Nathan Bell’s Running Collection May Make You Laugh. And Cry.
February 14, 2019
Fun and humor is what Los Angeles-based artist Nathan Bell says he wanted to bring to his first capsule with Nike Running.
A run, for him, mirrors the creative process. “You experience all these constant insecurities and failures,” he says. “Love it at one point, and you could also hate it and want to throw it in the trash the next minute.”
His art takes runners through that mental rollercoaster with quirky doodles (a love-me-love-me-not flower and stop sign, for example) and phrases (such as cold air warm lungs and I can’t feel my legs) that appear on performance apparel and footwear. The graphic designs celebrate the brilliant highs and lightheartedly acknowledge the challenging lows of running — providing doses of motivation, commiseration and a little LOL when needed.
The Nike x Nathan Bell Collection is available now on nike.com.
The Latest Nike Running Capsule Goes Way Back
May 08, 2019
Before Nike was Nike, it was Blue Ribbon Sports, founded in 1964 on a handshake between Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight.
In 1967, BRS opened its first retail door in Los Angeles. The one-of-a-kind space quickly became a hub for runners, then "oddball athletes," who met, sought advice and swapped stories — and eventually inspired the next generation of running.
Recently, Nike re-opened its original door again a community space for local runners to gather, talk and run — just as they did in the late '60s.
The Nike BRS Pack honors this heritage with a modern take on Blue Ribbon Sports's original logo and a red, white and blue color palette. Each piece in the apparel capsule collection (a hat, jacket, T-shirt, tank, pant and short) is intended to outfit the fictional Blue Ribbon Sports Track Club that is open to all runners.
The Nike BRS Pack will be available beginning May 9 on nike.com.
For more information on BRS, go here.
Nike ACG Spring/Summer 19 Apparel Preview
April 14, 2019
Nike ACG apparel encourages getting out and having fun. "We want you to go hiking. We want you to go camping," says designer Rebecca Aleman.
Of course, there's more to it. Like its complementary footwear, ACG apparel balances technical solves for all conditions with an energetic spirit. In other words: The gear is deliberate about protecting wearers from the elements while simultaneously being more fun than serious in aesthetic.
"Handmade prints and patterns can lend a sensory experience to a garment," says Aleman. "We bring in elements of Nike heritage through color and graphics and mix an analog feeling with contemporary cuts and fabrications to make ACG apparel what it is today." For example, though the men’s short has a slight drop-crotch and the women’s is cut shorter, the same pattern carries across both.
Designing with this in mind continuously results in collections that celebrating outdoor life in a youthful and vibrant way (without veering into silver-haired holiday makers on safari territory. It’s a fine line.).
The first drop of the Spring/Summer 2019 ACG apparel collection releases April 20.
London-Inspired Running Apparel
April 09, 2019
Nike is releasing a special running hat, jacket, top and short (for women and men) that celebrate London's upcoming race and express the city's vibrant spirit.
The apparel capsule, which also includes two special running shoes, will be available April at select retails in London and throughout Europe, as well as on nike.com.
Nike Yoga Collection Update
April 01, 2019
A fresh color palette and a new bra and tight highlight this summer’s Nike Yoga Collection.
In solid black, white, Indigo Storm or Dusty Peach, the Indy Lattice Bra and Power Tight Studio Ladder both provide high rises to keep you tucked in and covered up during inversions, forward folds, twists and more. They also wick, stretch and support to flatter your shape and function for your workout.
An open back (on the bra) and lattice design (down the chest of the bra and legs of the tight) add breathability — key for hot yoga or an al fresco flow.
Designed for yoga and other studio workouts (dance, barre, anything low impact), the Summer 2019 Nike Yoga Collection will be available April 1 on nike.com.
Nike Women’s Apparel Preview
March 11, 2019
Nike Women’s summer apparel comprises a range of multifunctional capsules and performance-driven packs suited for free, functional movement.
“When a female athlete dresses, she wants a sense of freedom," says Jessica Lomax, Design Director for NSW Women's. “We wanted to create collections that take her through every part of her day, with no compromise to style or performance.”
The Nike Women’s summer apparel includes the Nike Tech Pack, which evolves running and training silhouettes with woven and engineered knits; the Nike NSW Collection, featuring a mash-up of street-inspired prints and materials; the Nike Icon Clash Collection, intended for the female athlete who does multiple types of workouts; and a football-inspired pack, collating the energy from France this summer with nods to football apparel from the Nike archive.
The collections release throughout summer 2019.
Eva Magill-Oliver’s Designs Give Running Apparel a Meditative Vibe
February 14, 2019
Appearing across women’s running apparel and footwear, Atlanta-based artist Eva Magill-Oliver's earth-y, fluid brushstrokes channel plant life, the flow of water and the horizon.
“Running is the time when I can focus my ideas and decompress while connecting with nature,” she says. “I wanted my designs to demonstrate that feeling.”
The dynamic pattern is intentionally soft and bold, and serves to connect runners with the environment around them, helping to fill their mind with clarity and calmness.
