The history of the ponchoNike x Tom Sachsit's a reminder that good solutions take time.The simplicity of the product is deceptive, its changing nature was perfected over the course of four years, dozens of prototypes, countless tests and countless hacks.
The project started in 2015as a result of a design challenge to consider the transformation of clothing, and was made by Jarrett Reynolds, Nike's senior design director for apparel special projects. Reynolds was initially intrigued by the idea of a slim pack that was completed with a quick deployment poncho that was quickly removed from its bag and could easily be repackaged after use. Despite its delicate nature, this prototype led to eight or nine other concepts, over the course of two years. Each of which helped show a proof of concept, but never clicked, so Reynolds shared the poncho via video with a frequent Nike contributor,Tom Sachs.
The poncho, which is the highlight of the collectionNIKECRAFT Transitions (including the Mars Yard Overshoe sneaker) incorporates materials such asDyneema®️(the same super strong fiber used in the Nike mars yard Overshoe), ceramic pieces created by the Sachs studio and a Fidlock buckle, which ensures easy use of the waist strap. The poncho itself was prepared from a waterproof and breathable three-layer fabric, which allowed for minimal size with maximum coverage. The bold print on the reverse of the garment proudly announces the manufacturing location:Vietnam.
The ideas in this collection–Transparency of materials and construction–they are very well reflected, and this work greatly honors the work of Sachs. In his own words, this has the same value and integrity of the sculptures that he does in his studio. While the products could certainly be displayed, Sachs strongly believes that they should not only be used, but also serve as an impetus to dig deeper and learn more. More about doing, about imagining and, above all, about the process.
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