Nike and Jun Takahashi, founder and designer of Japanese label Undercover come together once again to launch their newest running collection for Fall/Holiday 2011.
To exemplify the characteristics of this collection, Takahashi and his running crew, GIRA (GYAKUSOU International Running Association) a small but dedicated group of Tokyo-based runners, gathered in the still thriving center of historic Japanese culture, the city of Kyoto, to capture the beauty and functionality of the collection through a short film named Running Monks.
Shooting in centuries old temples immersed in nature, the crew visited Tofuku-ji, a National Treasure of Japan, founded in 1236, and Kozan-ji, which is registered as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Director and Art Director Tetsuya Nagato and Photographer Katsuhide Morimoto, frequent collaborators with Undercover and Takahashi, managed to obtain permission to shoot in some of Japan’s most significant and remarkable sites where, in general, you are not allowed to run inside.
In our latest feature we examine the details of the collection and follow Jun Takahashi and his team on their runs through Kyoto.
The new GYAKUSOU collection will be available at Firmament in Berlin, Nike Stadium stores and select Nike retailers globally from October 15th.