The New Originals present their newest release in collaboration with Dechase

Last week, AFW met The New Originals at OSCAM where they took part in “Shifting The Narrative”, an exhibition celebrating artists that redefine the Black Man in fashion. Now, the kings of collaboration joined forces with footwear brand Dechase for their newest release.


TNO hardly needs an introduction on this platform, Dechase however, is a name that might not sound familiar. The Amsterdam contemporary shoe brand with African heritage focusses on craftsmanship and sustainability, has been praised by the boys of Patta, and hosted a pop-up store last year at Zeedijk, the Amsterdam hub for streetwear connoisseurs.

The New Originals and Dechase present a collaboration that strikes the perfect balance between design and sustainability. Together, the two brands have redesigned one of the Dechase classics with a modern twist. Giving new meaning to the ‘Zena’ lowtop boot, this collaborative design has a ‘dots on dots’ print, a TNO signature, that is laser applied in Ethiopian leather. Furthermore, the Zena is characterised by a red rubber patch on the shoes. The shoes are produced with an eye for people and the environment, with the production partly using chrome-free leather, making sure there are no waste chemicals left after the production cycle.

The TNO x Dechase shoes are handmade by local craftsmen in Ethiopia, using sustainable production methods. Furthermore, Dechase is the first to produce chrome-free leather in Ethiopia, and by having the production take place there, they create employment and stimulate the local economy.

“The collaboration with TNO was a fantastic opportunity for us to combine our styles and create something unique.” We are happy to partner with a brand that shares our roots in Africa and has a design vision that is progressive. By joining forces we have created something that is both unique and sustainable.” – Milki Abadura, Founder of Dechase

The New Originals x Dechase Zena is now available in the TNO Flagship store and online on the Dechase website as well as the TNO website.

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