Kanye West was dubbed a creative genius upon his entrance into the spotlight. From music to design and everything in between, West is well respected for his creative spirit and continues to be rewarded for it. As we not so patiently await his highly anticipated collaboration with Adidas, today Ibn Jasper, West’s friend and also a designer in his own right, unearthed work that Ye actually did for the Three Stripes in years past, dating back to 2006.
After the College Dropout and Late Registration, West had a deal with Reebok and crafted a collection with the brand. That quickly changed as adidas purchased the brand for $3.8 billion in 2005. But a design West created in 2006 over the adidas ZX 850 was unveiled by Japser today. Created for the David Beckham line and updated and enhanced by West himself, the shoe never saw the light of day but does offer insight to his early design cues and his relationship with adidas long before his deal with Nike.