Nike x Gyakusou Spring 2014


The Nike and Gyakusou collaboration continues with this Spring ’14 collection, which plays on the idea of opposing emotions during the process of running.

Running is a battle between opposing emotions and designer Jun Takahashi knows this. For Takahashi, and probably most people that run regularly, the process of running involves a struggle between joy and pain, euphoria and exhaustion, courage and surrender. The collection uses those emotions for inspiration and visualises them. A ying-yang appearance can be found throughout with contrasting colours and materials on both the apparel and footwear.

The latest advanced technologies, informed by body-led research, are used here. Takahashi has worked closely with Nike’s Apparel Innovation Design Team and utilised technologies such as thermal body mapping, which charts changes in the body’s temperature through an engineered jacquard weave. The two Lunar AXL designs showcase the ying-yang colour blocking with the shoe’s lightweight and breathable mesh uppers complimented by tonal python embossed leather panels and that famous Lunarlon responsive cushioning on the outsole.

The Nike x Gyakusou collection will be available on March 1 at Gyakusou stockists such as End, Hanon and

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Chris Benfield

Chris is a multi-disciplinary designer working across editorial, print, identity and digital for a variety of industries. Previous clients include Nike, PUMA, Dazed & Confused and Boxfresh.

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