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Nike Sportswear x Tomokazu Matsuyama (Matzu) - Hooded Sports Trench Coat

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First debut at Berlin's FIRMAMENT boutique, now gradually making its way to other Nike Sportswear dealers around the world is the Hooded Sports Trench Coat from the 2009-2010 NSW Pinnacle Collection.   Comprised of 2.5 layer lamination fabric that is both water and wind resistant, the limited permeation allows excess body heat and perspiration to escape.   This translates to a more comfortable wear for end users. Added touches include wrist adjustment loop in premium leather and reinforced laser-cut seams in contrast white.

Another notable feature is the Trench Coat silhouette, the first of such form within the NSW line.   The motivation behind design was by our friend, Tomokazu Matsuyama, or better known as Matzu.   The Brooklyn-base Japanese artist wanted to conceptualize something entirely different from the rest of Nike Sportswear Collection.   So while the construction, from the taped seams, waterproof zipper enclosure, to the laminated fabric, all remained in their technical forms, Matzu altered the "canvas" itself in the shape of a trench coat.   However, the alteration was not limited to Nike's side.   For the project, Matzu also reshaped the common perception of his artwork.   Gone are broad colorful brush strokes or the kirin-inspired bird figure.   Instead, the only visage from Matzu is the coat's inner pocket adorned with his signature paint mark in black and white.   As the artist recently explained, this project presented an unique opportunity to experiment with concepts not usually associated with Nike Sportswear or himself.   In addition, look for a matching footwear to come in the near future.

The Nike Sportswear x Tomokazu Matsuyama (Matzu) - Hooded Sports Trench Coat is currently available at FIRMAMENT as well as its online store, The-Glade.

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