We’ve come together with legendary Finnish sportswear brand Karhu for a collaborative project, part of Universal Works’ ongoing Future Friendship series. This meeting of minds celebrates Karhu’s heritage and the UW philosophy of working with like-minded partners who share their authentic vision of peace, love and, in this case - sole!


Featuring re-imagined versions of Karhu’s classic Mestari and Trampas footwear styles in supersoft suede and nylon, the project debuts a brand new silhouette created specifically for this collaboration. The Mestari has been updated with a bigger blown out sole unit to be inline with the contemporary style of Universal Works, a design change that UW Co-Founder David Keyte felt strongly about. This was the moment that the Mestari Control was born and, excitingly, it’s the first time this new style will be available to the public.


The iconic Karhu M-logo has been used throughout, but flipped on the lateral side of the footwear to give a nod to the ‘W’ in Universal Works - the first time Karhu has done this in it’s 107 year history.


The collection features a compact clothing capsule that includes a bunch of super easy-to-wear sporty separates. There’s a lightweight running jacket alongside jersey pieces including a dual branded T-shirt and a beefy loopback cotton crewneck Sweatshirt and shorts in two colourways - all printed with the Future Friendship/UW and Karhu logos.