Aside from the East vs. West Pack between DJ Clark Kent and Eddie Cruz of UNDFTD, Nike Sportswear just ushered in another virtual rivalry, this time between Amsterdam’s artist Parra and London-base designer Cassette Playa. Similar to other so-called “rivalry”, there are no physical confrontation. Neither there is a sense of animosity between each opponent. Instead, the “rivalry” in this instance is about a competition to strain one’s creativity in design and outwit each other’s concepts. It is in this conceptual crucible that wild ideas are born.
First off in this make-believe rivalry is Cassette Playa Team – Chimeras. Leading the charge in Cassette Playa’s Carrie Mundane, who instituted the eerie landscape from the supposed “Year of the Apocalypse”, 2012. When asked to briefly described her team, Mundane stated them as complexity of characters, “…mutant fusions of Earth creatures, the chimeras are fearless and dedicated to winning. Rivals with other surviving Earth creatures, but also their own enemy, they have a two sided brain that competes against itself, caught in an infinite internal battle.” And as this imaginative battle take place, Mundane transcript each blow and counter-blow with splash of sharp colorways – radioactive acid greens, fluorescent oranges, bright fuchsias, and vibrant blues. Comes in a sinister pack of 4, each takes on the form of a Stadium Jacket, a Destroyer (Tech Bomber) Jacket, T-Shirt, and Nike Dunk Hi Premium.
The core merchandise for each of the opposition is the Stadium Jacket. Updated variants derived from the original NSW Collection Stadium Jacket, with construction of Melton wool frame insulated with Thermore fill, premium leather sleeves and lined with Dri-FIT material. Similar to true varsity teams, Cassette Playa filled the exterior with chenille patches, badges of honor from make-believe wins. Second but not least is the Destroyer Jacket. Liken to the coach jacket of the old, cropped for ease of function and movement. Lined with Dri-FIT lining and insulated with Thermore fill, the Destroyer Jacket is constructed with double-layer water repellent satin. Thus making it ideal wear for Fall. To complete the collection are a collection of graphic t-shirt, cut specific for either men or women. Similar unisex fitting could be found on the Chimera Stadium Jacket as well. All are now available at Nike Sportswear locations, selected retailers with NSW account, and NikeStore.com
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