Continuing its facilitation of a faster style of play, Nike releases an exclusive Merlin football for the Nike Air Max 2017 Womens 20th anniversary of its partnership with the Premier League.In 1978, political activist and designer Gilbert Baker created, hand dyed and hand sewed two flags with Adidas NMD Womens eight colored stripes (pink, red, orange, yellow, green, turquoise, blue and violet) to be a positive symbol that would unite gay, lesbian and transgender people. He called it the Pride Flag and debuted it that year in San Francisco.
The community loved the flag. And organizers of San Francisco’s Pride Parade determined it would be a powerful look to line the entire route of the 1979 event with four colors on one side of the street and four on the other.
The 2019-20 football is the first version of the Nike Merlin that Adidas Superstar Femme is produced solely for the Premier League. The distinctive modular graphic, adorned with vibrant colors, is inspired by the dynamism of the league and its Nike Air Max 90 Womens vibrant fan culture.
“We wanted to design a ball that specifically illustrated the traits of Premier League football,” says Kieran Ronan, Nike GM of Global Equipment. “A ball that felt hyper-technical and precise in nature, but also inspired by this English culture of living and breathing Premier League football.”The ball is designed to give players an extra edge through construction that builds off the features of the previous Merlin model:
It is comprised of four fuse-welded panels that create a bigger "sweet spot;" this enables greater range and accuracy.
Nike Aerowtrack grooves on the ball ensure a more consistent flight path. Urban Grip, an updated version of Nike’s All Nike Air Max 90 Femme Rose Conditions Control (ACC) technology, allows for increased traction on all surfaces and in any weather.With $10,000 and an ask for 400 handmade flags, Baker went to Adidas Ultra Boost Womens work. But the flag company helping to make the flags could not come up with enough pink fabric, so he had to remove pink from the flag. To make it an even split for the parade reveal, he removed turquoise from the flag.
Forty years later, the six-color flag remains the ultimate global symbol of unity among the LGBTQIA+ community.
To celebrate Baker’s impact and memorialize his legacy, Nike partnered with the Gilbert Baker Estate, working hand-in-hand to create this year’s 2019 BETRUE collection. For the first time, the footwear, Nike Air Max 90 Womens apparel and accessories all feature the icon’s original eight-color flag, as well as other meaningful “Gilbert-y” touches and symbols of Pride.In a Nike Air Max 90 Femme career spanning 24 years, Serena Williams has defined herself as a champion in many roles — as a mother, a woman, an athlete and a barrier-breaking icon. Williams’ Nike Air Max 95 Womens full persona inspires designer Virgil Abloh, who channels her pioneering spirit through a cape-jacket designed in collaboration with Nike."I love when fashion becomes a vehicle for sharing a powerful message. With Nike and Virgil, we've created pieces that aim to inspire a new generation of athletes everywhere," says Williams.
In addition to the cape-jacket, Abloh and Nike have created a limited-edition T-shirt and hat. Shown above, these items will release on nike.com in Europe and North America and sell at Nike Champs-Elysees Nike Air Huarache Femme and P75 in Paris once Serena takes the court.
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