Nike once again teams up with Jun Takahashi’s UNDERCOVER for another coveted collection mirroring the designer's serious approach to running. When designing the collection, the two brands contemplated on what a running uniform might look like in 1,000 years. This thought process eventually led to the development of the Utility Long Tights - a combination of running shorts and running tights. A looser fit on top incorporates pockets and recalls classic sport shorts, while the integrated full-leg coverage of tights provides necessary warmth. This same forward-looking concept also led to the Engineered Sleeve Composite Jacket. Instead of using a single fabric to form the outerwear layer, the unlined jacket incorporates multiple materials. The body of the garment is constructed of a composite Storm-FIT that provides weather protection, whereas the sleeves and neck are formed from an engineered knit that allows for mobility and adapts to the arm in motion.
The jacket works in conjunction with the Dri-FIT Sweat Map Long-Sleeve Tops and Dri-FIT Sweat Map Short-Sleeve Tops. Originally introduced in the Gyakusou Spring 2014 collection, the performance shirts knit Nike Sweat Map ventilation into an engineered jacquard fabric to provide aeration. For Holiday 2014, the tops have incorporated articulated sleeves and a concealed hem pocket. Additional men's tops include the Mesh Thermo Vest and 4-Way Stretch Half-Zip Hoody Top, which combines water-repellant jersey with practical details. Meanwhile, an Embossed Woven Hooded Jacket and Aeroloft 800 Vest are also included.
Along with the Dri-FIT Utility Long Tights, men’s bottoms include 4-Way Stretch Slim Long Pants and Embossed Woven Shorts while women’s bottoms include Embossed Woven Shorts and Dri-FIT Long Tights. Takahashi has also designed an Outlast Knit Cap and Wide Head/Ear Band, both featuring reflective silver logos.
The UNDERCOVER x Nike Gyakusou Holiday 2014 collection will be available online and at NikeLab destinations worldwide beginning October 23.