by Stephen Garner
Filling Pieces

For Filling Pieces‘ autumn/winter 2019 “New World” collection, the streetwear and sneaker brand explored different ways of dyeing materials.

Where usually all materials are dyed before assembly, Filling Pieces now took a different approach and dyed the complete sneaker as a whole. The Lay Up Icey basketball-inspired sneaker acts as a canvas for this experiment, a process similar to garment dyeing. The premium suede, nubuck, and canvas uppers of each sneaker take on their own unique patina due to the different structures of the materials, giving each sneaker a unique finish.

After seeing the result of its dip-dye experiment on the Lay Up Icey sneaker, Filling Pieces was inspired to also explore different dyeing techniques through their latest ready-to-wear garments. For this project they teamed up with its good friends from educational research center @mattttttttter and further explored custom dyeing, mixing traditional techniques with the brand’s own contemporary aesthetic.

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Pleasantly surprised by the outcome, Filling Pieces is offering 50 of the custom dyed Filling Pieces x @mattttttttter ready-to-wear items in addition to its Lay Up Icey Dip Dye sneakers. Due to the hand-dyeing process, each piece is unique and has its own patterns. These pieces – a graphic hoodie, sweat pants, and a long sleeve – all come in a grey and purple base color.

The Lay Up Icey Dip Dye sneakers will come in peach, dark green, and navy blue variation, and drops today at and at select retailers. The one-of-a-kind hand-dyed collaboration will be exclusively available online at