Quote’s Archive is a celebration of 50 selected pairs of vintage adidas shoes from a period spanning the late ’70s to the early ’90s. Each trainer forms part of legendary adidas collector Quote’s own archive and has been beautifully illustrated by Peter O’Toole.
Each page highlights a different model, and is packed with information about the history and make-up of the shoes as well as personal anecdotes, all written by Quote himself. Highly readable and beautiful to look at, Quote’s voice and personality breathe life into the text, whilst O’Toole’s illustrations brilliantly represent the individual character of the shoes. Drawings of original shoe labels and boxes add contextual detail and paint a highly personalised picture of a very exciting period in sports footwear history.
A collector’s object in itself, the book has been designed and laid out by Adam Gill and features a matt finish, laser etched title cover and fabric binding. A must for collectors, fans of illustration and followers of the 3-Stripes brand, Quote’s Archive will doubtless serve as reference and inspiration to future collectors, designers and illustrators the world over.
- adidas Consortium release
- Limited Edition
- adidas x Quote x Peter O’Toole collaboration
Quote’s Archive brings together two dedicated adidas collectors and marries an in-depth knowledge and passion for classic adidas footwear with highly distinctive illustration.
Freelance illustrator Peter O’Toole and renowned adidas collector Quote first became aware of each other circa 2005 on the Crooked Tongues forum, where information was traded between some of the world’s most knowledgeable footwear fanatics. In January 2011 O’Toole brought his two passions together with his ‘City Series’ prints, illustrating almost 200 vintage adidas trainers over two posters and capturing Quote’s imagination in the process. The third poster became O’Toole and Quote’s first collaboration, an illustration of 98 pairs selected by Quote from his own collection. It wasn’t long before adidas invited the pair to develop the project further, into a limited edition book.
Selecting 50 shoes from the original print, O’Toole and Quote worked together across Berlin and the UK without meeting each other in person until after the project was complete. Whilst O’Toole developed his illustrations, Quote wrote about each shoe, pulling together history and facts about design and materials with personal anecdotes and associations, providing a window into his journey as a collector.
As the book project drew to a close, Quote and O’Toole were rewarded with a dream-come-true moment, a visit to the adidas archive in Herzogenaurach and the opportunity to design a shoe to accompany the book.
The ZX 420 was an easy choice of model for both O’Toole and Quote. Using the adidas ‘Denver’ as inspiration for the vintage feel colourway, the Quotoole is a fitting representation of the work and passion of both collaborators.