Nike & Mo’Wax
After last night’s launch party at NikeLab in London, today sees the release of the Nike & Mo’Wax capsule collection - featuring two pairs of artwork-fuelled Nike Blazer sneakers...
The Build and Destroy collaboration is a collection of restyled Nike silhouettes that underscore Mo’Wax founder James Lavelle’s longstanding relationship with Nike. A recording artist, DJ and producer, Lavelle founded the London-based record label Mo’Wax in 1992, with the label originally gaining fame for its counter-culture approach to creativity. Both Mo’Wax and UNKLE (Lavelle’s personal recording alias) pushed collaboration across all mediums - from music, art and photography to fashion, film and toys - and the first partnership with Nike created the Dunk Hi Pro SB ‘DUNKLE’ from back in 2004.
A decade later, the new collection with Nike reflects a ‘streetwear-meets-sportswear-meets-military’ aesthetic - and the two mixed-material Nike Blazer’s are no exception, with colourways based on military flight jackets. The collaboration also reflects Lavelle’s penchant for sampling and collaboration by using various Mo’Wax names and slogans, all rendered in the signature reverse-script of longtime Mo’Wax collaborator Giovanni Estevez. For those who may not be familiar with the work of Estevez, he's an artist, graphic designer and illustrator who was born and raised in New York. As well as running his own clothing label, ANX, he has previously worked as a freelance artist for companies including Supreme, Burton Snowboards, Converse (designing a shoe for the ConverseRED project) and, of course, Mo’Wax.
The Nike & Mo’Wax capsule collection (which includes two Destroyer jackets, two Blazers, two caps and one T-shirt) is available now online and via NikeLab destinations worldwide