I stopped by D-Mop‘s flagship store in Causeway Bay last week and stumbled upon an exhibition they have for the new Y-3 / Hacienda collaboration. For those who don’t know, the Hacienda was a groundbreaking club in Manchester, England that served as a melting pot and catalyst for music crucial to the eighties and nineties.
At one point in time it was considered the most famous club in the world and boasted legendary lines to get in. The Hacienda was partially financed by the group New Order, whose mixture of live instruments integrated with electronic sounds greatly influenced today’s music. As the exhibition notes, somewhat humorously, the Hacienda made history, but didn’t make money!
The large club was notable not just for its music, but also for its architecture and interior design. The venue, a former yacht showroom, was kept as a modified industrial space in stark contrast to other clubs in England at the time. One particular strength of the Hacienda was that it opened its doors to multiple genres of music, and played host to everyone from Madonna and Kurtis Blow, to The Smiths, The Stone Roses, New Order and Oasis. Over the years a legion of famous d.j.s passed through its doors.
The Hacienda / Y-3 collaboration was designed to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the club, as well as the opening of the first Y-3 shop in the U.K. A special limited edition run of Y-3 sneakers has been created by the club’s designers and owners. The packaging comes with a documentary DVD and photographs. A unique box was made for the shoes in the shape of the Hacienda’s dance floor!
D-mop, 8 Kingston Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong