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Book of Warriors

Book of Warriors

Once a much sought after status symbol in China, Warrior sneakers are now associated with deprivation as the elderly and poor working classes sport this previously highly regarded footwear whilst labouring at construction sites and pulling rickshaws. On a trip two years ago to China, Helsinki based graphic designer Shumeng Ye saw a cleaning lady at an airport wearing the sneakers, unknown at the time to her, and set about finding out as much information as she could regarding this enchanting brand. The result of Shumeng Ye’s discovery and her subsequent quest to learn more is this stunning book of photograpy she has produced which features the unique story of a forgotten brand.

Book of Warriors
Book of Warriors
Book of Warriors
Book of Warriors
Book of Warriors
Book of Warriors
Book of Warriors

Much to her surprise Shumeng Ye, who had moved to Europe from China as a child, found that almost all her family had at some time worn Warrior sneakers, a fact which gave her further drive to find out more about this mysterious sleeping giant. The elegant photography throughout the book looks like it has come from the portfolio of a seasoned professional, not a young lady who is still at college where, besides going to design school, she is also doing a MA in computer science.

Shumeng has released only 420 copies of the book, which comes with an obligatory pair of Warrior sneakers, however we’re sure that the demand which she has caused with her effortlessly cool photography and style will see this getting a reprint, if your desperate to get your hands on a copy then we suggest contacting her directly as this publication is literally gold dust.

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