And the Nike SB x Supreme 94 hypetrain keeps gaining speed. This time Japanese magazine Honeyee has posted a feature on the shoe, including some great photo’s (including Koston skating a NYC cop car) and an interview with Supreme founder James Jebbia. Check the interview below and the full feature on Honeyee.
It should be noted that the project with Nike this time is
different from ones that you did with them before. The Nike Supreme 94
had designed and developed by Supreme from scratch. How and when did
this project come to realization? In the course of pursuing this
project, were there anything in particular that you stick to and/or had a
hard time with?
We have been working with Nike SB on a new sneaker every 18 months or
so for 10 years now, after the last one that we did which was the Bruin
in 2008 we started thinking what model we would like to work with next
& everything we brought up seemed a bit forced, so we asked Nike if
they might be open to letting us work on our own model, there were cool
enough to give us the go-ahead & Luke Meier the designer started
working on them around February 2009. Ideally we wanted to make a
sneaker that we felt worked well with out identity & was versatile.
How did you choose materials and colorways for the Nike 94?
Compared with other models released in the past, these look more mature
in a way. Any particular reason?
We wanted to work with Foamposite, it’s a great material rarely been
used outside of basketball sneakers, in terms of the colors we wanted to
go classic on the first go round & make it more about the sneaker
itself, you will be seeing a few more vibrant colors coming out sometime
It seems that the silhouette of the apparel line has became
slightly fitted in recent years. The change like this influences the
development of the footwear?
Our look has never been baggy, we have always had a pretty clean
& simple aesthetic, whatever we are working on though, be it a
jacket, a shirt, pair of pants or a sneaker we always approach things
the same. We talk things over with our crew & see how they want to
wear things right now & what they are sick of seeing & take it
from there, if the cooler heads are sitting around wearing good fitting
shirts we take it as a given that’s what we should be concentrating on
more so than say sweatshirts, we try & adjust subtly, naturally
& in our own way to what we observe around us & also try &
introduce new things that our customers have not seen before, for us a
lof of stuff out right now is looking very boring & cliched, fuck
that, we like to see more attitude & rebellion.
Are you targeting these sneakers for particular crowd? Or
please tell us what type of styling do you think it would go well with
No particular crowd, anyone really who likes sneakers & wants
something a little different, if you like them, great, if not, no
Supreme had worked on collaborative projects with Nike and
every time you released a new model, its exceeded fan’s expectations.
What does the project with Nike mean to you?
It’s a great opportunity for us to be able to do a silhouette of our
own with a great brand like Nike & be part of he development process
form start to finish, it’s a long & complicated process that needs
constant attention to the smallest detail, we learned a lot from it,
it’s still done pretty old school, there are no short cuts.
Supreme has worked on a collaborative project with companies
like Vans, Padmore & Barnes, and etc., to make footwear. What do you
have in mind when you decide to do a collaboration with other company?
We simply try & make good products that we feel people will like
& don’t put boundaries on what or who we can work with, if we feel
that Wallabee’s are a good look right now & fit into our aesthetic
but we can’t find the ones we really want or they are not being seen or
shown right for our crowd, and Padmore & Barnes make the very best
Wallabee’s we will approach them & see if we can work together but
if it’s something that we can make just as good or better by ourselves
we will go that route.
What is the appeal in Nike?
They make the best sneakers in the world & are willing to take
chances & risks, a lot of bigger companies play it very safe, will
only make something if it’s been proven already. I have found Nike to
always be open to new things, that’s why they are leaders & not
Would you like to develop another original footwear with Nike
in the future? If you have an opportunity, what type of footwear you
would like to create?
Have not thought about this, we are still working on the current model.
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