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For Spring/Summer 2012, Nike Sportswear presents the second ‘Made in Italy’ apparel collection, fusing technical know-how, high end fabrics and style into an overall strong line of clothing.

“The concept for this on-going project is to create modern sportswear without compromise, offering the ultimate in style, performance and quality. With this in mind, the collection utilises a combination of the finest technical and luxury materials, and each piece is manufactured in some of Italy’s most prestigious artisan factories and workshops – whose main clients include Stone island and C.P. Company – allowing NSW unprecedented access to some of the most exclusive fabrics and production methods available.

For the SS12 collection, the NSW design team drew inspiration from Rugby in anticipation of the 2012 Six Nations Tournament. A key piece in the capsule range is the Nike 1823 Rugby Shirt, which has been given a premium upgrade with panelled wool and cotton construction. Other iconic Nike pieces such as the Destroyer and Windrunner jackets have been reimagined with innovative new silhouettes and detailing, constructed in luxury materials such as perforated calfskin nubuck leather and a cotton/silk blend, as well as technical fabrics such as RipStop Nylon. As a finishing touch, indicative of the level of quality and attention to detail present throughout the collection, all zippers used are Italian-made ‘Lampo’ zips by Lanfranchi.”

With the main Nike Sportswear apparel line not really bringing stand out pieces to the table currently, at least compared to the times when the M-65 and Destroyer just released, this might be as good as it gets. The Made in Italy Destroyer and Destroyer Trench Coat are our favorite pieces in the collection.

The line is  now available from END.

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