Artist Pack Featuring Eva Magill-Oliver will be available March 1 on nike.com.
Three Reasons to Cheer the Latest ACG Collection
January 21, 2019
In 1989, Nike launched ACG (All Conditions Gear) as a vehicle for outdoor solutions. Thirty years later, the gear is still built to take on sun, rain and everything in between. Here are three ways the latest drop is celebrating ACG's legacy in aesthetic and technical innovation.
1. Retro prints are back. Created by Nike's Art Department, which was founded in 1983, the prints used for the '89 debut of ACG and then through the '90s manipulated petroglyph art, rock formations, plants and more. Viscerally memorable and etched in Nike lore, these patterns cemented the brand's status as an apparel design juggernaut. (Learn more about Nike's history in prints here.)
2. Women's styles are being introduced. Base layers and pants, fitted specifically for ease of movement, ensure that the wholly trinity of apparel — function, fit and feel — is achieved.
3. A three-step layer system returns. Moisture wicking Dri-FIT wool base layers, fleece insulation and GORE-TEX® fabrics combine to provide protection against most conditions one might face on the street or trail.
The Spring 2019 Nike ACG apparel collection releases January 24 on nike.com and at select retailers in Asia and North America, and on February 21 in Europe.
Vintage Vibes, Future Fabrics for the NikeCourt Melbourne Collection
January 11, 2019
The spring NikeCourt collection brings '90s-inspired color blocking and a wave of NikeCourt heritage embroidery to Melbourne. Some of the references are instantly clear from within the DNA of Nike Tennis. The sublimated denim and checkered print, for example, were both rocked by two famously irreverent stars, while the bright colors and crinkled nylon are reminiscent of Nike’s watersport line from the '90s.
But another detail from the collection is felt by touch alone: materials that serve up a vintage texture, but are made for the physical dynamism of today’s game.
This comes direct from player insight. Speaking with athletes during preparation of the Melbourne collection, the NikeCourt design team found something important: Cotton T-shirts are a favorite for practice attire – far from a material of the future.
“A lot of our players are used to practicing in cotton tees,” says Abby Swancutt, global apparel design director for NikeCourt. “They like the way it absorbs the sweat, how it protects them from the sun and how they feel more comfortable."
The goal of NikeCourt designers was to combine performance benefits with the heftier vintage textures that players loved. While the sweater-knit past of tennis was once its ceiling for performance, Nike’s innovation of materials means that textures of all feels can amplify competitive play, not cancel it out. Like Swancutt says, “Our material development has come so far that we’re able to get these materials that feel cotton-rich, but still wick away the sweat during gameplay.”
The full NikeCourt Melbourne collection is available on nike.com and at select retailers.
There’s Something Different About Nike Tech Pack
December 13, 2018
A glimpse of the latest Nike Tech Pack Collection reveals the familiar (jackets and sweatpants that provide warmth via a modern take on fleece and knit) and the unfamiliar (layering pieces including sports bras, crop tops, tights and more). Evolving beloved running and training silhouettes within the collection nods to the future of apparel design at Nike, where a design-forward philosophy that harnesses a commitment to sports innovation takes precedence.
“We have a powerful vision for Nike apparel: to lead with innovation that makes athletes better, pushing the edges of both performance and style,” says Kurt Parker, Nike’s Vice President of Apparel Design. “Through new manufacturing technologies and new materials, we are driving a bold future where everything is designed with movement in mind.”
In this instance, designers combined a new waffle knit and woven performance materials, which they developed using years of body motion and mapping analysis gathered from studying the top athletes in the world in Nike’s Sport Research Lab. This led to a new expression of Nike Tech Pack for spring 2019: a more versatile package that provides pieces for a range of weather and workouts.
Limited releases of the Spring 2019 Nike Tech Pack Collection will be available beginning December 20.
Converse and Don C Drop Apparel Collection Inspired by the ERX
November 19, 2018
Channeling the toughness of the Converse ERX, a paragon of late ’80s basketball design and Don C's signature view of basketball culture, the nine-piece Converse x Just Don collection launches November 19 exclusively at JustDon.com and releases globally November 20.
The assortment is highlighted by Don C's take on the ERX, which remakes the original 22-panel construction in a white pony-hair upper, embellished with a gold jewel Star Chevron and “DONS” logo — a cheeky play on the original “CONS” logo. The apparel remixes heritage basketball color-blocking and features a range of finely detailed accents, from tonal leopard print to gold zippers.
Check Out Adonis Creed's Signature Collection
November 13, 2018
Built to power through the fiercest workouts, the Nike Training x Adonis Creed collection is inspired by Michael B. Jordan's cinematic role as boxer Adonis Creed and his drive to transform any environment into his training ground, from the asphalt to the weight room to the ring.
The collection includes apparel and introduces the Nike Metcon Flyknit 3 (read more about the new silhouette here) in a boxing-inspired special edition, with extended bootie construction, a removable strap and signature Adonis Creed branding. It releases November 15 on nike.com in North America and at Nike The Grove, Nike Las Vegas and Nike SoHo.
