June 11th, 2014 by John Kim
Today, Nike launched Nike Lab, a brand new consumer space providing an unprecedented look at the brand’s most advanced products and its collaborative endeavors with the world’s most forward-thinking innovators in the industry. At Nike Lab, which opens its six global locations tomorrow, June 12th, you’ll find a number of exclusive product, such as the F.C.R.B. by SOPH.net apparel, the UNDERCOVER Collection by Jun Takahashi, and much more. Continue on for a first look inside its retail locations and stay tuned to Sneaker News for more updates on this latest development showcasing Nike’s creativity in product and design.
Nike has created a new consumer destination called NikeLab that will transform the retail landscape in both physical spaces and through e-commerce. NikeLab opens on June 12 in New York, London, Paris, Milan, Shanghai and Hong Kong, and digitally through Nike.com/NikeLab. The new destination will provide consumers with unique expressions of Nike’s leading innovations within an experience that bridges physical retail, online commerce, and digital engagement. Nike.com/NikeLab will also extend consumer engagement globally through Twitte and Instagram, and via We Chat in China.
NikeLab is a place to showcase how Nike interacts and collaborates with other innovators as part of its larger journey of exploration. Offering expanded access to Nike’s most anticipated and surprising products, NikeLab broadens the experience to global communities through the digital space. Designed to be a retail destination that serves to spark consumer discovery in new and unexpected ways, NikeLab will present a curated collection defined by product never before imagined paired with new variations of our celebrated performance styles. Limited editions of Nike’s latest performance and sport style innovations that express the intersection of sport, design, and culture will be available. Nike’s heritage styles have also been reinterpreted through creative collaborations, and unique capsule collections from various creative partners such as designer Jun Takahashi from UNDERCOVER, will come together as a tailored assortment exclusive to NikeLab.
For Nike, innovation goes beyond product. Nike will bring to life its design principles at retail. Taking inspiration from product design, each NikeLab achieves maximum performance and aesthetics with low environmental impact. Core Nike design principles such as less is more, lightweight, functionality, and modularity inform the fixtures, materials used in the construction, and the functionality of the spaces. Working with long-term partner Arthur Huang, founder of design firm Miniwiz, Nike designers together with Huang developed innovative materials created from motherboards and casings that hint to the potential of re-used materials to push retail design forward.
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