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The Nike Air Rift Adds Edge To The Liberty Collection

Nike and Liberty take a trip back to the 1970s with their new collection for summer 2015. The collection features the rarely seen Merlin print, originally designed by Liberty for a silk scarf back in 1972. 

THE NIKE X LIBERTY SUMMER ‘15 FOOTWEAR COLLECTION

The collection commemorates the return of the Nike Air Rift. Originally introduced in 1996, the Nike Air Rift's signature aesthetic is a result of Nike's never-ending pursuit to improve athletic performance. Designers working on the project blended technical fabrics, customizable fit systems, and an early form of natural motion design to create a performance shoe worthy of the runners that inspired its creation. For summer '15 the Air Rift's unusual aesthetics are complemented by Liberty's Merlin print for a uniqe expression of sport driven style.

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Alongside the Air Rift, the collection’s footwear offering features the Nike Air Max 90 Ultra, on which the Merlin print covers the upper; the Nike Tennis Classic Ultra, which boasts a full Merlin upper and plain white tongue to set off the design; the classic Nike Cortez featuring a full Merlin upper; the Nike Juvenate with an understated Merlin pattern behind the Nike Swoosh; and the Nike Air Max Thea, which includes a Merlin upper and a distinctive white Nike Swoosh heel.

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a disruptive, standout aesthetic

The Merlin print’s geometric shawl design, which includes a playful layout of circles and concentric squares, is applied to a range of contemporary and heritage Nike footwear and apparel silhouettes. Chosen for its bright coloring, striking pattern and unusual design, the Merlin print gives the Nike x Liberty Summer 2015 collection a disruptive, standout aesthetic. The collection intersects past and present to create something completely original.

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The Nike x Liberty summer ‘15 apparel collection

The Nike x Liberty summer ‘15 apparel collection includes a Nike QS Liberty Windrunner Jacket in all-over Merlin print; a Nike Liberty Tee with a full scarf print hem and print detail sleeves; and a Nike Women’s Liberty Cap featuring a Merlin print peak. 

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Availability

The Nike x Liberty summer footwear and apparel collection launches exclusively at Liberty London on April 23. The Nike x Liberty Air Rift will launch on nike.com/sportwear and at select Nike Sportswear retailers on May 4 and the rest of the collection will become available May 15.