"Creed II," starring Michael B. Jordan, releases in theaters Thanksgiving.
Nike's Latest ACG Apparel Collection is a Winter Warmer
November 09, 2018
Outdoor apparel that staves off harsh weather and bland style — it's a staple quality of the Nike ACG line. The Holiday 2018 apparel collection from Nike ACG brings out warm fleece, stark color-blocking and fun graphics for your winter trekking (regardless of the terrain of your trail). Check out a preview of the selection below.
The Nike ACG apparel collection for Holiday 2018 releases November 16 on nike.com and at select retailers.
Taboo’s Style Origins Revealed in the Holiday N7 Collection
November 07, 2018
This season’s 2018 Nike N7 Collection is inspired by rapper Taboo’s relationship with his Native American heritage, which helped to develop his professional style and gives him pride for his cultural roots.
“My initial style influence was from my grandmother taking me to see traditional dancing in East L.A,” says Taboo, who is an ambassador for this year's collection along with professional gymnast Ashton Locklear. “I was influenced by how they put their outfits together. They wore boots; I wore sneakers. So I started with footwear and accessorized my outfit around that. And it grew from there. My dance style comes from watching ceremonial dance. That’s who I am. I represent what was started hundreds of years ago.”
That traditional Native American dance influence appears in the new collection through intricate beadwork patterning and a color palette from the natural world.
The Nike N7 collection releases November 7 on nike.com and at select retailers.
The 2018 Holiday Gear Guide from Nike Training
November 06, 2018
The Nike Training Just Do It collection, launching this month, combines the best of Nike Training to keep you warm and motivated this season. Featuring bold apparel colors and metallic footwear accents, the assortment will help you power through winter workouts. See below for a few select pieces from the collection.
The Nike Training Just Do It collection for men and women arrives on nike.com and in stores globally in early November.
The Essential Wet-Weather Running Guide
October 22, 2018
While the fall can provide idyllic running conditions, it can also cast unexpectedly harsh weather: wind, rain, sloppy street puddles. Use this guide to outfit your miles, and never put a run on hold due to the elements.
Nick Kyrgios and Eric Koston Pick Their Essential NBA Gear
October 16, 2018
Not a fan of either team? Kyrgios and Koston's picks are only a taste of Nike's deep NBA apparel collection, touting tees, sweaters, hoodies and more offered for all league allegiances.
Nike Partners with 9-Year-Old Designer Dear Giana for A Girl-Power Sportswear Collaboration
October 09, 2018
To deliver inspiring and inspired apparel to young girls, look no further than sports-loving artist Dear Giana, and her new collaboration with Nike, below.
The three limited-edition T-shirts and hat will be available in youth sizes October 11 on nike.com in North America.
Nike SB x NBA Collection
September 21, 2018
The Nike SB x NBA Collection draws from basketball’s enduring influence on skateboarding. Highlighting classic silhouettes, the collection unites two cultures with distinct crossovers in style and function — a fact skaters themselves know well.
“Growing up in Southern California in the '80s was what got me into basketball,” says Nike SB skateboarder Eric Koston. “I was getting deep into skateboarding in high school, but having the Showtime Lakers as my home team was so exciting to watch. They were at the peak of their championship wins, they had their rivalry with the Celtics – it was compelling, competitive, flashy basketball.”
The collection’s two pieces of apparel — the Nike SB x NBA Satin Bomber and the Nike SB x NBA Hoodie — are adorned with an oversized Association logo, an iconic symbol of style, individuality and fandom.
Classic basketball silhouettes compose the footwear assortment, including the Nike Bruin, Blazer and Dunk. In the shoes’ earliest forms, key features like padded ankle collars and flat soles were a natural fit for skateboarders who needed protection and tight boardfeel while riding.
“As a skateboarder, I’ve always looked at those early basketball shoes from an aesthetic standpoint — because the style was always cool — but also from a technological standpoint, because of the similarities in our need for impact and support,” says Koston.
The Nike SB x NBA Collection releases October 13 on nike.com and at select retailers. The pink Nike SB x NBA Bruin and pink Nike SB x NBA Hoodie release December 1 on nike.com and at select retailers.
Nike Women City Ready Collection
August 12, 2018
With Nike City Ready, the debut launch from Nike Women's Collections, Maria Vu, Senior Creative Director Nike Women's, and an all-female design team deliver a balance of forward-thinking innovation and directional silhouettes.
"The Nike City Ready Motion Adapt Bra is a great example of our promise," explains Vu. "Our challenge was how to take our incredible motion adapt technology, and make it beautiful and really push it through a transformative aesthetic lens without compromising the performance."
Nike Sport Pack
August 11, 2018
Heads up: Forward-looking Nike Sportswear has a progressive new collection, Nike Sport Pack. Featuring dynamic graphics, textiles and silhouettes that reference both heritage details and contemporary design, the collection distorts the boundaries of sport to deliver a new language of creative self-expression.
Nike Sport Pack will be available in Greater China August 1, and globally August 16.