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CH Edition: Zillion

Vintage kimono-wrapped skateboards

by CH Editors in Design on 16 December 2010

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Tokyo-based label Zillion is the brainchild of French fabric enthusiast David Guarino, who began collecting Indian and Nepalese textiles nearly two decades ago. When his family moved to Japan, Guarino began sourcing old-school kimono cloth to use for caps, one of his favorite accessories. His fascination with applying kimono fabric to unconventional items led to an exceptional collection of hoodies, shoelaces, belts and more—and now for Cool Hunting, a series of skateboards.

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Completely covering each skateboard (some even have wheels and trucks), Guarino's technical talent, as well as his expert eye for letting the pattern speak for itself, shows in each beautiful board. When we commissioned Guarino to create these, we knew he wouldn't fall flat, but the final product exceeded our expectations. The combination of intricate traditional graphics with the modern skateboard silhouette makes for a curious concept with each as uniquely compelling as the next.

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The limited-edition collection was crafted in two styles—with wheels ($850) or without ($750)—that look fantastic either individually or grouped together. To have a closer look, check them out in person at our pop up shop with the Gap or see detailed shots of the boards in our online shop or in the gallery below.

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