Nike’s longstanding partnership with Jun Takahashi’s GYAKUSOU is an evolving, ever-changing collection.
Almost exclusively performance-based and built around the essence of running and its many facets — both physically and mentally — Takahashi, a runner himself, is intrinsically in tune with the offering as a designer and participant.
Running, for the UNDERCOVER creator, is a meditative experience that’s largely done in solitude. It represents a collection of moments that allow new ideas to flow freely. While he moves and the environment around him remains static, his thoughts are moving visually in the stillness.
“I intentionally include earthy colors. It is important to bring together my aesthetics with Nike’s functionality,” Takahashi notes.
Blending high-performance sneakers and apparel that seamlessly operates in an urban environment, GYAKUSOU is often expressed in shades that blend with the landscape. For the latest collection, this consistent remains while the color story also explores the fluidity in running. Be it fast-paced or long distance, meant to energize or to calm, Takahashi pointedly aims this sentiment towards runnings ability to achieve each of those end goals singularly or in totality.
While much of the apparel offering includes shorts, tights, and Dri-fit based tops, the footwear component stands as the most intriguing. Utilizing the Nike Vaporfly 4% and the Nike Pegasus Turbo, aforementioned earth tones provide an aesthetic presence that’s made past GYAKUSOU x Nike collections both timely and timeless.
The Nike Gyakusou spring 2019 collection releases globally on February 28.