Artist Tom Sach’s and Nike pair up for an unlikely collection inspired by Space. Tom Sachs: Nikecraft collection features The Mars Yard Shoe, the Trench, The Marsfly Jacket, and the Lightweight Tote. The goal was to create a collection that would be befitting for Astronauts who must have the ultimate endurance to be able to withstand the rigors of space travel. Nike design and Sachs worked with materials that have never been used in sportswear, taken from automotive air bags, mainsails for boats and the space suit itself. Take a look at the collection:
Today Nike released the first video in anticipation for their upcoming collaboration with artist Tom Sachs. Entitled ‘Space Camp’, Tom Sachs and his team prepare for the “Space Program 2.0: Mars.”
Anyone familiar with Tom Sachs scrappy make-it-yourself sculpture (some call it bricolage) might find the idea of him collaborating with the biggest sporting goods brand on the planet, in the universe, an unlikely partnership. What he, as an artist, considers a large edition size, Nike runs off in prototypes testing iterations of a new sneaker. And yet born from the dynamic between Tom’s D.I.Y. aesthetic and the wide reaching Nike brand, comes an artisanal capsule collection,Nikecraft .
Launched on the eve of Tom’s Space Program: Mars, this joint venture between Tom and the Nike design team fuses, in several significant ways, the design sensibility Sachs brings to space travel.
The Tom Sachs SPACE PROGRAM: Mars exhibition opens May 16 – June 17, 2012 at the Armory in New York City, turning 55,000 sq feet into an “immersive space odyssey” that features the artists sculpture of space mission platforms, vehicles, and suiting. In conjunction with the opening of the SPACE PROGRAM: Mars, the artists has entered in a joint venture with Nike launching the Tom Sachs: NIKECraft collection – a sportswear collection utilizing materials never before used in sportswear: automotive airbags, mansails, and space suiting. The details continue the relationship between astronaut and athlete with “Zipper pulls that double as storage containers, paracord that can be fashioned as a tourniquet and embellishments like the periodic table of elements screened on the inside of a jacket.”
Tom Sachs: NIKECraft collection includes The Mars Yard Shoe, the Trench, The Marsfly Jacket, and the Lightweight Tote.