KIKO KOSTADINOV, THE NAME BEHIND THE ASICS GEL-DELVA™

The young Bulgarian designer launches his fourth collection with Asics. In his usual minimal workwear line, three colourways of the Asics Delva reinterpret the connection between high performance and design.

Before finishing his studies at Central Saint Martins, Kiko Kostadino had already been contacted by the historic Michael Kopelman for a Stussy capsule collection that would destroy and would rebuild some of the pieces of clothing from the brand. A total unknown celebrated Stussy’s 35th anniversary by cutting, destroying and tearing apart the Stussy logo in what would be his first public appearance. The collaboration would later be continued at Dover Street Market which would turn him into ‘the one to watch’ when it comes to British design.

His style, at the same time tough and attentive to details, is based on the cut, in creating new proportions and silhouettes which are inspired by the streets (and this isn’t overused at all, just by checking his Instagram out and you discover his obsession for workwear clothing from painters, garbage men or policemen). Utilitarianism that fits in perfectly with the new Mackintosh line, the bicentennial brand that offered their creative director position to a 27 year old guy.

He used to be an intern at Errolson Hugh but he would taler become a multifunctional talent, who created ideas for Mackintosh, dropped collaborations with Camper and would look for Michael Kopelman again for AFFIX, an alliance of creator who developed the concept of new utility through prototypes created by printers.

In 2018 his first collaboration with Asics appears, which has been evolving around the technical capacity of the Japanese brand and Kiko Kostadinov’s style. The new capsule fuses GEL-FUJI TRABUCO™ 7 and GEL-KAYANO™ 24 to create a new model, GEL-DELVA™, which incorporates mesh which hides the Asics logo. Also, the Flytefoam and Dynamic DUOMAX technologies for a firm and adaptable cushioning and an I.G.S ™ system that facilitates natural movement. Three colourways that were presented at London Fashion Week, will be sold at SVD on February 1st.