Stone Island and NikeLab reprise their FW15 partnership, digging into the Nike archives to create a collaborative Windrunner jacket.
As with any product to bear the easily recognizable Stone Island badge, the Windrunner jacket is crafted from a selection of technically superior textiles; a 7-denier nylon coated with a wind and water-resistant membrane called Hyper Lite Membrana 2L TC, as well as Membrana 3L TC nylon, which is coated for weather protection and lined with ultra-lightweight fabric. The result is a lofted-up version of the classic Nike Windrunner, available in a range of six colorways.
For the launch of the exclusive jacket, we sat down with Stone Island head Carlo Rivetti in Milan to find out more about the collaboration.
First, what makes the NikeLab x Stone Island Windrunner special?
As usual we put together different materials, and we integrated a performing membrane. The challenge is garment-dying, and the temperature, meaning we have to work with a high temperature, which means the lamination can melt. You can work with a lower temperature, but you will not achieve these bright colours, so it was a very long experimentation. This was of the most important problems. The other one is to obtain a perfect quality, in terms of sizing. In garment dying the culture is slightly different, but working with a company like Nike, we learn a lot of things. Its not easy at all, because the two different types of dying the fabric can react in different ways. So it was really a long process, but we learned a lot, My people in Crevalcore, Italian company were so proud to have an opportunity to work with these people in Beaverton. Two different cultures coming together and growing together.
When you are in love with product and you deal with product, you need to learn something different and to see all different aspects. Nike is very big so it has to standardize everything. We are a chemistry lab we have that approach and they were amazed. It was really interesting both parties.
In terms of Stone Island’s famous materials, do you have any that you didn’t release or were not successful?
Not successful? Four years ago we did an exhibition for the 30 year anniversary of Stone Island in Florence. We did the show in a train station in Florence. If we showed all the research that we could not achieve, we would need two train stations. What is interesting is that we never gave up. We always try to have something that was not possible 30 years ago. Now with new technology – new machines, new types of colors – we can obtain these. In the back of our minds, we always remember the the research we have done, successful or non-successful. We always try maintain a new evolution.