Every time I see something new from Nike it feels like they’re helping to usher in the future, as least where clothing design is concerned. The 21st C. Windrunner V. jacket is a perfect example of that, tailor made for the American gold, silver, and bronze medalists at the London Olympics.
Nike worked with renowned artist Marcus Gaab to explore the 21st C. Windrunner V. jacket and it’s highly reflective properties. Modeled after a sportswear staple, the Windrunner is detailed with the trademark V-shaped chevron across the chest, dotted with ventilation perforations across the back and finished off with a hyper reflective shell that burns bright under the most subtle lights. Serving function and aesthetic, The “United States of America” is applied with precision laser technology, while the lower back is detailed with 50 perforations — one for each state. A badge on the inside of the jacket, placed over the heart reads “Team USA.” The jacket will be worn, along with two other key styles, by athletes from different sports on the podium as the world watches on.
It really is a beautiful jacket, and the way they’ve integrated the technology is so interesting. I love the idea of the 50 laser perforations for all the states, and the reflective material used will be pretty amazing when it’s photographed, as you can see in the video below. If you’re interested in getting a jacket like this for yourself, look up Nike’s Vapor Flash jacket, it’s pretty close to the same thing.
New York-based illustrators Kaye Blegvad and Leah Goren have recently worked together on a wonderful collaboration and produced some really beautful textiles and jewelry.
The two combined their drawings and created a fab looking bouquet grapic and a floral pattern. They then printed them onto these cool tote bags as well as a great looking clutch purse. Each item also came accompanied by a lovely brass pin. Unfortunately it seems that these items are currently sold out, but both illustrators still have plenty more amazing things for sale in their shops’. You can check out Kaye’s Etsy shop here and Leah’s here. Also make sure to check out the rest of their work in their portfolios – they’re filled with so many beautiful things!
I’m hanging out in New York for the next week or so, so I’m trying to go out and about and see some rad things going on while I’m here. Last night I ventured over to Partners & Spade for their new exhibit with M.Nii and Mark Cunningham, a show dedicated to the glory of surfing. It was funny because it certainly felt like a very L.A. show was placed down in New York, like we walked into a bit of home. The show was an eclectic collection of crusty surfboard fins, vintage surf books, barnacled found watches and designer swim trunks.
What was great about the show to me was how laid back it was. It’s hard to put my finger on it, but I loved that they were selling crust tailfins for $145, that art is in the eye of the beholder. A part of that feeling comes from the Partners & Spade space itself, which feels like an antique store meets museum. That’s a good thing, in my mind. I think that’s a part of what makes Andy Spade such an interesting guy, that he can easily see the beauty in ordinary objects.
If you’re in New York you should definitely check out the show. I’m sure it should be up for the next few weeks or so. If you’re not then check out the rest of the photos down below.
Over the last few months I’ve become a big fan of Tom Sachs. If you’re not familiar you could describe him as an artist, a jack-of-all-trades, a thinker and a dreamer. You could also read his Wikipedia page to get the full rundown, it’s a good read. Tomorrow night he’s opening up a show called SPACE PROGRAM: MARS which seems pretty rad.
Artist Tom Sachs takes his SPACE PROGRAM to the next level with a four week mission to Mars that recasts the 55,000 square foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall as an immersive space odyssey with an installation of dynamic and meticulously crafted sculptures. Using his signature bricolage technique and simple materials that comprise the daily surrounds of his New York studio, Sachs engineers the component parts of the mission—exploratory vehicles, mission control, launch platforms, suiting stations, special effects, recreational amenities, and Mars landscape—exposing as much the process of their making as the complexities of the culture they reference.
At the same time he’s got this amazing collaboration with Nike called Tom Sachs: NIKECraft. The collab features an eclectic range of products – The Mars Yard Shoe, the Trench, The Marsfly Jacket, and the Lightweight Tote.
Nike design and Sachs applied materials that have never been used in sportswear, taken from automotive air bags, mainsails for boats and the space suit itself. Each piece is packed with functionality that would prove useful in the voyage through space. Zipper pulls that double as storage containers, paracord that can be fashioned as a tourniquet and embellishments like the periodic table of elements screened on the inside of a jacket – they all merge visual interest with purpose.
To say I want this whole collection would be an understatement. How cool would it be to walk around in space shoes?
Aether are in a league of their own in creating products but, even more than that, in how they sell products. Late last year they introduced their Aetherstream, which is a traveling showcase of their products, a store on the go. It’s sleek and sexy and cool and does everything a store could do and then some. It’s definitely the most unique and novel way of selling clothes that we’ve ever encountered and we’re pumped that it’s parked in Los Angeles for a bit.
Currently (as in, today and tomorrow), they are camped out at Space15Twenty as a part of their Field Study pop up shop, which is AMAZING. The pop up is a collection of psychedelic outdoor clothes and items that are perfect for us city people who think we’re outdoorsmen and women. Along with Aether, the store is selling brands from Farm Tactics to Rogue Territory to Snow Peak to fjallraven to Outlier to lots others. They’ve also built it out to feel like you’re somewhere in between the city and the desert and a mountain and a beach. It’s really great.