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What’s In Their Wardrobe? // Nigel Sylvester

From his long tenure with the Nike team as a professional BMX rider and his awaited signature Jordan 1 that’s launching this weekend, Nigel Sylvester has curated his own style that also pairs well with a wide range of other Swoosh sporting favorites.

The Nigel Sylvester x Air Jordan 1 was designed to match the way his Jordan 1s look after rigorous riding sessions with distressed marks throughout which are typically caused by using his shoe as a brake. This simple idea factors into creating his own wardrobe style. It’s fairly simple and versatile enough so that it’s almost guaranteed to match whatever shoes Nike’s sending him on a regular basis.

Living in New York City, Nigel Sylvester is naturally exposed to an eclectic assortment of streetwear and clothing brands in a short radius of each other. And since he spends a lot of time actually riding his bike and filming his acclaimed GO videos in exotic destinations around the world, his style has to be practical and functional while he’s mastering impressive video parts and longwinded trick list.

Tricks to Master Minimalism

Nigel Sylvester is known for having an incredibly minimal style. That being said, it makes a statement and it’s versatile while he’s out riding. His go-to style as of late has been a simple long-sleeve shirt and black skinny jeans, making it easy to stack with his arsenal of Jordan 1s in almost every colorway. As shown in his GO film from the New York stop, there’s a scene of him going into the A.P.C. store in Soho where he cashes in on some of the brand’s Petit New Standard jeans.

More often than not, his color palette is fairly muted, which allows most of the attention to stay focused on his shoes. And when the temperature in New York finally start to dip, he’s breaking out his impressive layering game that makes his fashion style seem like a daily uniform that’s also helpful for staying warm. Brands like Alpha Industries offer plenty of simple styles with wearable looks, which Nigel also incorporates into his own wardrobe.

Nigel Sylvester wearing the Nike SB Jordan 1 x Lance Mountain. Roof-rack not included.
Nigel Sylvester wearing the Lance Mountain 1s. Roof-rack not included.
Black on black is an easy way to add some metallic flair.
Black on black is an easy way to add some metallic flair.
Aime Leon Dore bomber with the red Metallic Jordan 1s.
Aime Leon Dore bomber with Metallic Red Jordan 1s.
The easy combo when you live in paradise.
The easy combo when you live in paradise.
Easy pairings for when you're always on the go.
Easy pairings for when you’re always on the go.
The brakes come out of the box looking a little worn in.
The brakes come out of the box looking a little worn in.
Style tricks when traveling to Tokyo.
Style tricks when traveling to Tokyo.
The new way to do black and blue.
The new way to do black and blue.
The ball's in your court if you already pair your Royals with black jeans and black long-sleeves.
The ball’s in your court if you already pair your Royals with black jeans and black long-sleeves.
The elephant in the room is the fact that Nigel Sylvester made his style look impeccably easy and sophisticated at the same time.
The elephant in the room is the fact that Nigel Sylvester made his style look impeccably easy and sophisticated at the same time.

Biking is a Sport. Dress for It.

BMX riding is as much of a sport as the other categories that Nike represents, so you may as well dress the part. Only unlike a team uniform dress code, anything goes. Nigel Sylvester was recently involved in KITH’s sport lookbook, where he debuted a series of warm-up essentials and kicks that were included in the brand’s seasonal offerings, wearing shoes like the KITH x Nike Air Maestro 2s and Air Pippen 1s.

And like any other sport, it’s all about dressing for the weather, especially in the sometimes extremes of both ends of the weather spectrum in New York. Just before heading to London and Paris for his most recent GO movie stop, Nigel Sylvester spent a few days in Dubai where he broke out some BAPE camo sweat shorts with a fresh pair of Jordan 1s for a practical look that also matches the impressiveness of his bike stunts.

Broadening the definition of elevated basics.
Broadening the definition of elevated basics.
It's hard to get any more air than this.
It’s hard to get any more air than this.
Walk on the wild side.
Walk on the wild side.
Keep it neutral and easy up top if you want your shoes to pop.
Keep it neutral and easy up top if you want your shoes to pop.
Take flight. Ride in Jordans.
Take flight. Ride in Jordans.
Think there's a more bougie way to basics?
Think there’s a more bougie way to basics?
When the warm-up becomes the heat up.
When the warm-up becomes the heat up.
New whip with the red brakes.
New whip with the red brakes.
Nigel Sylvester showing the cozy way to elevate your street style.
Nigel Sylvester showing the cozy way to elevate your street style.

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Nigel Sylvester Debuts Upcoming Air Jordan 1 Collaboration

BMX pro Nigel Sylvester announced earlier this year that he had an Air Jordan 1 collaboration in the works. Sylvester later spoke in greater detail about the upcoming release while introducing the latest installment to his budding “GO” campaign in New York City. Today he debuts the collaborative sneaker for the very first time.

