- The adidas x Thebe Magugu collection features vibrant and expressive sport 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 includes modesty swimwear, inclusive sizing in sizes XL to 4XL, and gender-neutral pieces.
- Each performance piece in the collection features leading performance technology made in part with recycled materials, with the tennis garments set to feature world-class players during the most prominent hardcourt tournaments,
- The collection dropped on 1 August for adiClub members and all on 15 August and is available via adidas.com/thebe_magugu.
adidas united with Thebe Magugu in FW22 for the first collection inspired by African heritage, inclusivity, and kinship
adidas unveils 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. The theme of femininity is 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, and backgrounded by pulse lilac. The collection spans sports, including running, swimming, training, tennis, football, and cycling, alongside 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. They are passionate about supporting 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 representing our commitment to helping end plastic waste.
Thebe Magugu, designer, commented:
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 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 world-renowned players during one of the sport’s most iconic tournaments this summer – I am proud to play a small part in championing the sport and helping to make it more inclusive.”
Hero pieces within the collection, spanning performance and Originals, include:
adidas x Thebe Magugu Swim Hijab (HN8167): The Swim Hijab is made from a 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 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): An accurate 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, 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.
The adidas x Thebe Magugu Mainline Drop one collection is now available for adiClub members on 15 August via adidas.com/thebe_magugu.