Nike’s first foray into athletic outerwear debuted in 1979, with the Nike Windrunner. Representing the company’s timeless design mandate to harmonize form, function and emotion, the jacket solved a simple, yet unanswered runner demand: non-inhibiting protection against the elements. Just three years later, Stone Island was founded in Italy, defined by a similar drive to innovate. Challenging material and textile norms, by pairing military and workwear inspirations with innovative fabric treatments and dying techniques, it introduced wonderfully nuanced, technical jackets for everyday life. The ensuing decades saw both companies emerge as leaders in their respective fields.
The companies’ individual and original expertise come together in the NikeLab x Stone Island Windrunner. The second installment of an ongoing collaboration, the garment showcases Nike and Stone Island’s shared interest in innovation at the same time it evidences a new reality: The combined insights of the craftsman, the artist, the engineer and the manufacturer, previously a very rare combination, is the key to evolution.The NikeLab x Stone Island Windrunner is available beginning September at select NikeLab retailers and Stone Island Flagship Stores, nike.com, stoneisland.com.