this function-meets-fashion female collection and includes modesty swimwear, inclusive sizing in sizes XL to 4XL and gender-neutral pieces.
Every performance piece in the collection features driving execution innovation made to some extent with reused materials, with the tennis garments of clothing set to feature on elite players during the most noticeable hardcourt competitions.
The collection was out on 1 August 2022 for adiClub members and will officially be available to all on August 15 2022.
Adidas unveiled the first of two drops with South African luxury designer, Thebe Magugu. The debut collection for women features the celebratory and joyful artwork of a woman dancing, designed in collaboration with artist Phathu Nembilwi, and influenced by Thebe’s mother, aunt and grandmother, and the theme of femininity, interwoven with leading adidas material technology.
Each garment features an abstract selection of bright and punchy colors including, impact orange and yellow, accents of shock pink, backgrounded by pulse lilac. The collection spans across sports including running, swimming, training, tennis, football, and cycling alongside a set of casual lifestyle garments.
United by a shared passion for inclusivity and kinship, the collection includes a three-piece modesty swimwear set made in part with recycled materials and chlorine resistant fabric that is lightweight and chlorine-resistant; swimwear in inclusive sizing (XS-4XL); and gender-neutral pieces with UNITEFIT – a fit system that is created with a spectrum of sizes, genders, and forms in mind.
The high-performance tennis pieces will be premiered during one of the most prominent hardcourt tournaments by adidas’ inspirational athletes Dana Mathewson, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Felix Auger Aliassime and Daria Kasatkina who are passionate about showing support for what matters and encouraging diversity and inclusivity on and off the court. The tennis collection features the Purple NY UNITEFIT Tennis Dress, delivering style and functionality, made in part with recycled materials.
Alongside the performance pieces, the statement Originals looks include the Originals Crop T-shirt, in white and semi pulse lilac, delivering classic streetwear style, and the Originals 7/8 Leggings, a go-to choice for every occasion.
The collaboration also includes remixes of iconic adidas footwear silhouettes including the Stan Smith, Nizza Platform, Astir and Forum footwear, which feature design accents from Thebe Magugu’s signature prints. Reflecting adidas’s commitment to consciously crafting performance materials, hero styles and pieces have also been made in part with recycled materials, just one of the innovations that represent our commitment to help end plastic waste.
In these, designer Thebe Magugu had this to say:
“I’m Infinitely Inspired By The Energy Of The Women In My Life And The Heritage Of My Native Land. Bringing Together Such Personal Stories Through Design And Blending Them With Adidas’ Iconic Performance And Lifestyle Pieces Has Been An Amazing Process. The Collection Really Celebrates All The Positive Influences Around Me, And A Sense Of Community That Is So Important To Me. I Hope It Inspires The Same Joyful Feeling In Those Who Wear It.”
The tennis pieces will be worn by incredibly famous players during one of the sport’s most famous competitions this late spring.
Hero pieces within the collection spanning performance and Originals include:
adidas x Thebe Magugu Swim Hijab (HN8167): The Swim Hijab is made from chlorine resistant fabric that’s ultra-flat, lightweight and chlorine resistant. It also comes with an adjustable inner cap to ensure hair is kept tucked away and an outer layer that provides full coverage.
adidas x Thebe Magugu Fast Jacket (HI5626): The Fast Jacket features bold graphic features and a smooth woven fabric with a lightweight feel for fast running and racing. It also has a water-repellent finish to help shrug off light rain. The jacket is made in part with 100% recycled materials Parley Ocean Plastic.
adidas x Thebe Magugu NMD (GX2074): A true representation of style intersecting with performance. The Originals NMD Trainer mixes top-tier athletic technology with everyday style. Combining street smarts with green credentials, for cafe lounging, daily pavement pounding and gym work, or whichever activity is desired, the NMD is all about holding the pace of the daily grind.
The second drop of the season, in October 2022, features the Thebe Magugu Bird of Paradise plant print that represents the idea of unbridled joy and freedom, which unites with adidas performance technology such as the boost midsole, in a yoga look alongside the revival of the button-down jogger and statement tee.
Who Is Thebe Magugu?
Thebe Magugu is a South African fashion designer who earned massive praise for his smart and creative collections that remark on history, culture, and governmental issues. His work and designs center around social storytelling through traditional graphic language and community work.