How Three ACG Pieces Challenge Nike to Synchronize Functional and Sustainable Design
February 11, 2021
The principles behind Nike ACG and those that guide sustainable design are found in literally transformative forms. When a top gear can withstand all types of weather and terrain, you can cultivate an outdoor presence, which fosters a love for it, and is a first step in protecting it. The ACG Spring 2021 collection builds on the sustainable mindset foundation of last year’s capsule by using thoughtful methods to design versatile, layered gear that still points to a circular future. Three pieces that represent this kind of thinking: the Misery Ridge Jacket, Dope’s Rope Skirt, and the Mazama Vest.
1. Misery Ridge jacket: function and sustainability meet in the most critical areas
In the spirit of ACG, a jacket should help protect the wearer in various conditions, but do so in a way that considers the environmental footprint. The Misery Ridge Jacket applies lightweight 100% recycled polyester to two critical areas of the piece: the face and the back. The outdoors is its own performance stage, and sustainability shouldn’t get in the way of what’s required in the middle of the environment, nor be relegated to just minor portions of the jacket.
2. Rope De Dope Skirt: When made with sustainability in mind, the role changes from scenario to scenario.
The individual alchemy that changes a person when they set foot outside reflects how the pieces serve multiple purposes on different occasions. Made from 100% post-consumer recycled nylon, the Rope De Dope Skirt transforms into a blanket when the situation calls for it.
3. Mazama Vest – Prints and patterns can stylize the emotional appeal of the outdoors
Natural beauty can be interpreted through images on clothing, without skimping on sustainability. The collection continues the theme of connecting prints and patterns to stunning locations around the world, this time going to Crater Lake in Oregon, the deepest lake in North America. Made from 100 percent recycled polyester, the Mazama vest incorporates an impression of the topological landscape seen from the lookout near the Crater Lake visitor center, including the peaks along the shoreline.