Mike Friton is a freelance shoemaker, weaver, paper sculptor and innovator with over 30 years of experience at Nike. His innovations are responsible for many elements of athletic footwear that people wear today. Each of his crafts informs one another and he is constantly exploring the fringes of his field. Mike’s work is a great example of how non-traditional methods of exploring one’s craft can lead to unique end results. (via Ed)
“Often I don’t really know how to do many of the technical details I want to do. I know that it’s possible, so I just start by trying. I just jump on the sewing machine and see what comes out the other side. At St. Martins, I was told to come up with drawings first, but clothes are meant for the body and its design has to start as a physical thing, not a concept. It’s because we don’t work with preset rules that we’re able to take things to a whole new level. From pattern making, to selecting materials, to the sewing, the closures, we developed everything by ourselves.”
Arc’teryx Veilance head designer Conroy Nachtigall shares his insights and thoughts on working with the brand’s progressive materials, research development, and application of engineered production techniques. (via Steph)
Building off previous work with CV Dazzle, camouflage from face detection, Privacy Mode by Adam Harvey continues to explore the aesthetics of privacy and the potential for fashion to challenge authoritarian surveillance. A suite of new designs, made in collaboration with NYC fashion designer Johanna Bloomfield, that tackle some of the most pressing and sophisticated forms of surveillance today. Including:
The anti-drone hoodie and anti-drone scarf: garments designed to thwart thermal imaging, a technology used widely by UAVs.
The XX-shirt: a x-ray shielding print in the shape of a heart, that protects your heart from x-ray radiation
And the Off Pocket: an anti-phone accessory that allows you to instantly zero out your phone’s signal
Accompanying each project will be videos and tests revealing the process behind each technology and counter technology.
The UVU Cold Race Jacket employs the most advanced performance wear construction technologies available to Man. It will serve as a prelude to UVU’s upcoming ultra marathon lines made for two other equally challenging environments- that of the desert and the jungle.
Abe Burmeister explains how a punk-rock ethic helped him create a business building a new niche in a market he had no experience in. Abe just wanted a pair of pants he could both ride his bike and go to work in - and all his partner Tyler needed was a shirt that stayed fresh despite his pedal-powered commute. He describes how the duo paired intensive research in New York’s garment district with the connectivity of the web to create Outlier - a performance fashion business that only sells over the web.