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04/21/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/21/2019 10:28

The Latest from NIKECraft Challenges Pedestrian Poncho Expectations

NN: The collection also includes down shorts. Why do we need those?
TS: When I'm working in the studio - that's my athletic arena - when I wear shorts, I'm much more limber, I'm faster and I think better because I'm not constrained by fabric resistance in my knees.

NN: All of the pieces also have ceramic embellishments produced by the Sachs studio. How do you think about your own studio as part of this multi-faceted manufacturing process?
TS: For me, one of the greatest parts about working with Nike is being able to build things on a scale that the studio can never produce.

I made some of these ceramic beads for other projects and I thought, well, they're pretty quick to make, and I thought, wouldn't it be great if we could make one small part, if this did not fail because of us, one small part of something and make many thousands?

We set up a little factory of beadmaking and we fired 16,000 of them that are hand formed, drilled, marked with a Swoosh and a Tom Sachs logo. And you can see the fingerprints of individuals who made them on the pieces.

NN: Of course, other hands are involved in the process of making the pieces in the collection too. The poncho calls out Vietnam specifically. How important is the factory relationship with the collaboration of NIKECraft?
TS: The factory we worked with in Vietnam is, really, one the best makers that I've worked with at Nike. They didn't just blindly do what they were told. And that's a true measure of a real collaboration. Together, we all worked to produce the product, and in the spirit of transparency, I think it's really worth talking about the individuals who make the things.