Chayapol Was­sana­chotikul

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Chayapol Was­sana­chotikul, founder of ur­ban cloth­ing line Face­less, is a loyal mem­ber of the Adi­das brigade. “If we are talk­ing about sneak­ers, I only col­lect and wear Adi­das,” he says with a laugh. The former bear­brick toy col­lec­tor is a David Beck­ham ad­mirer and it is the su­per­star’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with Adi­das that ini­tially drew him to the brand. “As I be­gan to ed­u­cate my­self on the brand I just fell in love with the sto­ries be­hind each col­lec­tion,” he says. “The 2007 Flavour of the World pack, for ex­am­ple, launched two pairs of Adi­das sneak­ers each month cel­e­brat­ing dif­fer­ent hol­i­days around the world—Hal­loween and French Na­tional Day and so on. Prior to that, they launched a col­lec­tion called Ma­te­rial of the World, which cel­e­brated the orig­i­nal­ity of dif­fer­ent fab­rics from around the globe.”

Chayapol has racked up a col­lec­tion of a lit­tle over 200 pairs. Among some of the favourites are the Adi­das Nmd Hu­man Race by Pharell Wil­liams, the iconic Adi­das ZX, and the Hell­boy mod­els. “I used to clean them a lot,” he says, “But truth be told, af­ter I reached 100 pairs I stopped be­ing so fussy about the main­te­nance.” Dur­ing his peak col­lect­ing days he would buy a pair a week, but as time has gone by the Adi­das fan ad­mits he has been work­ing on not go­ing over­board. And be­cause he doesn’t buy his sneak­ers from re­sellers, Chayapol doesn’t spend ex­ager­ated amounts on them, with the high­est sin­gle out­lay so far be­ing a rea­son­ably mod­est 10,000 baht.

Un­like many young sneak­er­heads to­day, Chayapol is no fad-fol­lower. He prefers pairs with a back­ground story that ap­peals to him and isn’t phased when it comes to out­ra­geously trend­ing pairs such as the Yeezys. “I hate Yeezys,” he laughs. “I am still loyal to the brand but I must ad­mit I have been buy­ing fewer pairs of sneak­ers lately. Of late Adi­das has be­come so fo­cused on celebri­ties and trends—the thrill of ex­clu­siv­ity and the sto­ries be­hind the shoes have be­come in­creas­ingly di­luted.”

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