This collaboration is a result of a 2009 conversation that I had with Mark Parker in Paris. We spoke for hours on the merits of individual handicraft versus the economy of scale in factory production. The design triangle: quality, speed, cost – choose two – is broken open by the innovative global production techniques and ethics developed and continually refined by NIKE.
The “die broke racing philosophy” (starting with 100% and ending with 0% to save weight and increase speed), is a useful strategy, but can also conflict with sustainability , and compromise long-term strength. Before recycling, there is reuse. Before reuse, there is durability.
John Ruskin’s Seven Lamps of Architecture, from May 1849:
153 years later, these ideas are the guiding principles of this collaborative capsule collection. Here we shun innovation for its own sake, but embrace the use of innovation only as a necessity. Fashion is power and truth and beauty and life and obedience, and it’s achieved at great sacrifice – just like athletics.
Parker said to me, “If you think you can do better, why don’t you try?” I said “Okay,” and three years later, after we both learned a lot, this is the result of that challenge.
April 11, 2012
Some may say that Nike didn’t bring the heat with the new NFL uniforms. That observation is true only if you look skin-deep.
Many kits went unchanged aesthetically and only received updates to technology and fabrics. Some teams including the Raiders, Eagles, Packers and Panthers opted out of any changes to their uniform technology at all–meaning they will be heavier and less protected than their competitors. The biggest style changes were made to Nike’s closest geographical team–the Seattle Seahawks.
Harsky’s got some design game. I’d seen his work in a few random places without realizing it was all the same person. His style reminds me slightly of Jacob Weinstein. He’s done uniforms and logos for the Vancouver Canucks, Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Hornet, made illustrations for ESPN’s Page 2 and even did a series of re-thought Jordans for Tinker Hatfield’s 30th anniversary party.
Wouldn’t you like to have his job? He has an AOL keyword at http://www.harsky.com/
I bought 4 pairs of sneakers today. Both are new takes on classic styles.
The first is the Nike x Cole Haan Lunargrand Wingtip. This design blew me away the first time I saw it. I’ve been looking for a pair of suede desert boots or wingtips for awhile. These fit the bill, so I got two. They weren’t available at the employee store, but I ran into the homie MLO84 aka Michael Orenstein who called in a special order to the ONLY place they are sold: Cole Haan Soho.