When Eddie Huang stepped into the kitchen as a professional for the first time, he left his old career behind. The Great Recession stole his trajectory as a lawyer and thank God for that—if it hadn't, we'd all be a little more hungry and have a little less laughter. He founded BaoHaus, wrote a couple books, and is slowly creating his own food and entertainment empire. Honestly, it doesn't matter if you're down for it: It's his world.
Huang's latest sneaker collaboration isn't his first, but it shows a clarity of storytelling that he's earned over the intervening years. His first with Nike was a perfectly fresh pair of Nike Dunks that were good-looking enough but were an exercise in aesthetics. Now, after a low-key pop-up restaurant in NYC's Lower East Side over the weekend, we get the full look at what he's been up to with Adidas. The collection is a window into Huang's life and, like any good collaboration, shows us more about him than we understood before.