As part of a new NikeLab collection titled Nike Advanced Apparel Exploration (A.A.E.) 1.0, the Swoosh delves into modernizing the basic T-shirt while retaining its basic and timeless foundation.

The NikeLab A.A.E. 1.0 T-shirt is defined by its computational design, which merges a series of body maps and form a motion-led knit pattern, fundamentally shifting the traditional process used to make a typical T-shirt.

“It takes us to a completely different place," says Kurt Parker, Nike’s VP of Apparel Design. "Instead of having to cut and sew multiple materials, we could just program the knitting machine to do it all at one moment, using one material instead of many.”

Studying how the body reacts, specifically in modern urban environments, Nike scientists were able to investigate the massive temperature and humidity fluctuations that occur in these various places, and this examination provided additional digital body maps, including a cling map, airflow map, sweat map and heat map.

Joined alongside apparel designers, Nike Flyknit engineers and computational designers, all motion and temperature maps were then merged to create a singular, complex data set that transformed into a visual language -- which were then translated by the company’s cutting-edge knitting machines -- that produced an algorithm output of a single-layer, seamless knit that delivered ventilation where needed and coverage where desired.

From there, the designers tweaked the machine’s language to originate a final knit structure that was tested in an environmental simulator. Overall, this reconceptualization aims to enhance a traditional T-shirt’s limitations such as holding a bunch of sweat, and how the fabric reacts when the body is in motion.

The NikeLab Nike A.A.E. 1.0 collection will be launching Thursday, September 14, 2017 at NikeLab and select retailers.

In other Swoosh news, Nike kicks off the NFL season with ‘Who You With?’ campaign.

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