From the monthly archives: October 2011

Following up on my prior Gyakusou post, Nike Running paths (www.nikerunningpaths.com) has been updated with more images and video of the collection. There is a behind the scenes of the filming of the ‘Running Monks’ Video where Jun goes into some detail about the inspirations behind this collection; the mixture of technical advances and elements of traditional Japanese culture. What does it the most for me is the color palette this season, I love the use of traditional sportswear colors that incorporate a heathered look reminiscent of men’s suiting.

Behind the Scenes Kyoto Video

Look for some the new stuff to drop October at shops including Firmament and Tres Bein .

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Undercover x Nike film from POP Magazine on Vimeo.

Nike and Jun Takahashi present their third running collection under the Gyakusou sub-brand. I have owned several pieces from past seasons and I must say the utility, styling and construction has always been top-notch. I really appreciate¬† Jun’s work on this entire collaboration as it’s entirely evident that his heart is in it. He is able to merge his design prowess and interest in long-distance running with Nike’s manufacturing prowess. This video takes on a theme reminiscent of Buddhist monks and artfully showcases the new items including thermal t-shirts with zip-off sleeves, and what looks like a return of the Lunar Spider TT+ in fresh colorways.

Word is that prices are lowered this season so runners (and Undercover fans) everywhere can rejoice. I’ll be sure to provide more Gyakusou coverage as it comes.

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