The East Lancashire designer behind the adidas Spezial trainer is returning to his former college tomorrow to offer students a careers talk.

Gary Aspden, whose adidas Spezial Exhibition in October 2019 attracted thousands of people to Blackburn as part of the British Textile Biennial, will return to Blackburn College on Wednesday.

Gary, a brand consultant for adidas, will chat with students about potential careers in the fields of marketing and design and technology.

Lancashire Telegraph: Gary Aspden of Darwen has designed (and will release) a special Blackburn Spezial shoe named the Ewood edition after his late father

There will be two sessions available for college students to attend, one from 11pm until 12pm and one from 1pm until 2pm

All students are asked to speak with their tutors if they would like to book a slot on one of the sessions, which will be held in the University Centre lecture Theatre.

The adidas Spezial exhibition formed a major part of the British Textile Biennial, with 1,200 pairs of trainers exhibited from Gary's personal collection and borrowed from collectors around the world.

Lancashire Telegraph: Gary Aspden takes Bradley Wiggins on a tour of the exhibition. Photo Richard Tymon.

The British Textile Biennial was attended by more than 50,000 people including many celebrities such as Sir Bradley Wiggins.

In February last year, Gary gifted each member of the estates team at Blackburn College with a pair of adidas Spezial shoes as a thank you for their contributions to his exhibition.

Amongst the shoes gifted were a pair of Stan Smiths and a pair of SL 72s – the latter of which were originally produced for the 1972 Olympics in Munich.

Lancashire Telegraph: Gary Aspden and Bradley Wiggins with the Blackburn shoe