Last year, Nike Sportswear’s City Destroyer Jacket took on the world with exclusive editions for New York, London, Tokyo, Shanghai, Rio de Janeiro, and Los Angeles. Come this holiday season, the coveted outerwear will set its sight on one of the most identifiable American signature, the game of football. An amalgamation of traditions, the new Nike City Destroyer Jacket Collection from Nike Sportswear pays homage to great American cities of Detroit, New Orleans, Miami, Los Angeles, Oakland and each’s football legacies.
For the home of Motown and 5.2 million people, the Nike Sportswear City Destroyer Jacket for Detroit is a bold juxtaposition of black and white, a reference to the city’s hardcore rock scene. Number 3-1-3 highlights the city’s area code while a large fleur-de-lis patch honors the French man who founded the city in 1701, Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac. (hence the car label Cadillac). From the northern winterland to warm sandy beaches of the south, the color orange plays an important role in Miami’s football history, both professionally and on a collegiate level. Alludes to its privateer past and its present as a playground for the rich and famous, an anchor plus a sunglasses wearing skull and cross bones mark the city’s signature Destroyer Jacket.
Like a prodigal son, the 1995 return of the Raiders organization to its Oakland home not only strengthen the team’s fan base. It established a connection to the city’s cultural roots, as signify by a sword on the state map of California. Another city with deep roots is the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia. The “give liberty or give me death” mantra took the forms of a Liberty Bell appliqué on the sleeve and a skull wearing a stars and stripes bandana. A patch with an ink bottle and quail is in honor of the Declaration of Independence. Finally, the enchanted city of New Orleans that is one part French and one part Creole, both represented as fleur-de-lis and NOLA initials in gold, the New Orleans Saints official colorway.
On all the jacket will be the number “51”, both large and small. Again, like all other references, the numbers are steeped in traditions as the jersey number of Nike Co-Founder Bill Bowerman when he played collegiate football. The exclusive collection will be available at select Nike retailers in each city and Nike Sportswear flagship store on 21 Mercer Street starting tomorrow, December 8th.
Nike Sportswear 21 Mercer
21 Mercer Street | Map
New York, NY 10013
TEL #: 212-226-5433
Release Date: December 8th, 2011 (Thursday)