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Thanks to all the local businesses around Lancashire who have accepted posters to publicise the exhibition. We have had reports that a number have been stolen - thanks for the enthusiasm but please hold off. If anyone really wants one there will be a number available to buy at the exhibition with all proceeds to @nightsafebwd ...please leave them up until the exhibition is over as we want to get the word out to as many people as possible. #adidasspezial #britishtextilebiennial


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The S.L.P. custom pair of Earlham SPZL from adidas Spezial SS19. Work and images courtesy of @iamtherenovation #theslp


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Scooters. Pic courtesy of @82.ad #adidasspezial


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SWR and Robert Carlyle. 1999 when the Happy Mondays first reformed - great gigs, good times. Aside from being one of my favourite bands I will always be grateful to the Mondays for getting me my first trip over to Japan when they headlined the Fuji Rock festival. #shaunryder #happymondays #adidas


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80s adidas Blackburn football boots.


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The swing tag and footbed for the 200 pairs of adidas Blackburn SPZL ‘Nightsafe’ edition. Pic courtesy of @gary_watsongraphicdesign. These 200 pairs will be for sale exclusively at the Blackburn exhibition with all proceeds going to @nightsafebwd. The exact details of how and when these will be sold is still being finalised and will be posted on here in due course. Info about the exhibition will be communicated through www.spezialblackburn.com as and when the timings and program of events are finalised. #adidasspezial #britishtextilebiennial #blackburn #lancashire #nightsafe #SPZL


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Scooters - property of @wazgebster and @andy_pee75. Pic courtesy of @gary_watsongraphicdesign #adidasspezial


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Fenners wearing the Gilbraith overshirt from adidas Spezial SS19 on @socceram today. Pic courtesy of @fennersinsta #adidasspezial


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Great afternoon at Ewood Park. Nice weather, good result. Pic courtesy of @stockholm_monster #blackburnrovers #BRFC


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adidas Blackburn SPZL from adidas Spezial AW19. Pic courtesy of @robertbrooksy. Robert popped in the office yesterday to talk about the exhibition and asked if he could get a shot of the shoes. When these were originally briefed I was asked to try and create a new shoe that used a similar ideology to the adidas Manchester which I designed with @chetcutimike back in 2001. I pointed out to the team in Herzo that since 2014 I had proposed innumerable city/town/place names for Spezial shoes that had been rejected legally (it’s so difficult these days) so getting the name would be the hardest part. I wanted to use the name Blackburn as the area I grew up in has always been a source of inspiration for what I do (I am actually a Darwener) and it was a name used by adidas for a football boot in the 80s. The Settend SPZL from SS15 actually used the working title of the adidas Blackburn SPZL until we were told by adidas’s Legal team that the name would not clear. As it turned out in 2016 I was introduced to @bwdcouncil through an old friend of @gary_watsongraphicdesign so I contacted them to see if they could help. There began the process of them organising letters of permission from themselves and other relevant parties including the local football club to get the name cleared. Unfortunately it’s not just as easy as sticking names on the side of shoes. For the colourway blue and white seemed the obvious choice but given the amount of adidas trainers (and existing models in the city series) that use those colours it seemed too obvious and would limit the opportunity to give the shoe a distinct identity of its own. In the same way that the adidas Stockholm uses the blue/yellow of the Swedish flag we used the red and green of Lancashire’s red rose.
We wanted to create a flat, suede trainer that was exceptional so features like the toebox were crucial. Thanks to all who have made generous comments in the past couple of days. #adidasspezial #blackburn #lancashire #SPZL #britishtextilebiennial #nightsafe


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The Who. Happy birthday to @therealzakstarkey #thewho #adidas


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Another angle of the adidas Blackburn SPZL that better shows the toe box. Please see previous post for details on the ‘Nightsafe’ limited edition version that will be exclusively available at the Spezial exhibition as part of the British Textile Biennal in Blackburn, Lancashire. The exhibition is a free event but we are hoping visitors will make donations to support the good work of @nightsafebwd. Image by @gary_watsongraphicdesign and @nathandamour. Nowadays getting the legal clearance to use the name of any town or city is extremely difficult so a huge thank you to @bwdcouncil for their support in making that happen. #adidasspezial #britishtextilebiennal


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adidas Blackburn SPZL from adidas Spezial AW19. Image by @gary_watsongraphicdesign and @nathandamour. In keeping with the aesthetic of the adidas ‘city series’ featuring a colourway inspired by the red rose of Lancashire. These are built on the Athens tooling with a completely new upper pattern (the toe box is my favourite of any Spezial release to date) and Mod Trefoil branded tongue (as was used on the GT Manchester SPZL). 200 pairs of a ‘Nightsafe’ edition of these shoes will be available exclusively from the adidas Spezial exhibition in Blackburn. These 200 pairs will have a Nightsafe branded footbed and the brown leather Spezial swing tag will be in red leather. Priced at £100 - all proceeds from these shoes will go to @nightsafebwd to support the incredible work they are doing for youth homelessness in Blackburn. Release details will be announced ahead of the Spezial exhibition opening. Thanks to @bwdcouncil and @rovers. #adidasspezial #blackburn #britishtextilebiennal #nightsafe


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Massive thanks to @leesmillie_1981 @lyndseyblezard @jb0lton for assisting @gary_watsongraphicdesign on archiving my collection for the up coming Spezial exhibition in Blackburn. Opens to the public from October 4th - 20th. Free exhibition - all proceeds to Nightsafe. #adidasspezial #britishtextilebiennial @nightsafebwd


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Banner. Airdrie fans out doing charity work in Mongolia recently. Pic courtesy of @mccloy.scott #airdrie #adidasspezial


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The next Spezial exhibition will take place in Blackburn’s Cotton Exchange as part of the British Textile Biennal. It will be open to the public from the 4th-20th October. This image was taken at last year’s ZX exhibition in London - we are aiming to showcase quadruple the number of shoes that were included there which will make this this by far the biggest Spezial exhibition yet. Highlights will include a full archive of footwear from the Spezial range (including unseen working prototypes) along with a comprehensive presentation of the European city series. This is a free exhibition but there will the opportunity to make charity donations - proceeds from the project will go to @nightsafebwd to support the amazing work they do with youth homelessness. Thanks to all who are spreading the word and to everyone who is working hard behind the scenes right now to make this as good as it can be. We plan to make another major announcement on Thursday 12th September. #adidasspezial #britishtextilebiennial #nightsafe


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Banner. Pic courtesy of @nezzy1980 #adidasspezial #SPZL


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See you there @fennersinsta 👍


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Cheers for the support @bradwiggins ... see you there. #adidasspezial


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Thanks to the funniest man on Instagram @dj_fattony_ for the support.


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Thanks to @happymondaysofficial and @rowetta for the support.


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Thanks for spreading the word @blondey


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Nice one for spreading the word @genegallagher


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@dynamomagician spreading the word on the exhibition. #adidasspezial #britishtextilebiennal


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@bradleydack1 posting his support of the exhibition. Respect. #adidasspezial #blackburnrovers #BRFC


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Angus Young. Pic courtesy of @jahlah10 #angusyoung #acdc #adidas


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@mrgoldie (with @andrewshim1) wearing the Wardour jacket from adidas Spezial SS19 to the Top Boy premier. #drumnbass #metalheadz #hiphop #graffiti #bboy #adidasspezial #thisisengland


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