When Nike launched their Tech Fleece collection last year they revolutionized sweatsuits forever. Breaking new limits for the age-old tracksuit fabric, the range also caused a stir on the streets as people started wearing the items mixed in with regular streetwear, further supporting the sportswear as streetwear trend. Now releasing their second full Tech Fleece collection, Nike is back with more styles, cementing the Tech Fleece’s place as a favorite among their impressive repertoire of clothing lines. We sat down with John Burlo, the Apparel Design Director for Nike Sportswear, to see what’s next for the range.
What was the original inspiration for creating the Tech Fleece?
Everything started with the question “How can we be super lightweight as well as create a product that fits closer to the body in motion?” The flat over-lock is taken from a wetsuit but much of the design is inspired by the elements of Portland. The thought process was about what people need if they are traveling around the city like the media pockets for phones or something that keeps you warm — some of these pieces can be worn as outerwear, too. The aesthetics and style of the product share an equal importance in terms of equipping athletes with confidence. If you are feeling great when you walk out onto the pitch, or even onto the street, and you are supported by all this technology and innovation, chances are you are going to perform to a high level.
What is the fabric and how is it made?
The idea around Tech Fleece is really solving the problem around thermal regulation, taking the idea of neoprene fabric like that in wetsuits and the idea of bonding two separate fabrics together to create a fabric that mechanically insulates. It traps...
Discreetly encapsulated within a tool that many of us use, an iPhone case, a so-called iPhone kickstand is the key feature of the conceptual CaseCam. Another piece of technology that effectually evolves the selfie, subsequently making the taking of one easier, CaseCam uses a delayed shot feature and Wi-Fi capabilities to perfectly line up your selfie. Currently hosted through Kickstarter, you can find more information on the Seattle-based project on the group’swebsite, while the official CaseCam Kickstarter page is located here.
Through its efforts – the highlights of which include lavish presentations in grand renaissance-style halls – Play Cloths has done well to transcend being written off as ‘just another streetwear brand.’ Riding the experience of its collaborations with Saucony, Reebok and Pro-Keds, here we find Play Cloths finally asserting an in-house capsule of footwear, done with the same meticulous attention as previously – and then some. Again anchored in the luxe star pattern from previous releases, the two silhouettes here represent the hallmark inspirations of Play Cloths as a whole. The athletic ’77 Mid is a luxurious take on basketball sneakers, outfitted with full-grain Italian leather around the upper, featuring a hidden lacing system and supple quilting detail at the heel and ankle. Meanwhile, the Goldie Loafer is meant for gala statements, with the slip-on fashioning slick lines and a welted hard-bottomed outsole. Available in extremely limited quantities, both rarities will retail for $265 USD and have already launched on Play Cloths’ website.
Due out this fall from Nike Sportswear are a trio of deluxe takes on the Air Max Lunar1. Inclusive of the previously-seen Black/Gym Blue-White colorway, the release also makes use of Team Red/Chilling Red and White/Black-Neutral Grey combinations with each pair boasting premium faux snakeskin construction across the entirety of its upper. Expect the trio to be available from NSW spots like Tokyo’s atmos beginning August 31.
West Coast skate label HUF have entered the luxe headwear game, with this genuine leather snapback cap emblazoned with the brand’s “Fuck It” motto. Not one for taking themselves too seriously, having previously released cannabis-adorned sleeping bags and expletive quoting alarm clocks, the cap is available now via the brand’s online store.
Those wanting to see a slightly more mature side of the brand should check out their brilliant collaboration with retro pop icon Blondie.
Hailing from Brooklyn, King Stampede has been in the streetwear game for over a decade, with a short absence in the last few years. Run by the same creatives who were responsible for Boundless NY, the crew is back stronger than ever with their Fall/Winter 2014 collection. Classic skate and streetwear pieces feature in the range, including graphic print tees, caps and lifestyle pieces. Counterculture slogans are emblazoned across the collection, which you can shop at the brand’s new Brooklyn store at 377 Metropolitan Avenue, or online.
The kings of minimal basics have returned with a collection for Fall/Winter 2014. New York-based brand Smith & Smith launched this year with its Spring/Summer 2014 collection, with an ethos that intends to put the focus on the clothing instead of the designers. The basics are ultral clean silhouettes crafted from thick premium materials and the result is an almost cartoon-style set of pieces. For this season the collection remains at the muted end of the color palette, and garments include starch black and white tees and black clean cut cargo pants, while a blue pullover and rich red-colored hoodie add warm color to the collection. You can pick up the range now from Opening Ceremony.
CASH CA teamed up with 6876 for a second time to deliver a small capsule collection for the upcoming Spring/Summer 2014 season. Comprising mostly tech pieces, the range includes a parka with multiple front pockets, a jacket with snap-button closure, and a long-sleeve button-up. Also in the drop are relaxed jogger pants in dark shades of navy, charcoal and brown. Outerwear comes in tones of navy, blue, olive, yellow and beige, while the button-up is available in white, red and blue. The collaboration is available in limited numbers which you can purchasehere.
The perfect addition as we reach the height of summer, Premium Co. presents a capsule collection of four tees and three shorts constructed from big loop terry – where “big loop” refers to the wide weave of the terry. With the inside almost as plush as a standard towel, the capsule is breathable and elastic, and the heathered coloring adds a visual element that is mostly forgotten in layering pieces. The charcoal big loop terry tee returns, along with a heather grey, a navy, and an ivory. Lounge shorts in black, grey, and charcoal compliment the release and offer a winning combination that frees us from the weight of denim and fleece in the heat of the sun. The ”Big Loop Terry” capsule collection is now available at Premium Co.’s online store.
Japanese brand J.Sabatino shows off their Americana-inspired wares in their Fall/Winter 2014 lookbook. Dapper designs include mid-length velvet blazers, shearling-lined leather jackets and corduroy pantsuits, all topped off with luxe felt hats in various shapes. Well-worn blue jeans provided a casual contrast, while scarves in a variety of styles and colors lent a finishing touch to the dressed-up yet nonchalant vibe.