Monday Briefing: The North Face x MM6, Supreme x Nike Air Max Plus, BAPE x Alpha Industries, adidas FUTURECRAFT.SPRUNG and more

News recap from October 5 to October 11
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The Los Angeles Lakers capped off a remarkable NBA season yesterday by beating the Miami Heat to win their 17th franchise championship. Led by LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the win was very emotional not only because of COVID-19 and the social injustice and police brutality occurring in the country but also because of the loss of Lakers great Kobe Bryant earlier this year. This week's briefing includes the release of the Kobe V Protro "5 Rings" right in time for the championship celebration as well as a handful of other sneaker drops and fashion lookbooks.

The North Face x Maison Margiela MM6 collection

Last week, Maison Margiela's MM6 contemporary line dropped their collaborative collection with The North Face. The collection features 10 redesigned TNF Expedition System pieces that are accentuated with circular design elements to bring MM6's DNA to life. Prices for the pieces range from $290 to $1,550 and pieces are available through both maisonmargiela.com and thenorthface.com.

Supreme x Nike Air Max Plus

Supreme has announced their footwear collaboration for the season with Nike after dropping their apparel collection back in September. For Fall/Winter 2020, three colorways of the Air Max Plus make an appearance alongside a Dri-FIT Running Hat. Lime green, orange and blue as well as black, red and pink carry a flame-inspired design while a plain all-white with red Swoosh design adds contrast and a recognizable Supreme color palette. These drop on Supreme's web store and in-store in NY, SF, LA, London and Paris this Thursday, October 15 and in Japan on October 17.

Release Date: 10/15/20 (Thursday)
10/17/20 (Saturday)

Alife x Reebok Zig Kinetica

Alife has teamed up with Reebok to create a limited edition Zig Kinetica sneaker. A running shoe that was first introduced last fall, the Zig Kinetica gets an oversized Alife logo on the lateral in black to contrast the white upper while red and yellow flow along the heel and a blue outsole finishes off the primary color selection. They're available now through alifenewyork.com for $130.

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The North Face is bringing back Steep Tech collection

The North Face is bringing back the Steep Tech collection. Originally designed by Scot Schmidt, the pieces were made popular by the "Extreme Team" in Warren Miller's ski films and are instantly recognizable through their zippers, pockets and interchangeable street and slop styles. You can see the lookbook below. They'll be available through select retailers on October 24.

Release Date: 10/24/20 (Saturday)

adidas unveils FUTURECRAFT.STRUNG

Last week, adidas unveiled the latest technological advance to its FUTURECRAFT program called STRUNG. The new textile lets adi test designs structures before actually making it and each thread is placed exactly where the robot tells it to go so support, flex and breathability are all done within one piece of material. You can take a look at the sample below and expect this technology to be used in Parley collection, adidas 4D and LOOP by late 2021 to early 2022.

Alpha Industries launches Operation RE: Supply

For Fall/Winter 2020, Alpha Industries has launched Operation RE: Supply which is a curated collection of "pre-owned vintage and deadstock surplus military styles and accessories." The pieces were examined by fashion historians to get authenticated and the prices range from $20 to $120. Alpha wanted to pay homage to their own history as a military apparel contractor by doing this and opening up the pieces to a larger audience. You can shop them now on alphaindustries.com.

BAPE x Alpha Industries Fall/Winter 2020 capsule collection

BAPE has teamed up with Alpha Industries for a capsule collection across a range of military garments. Pieces will arrive in a desert camo and olive color variation and includes outerwear like a layered jacket, down jacket, reversible MA-1 and tops like a reversible inner lining, hoodie, long-sleeve tee, logo tee and a pair of pants. You can grab the collaboration at BAPE stores on October 17 and at Alpha Industries retailers from October 23 onward.

Release Date: 10/17/20 (Saturday)