Global sports company PUMA and designer brand PRONOUNCE have created a debut collaboration together of apparel, footwear and accessories in an earthy palette inspired by Pumapunku, an ancient archaeological site in Bolivia.
Based across both Milan and Shanghai, PRONOUNCE was founded in 2016 by Yushan Li and his creative partner Jun Zhou. The high-end brand reflects the pairs’ shared love of handcrafted garments, and a desire to perfect the creation of truly global, truly genderless clothing. They have a unique approach of playfully weaving in references and inspirations from Eastern, Western, and ancient cultures and philosophies. This approach fits seamlessly into the debut PUMA x PRONOUNCE collection, which combines ancient inspiration with a modern and minimalistic design approach.
In ancient Incan tradition, Pumapunku is believed to be the seat of global civilization, and now stands as a remnant of a vast complex of stone temples and geometric monuments. Taking cues from such intricate architectural constructions in the pre-technological age, the PUMA x PRONOUNCE collection brings this inspiration to life through the use of graphic motifs representing ropes, pulleys, and clay blocks. The color palette is inspired by the majesty of the sunset over Pumapunku, with gradient tones of orange, pebble, and muted grey.
In modern fits and gender specific styles, the apparel comes in a vibrant, gradient color story, with bold color blocking alongside earthy colors. Playful details resembling ropes adorn lightweight woven apparel styles with techy details. Items include tees, hoodies and sweatpants alongside more tailored pieces like a collared shirt, trousers, and a selection of jackets.
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The footwear in the collection uses a very textural material mix in a neutral color scheme. Accents of bright orange and rope detailing add a bold touch. The selection includes new PUMA styles like the Suede Mayu, Mirage Sport, and OP-1 PWRFrame, as well as classics like the Basket VTG. A cap, backpack and mini messenger are included in the accessories offering for the collection.