The first to ever touch the Jumpman logo on a BMX bike. Release info coming soon. @jumpman23 shot: @ralphyramos #JordanBikingCo #GOmode

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On its face, the design is one of the more inspired that we’ve seen from the Air Jordan 1 in recent times. Nigel, who almost exclusively rides in the famed 1985 design, is intimately aware with how the shoe wears after extreme usage. That said, his design takes on a weathered aesthetic seen through a Sail colored upper to mimic yet circumvent the aging process. Coupled with a black nylon tongue, a miniature Swoosh stamps the lateral toe while strategically placed scuff marks round the front foot and heel.

Nigel’s adoration for the Air Jordan 1 has long been felt in still images and many of his viral videos. From the “Shadows” to the “Royals” and everything in between, Sylvester has biked in the lot of them. There’s a matrimony between Sylvester and the Air Jordan 1 that dates back years. Later this month, when the shoe is expected to release on August 22, that union will join the Lance Mountain x Air Jordan 1 in rare air.

Expect more details on the Nigel Sylvester x Air Jordan 1 in the weeks to come.

Nigel Sylvester x Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG

Colorway: Sail/Varsity Red-Reflect Silver-White
Style #: BV1803-106

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How Nigel Langley Landed An Adidas Job To Become The Industry’s Youngest Sneaker Designer

words // Nick DePaula:

Decades ago, top designers polished their craft through years of design school or even university architecture programs, while not knowing they’d eventually end up designing sneakers. More recently, aspiring artists have honed their skils through footwear-specific programs like D’Wayne Edwards’ Pensole Academy. Nowadays, simply posting quality work and innovative concepts on a personal social media account can catch the attention of just the right person.


Adidas VP Marc Dolce’s initial Instagram direct message response to Nigel

For Nigel Langley Jr, that’s exactly how he landed a coveted role at the adidas Brooklyn Creator Farm last year, making him the youngest designer in the footwear industry at just 17 years-old. After making the hour-plus daily trek from his hometown of Bloomfield, New Jersey to the Brooklyn studio, he’s been working away at the brand’s esteemed innovation and design space on a flurry of top-secret projects.

The Farm is currently designing for initiatives slated to launch in 2019 and 2020.

“It all started out in the most modern of fashions,” smiles Nigel. “Actually, through Instagram.”

Thanks to a nudge from one of his classmates, Instagram became the showcase space for his raw talent.

“I was sketching in a driver’s ed class one day when a good friend of mine suggested that I post my work on Instagram,” he recalls. “Whenever I would post, I would tag the designers I admired and looked up to, like Marc Dolce, Denis Dekovic, Mark Miner and Scott Robertson. I just kept at it, reaching out to different designers and brands in an effort to start any dialog.”

In a first-person essay on the adidas blog, Langley recently described his passions, aspirations and design perspectives. As he outlines, it was through a series of initial direct message conversations with adidas design VP Marc Dolce way back in the fall of 2015, when he was just 16, that eventually led him down the path of the job offer.

After a back and forth of Instagram exchanges, Dolce invited Langley to meet with him after a class at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute, where he was co-teaching a design course at his former school. While looking to simply impart some wisdom and advice for the emerging artist, Dolce came away inspired by Langley’s ambition and raw art talent.

• It was so great to meet the talented @_Nigel_Langley today at @PrattInstitute. I was so impressed with Nigel’s skills and his eagerness to learn about footwear design. He’s only 16, and his future is bright!

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“I was so impressed with Nigel’s skills and his eagerness to learn about footwear design,” Dolce posted on Instagram right after their meeting. “He’s only 16, and his future is bright!”

“It was both an honor and a privilege to meet and converse with one of my favorite designers Marc Dolce today at Pratt Institute,” Langley captioned. “I learned so much from him today and I’ll definitely be applying that knowledge in the near future.”

The following year, the adidas Brooklyn Creator Farm opened its doors, and shortly after, Nigel was added to the team.

“He wanted me there,” beams Langley. “I’m not going to say no to Marc Dolce.”

After turning 18 just this past June 1st, Langley will continue working at the Farm, and also begin his university studies at the renowned New York-based Parsons School of Design. A member of the Class of 2021, the youngster knows he’ll have a long road ahead for his career. In the meantime, he’s looking to “soak everything up” at the Farm, learning everything from design skills, computer program techniques and construction methods from his more seasoned crew of co-workers.

“I don’t always feel like the youngest,” he says of the Farm. “There’s a lot of young, fresh and creative minds here.”

Early on in his art pursuits as he entered high school, Langley wanted to design cars and trains, and looked into transportation programs and online tutorials to refine his skills. He was endlessly sketching all the while, filling up notebooks with both messy thumbnails and detailed concepts alike.

Still, there was a certain element of freshness and innovation to sneakers that drew him in, along with the cultural impact that the industry affords by being seen on the feet of the world’s greatest athletes and entertainers. Footwear was also personal for Langley — his feet are nearly arch-less and “extremely flat,” as he described online. It’s an ongoing issue he’d learned to deal with, that also served as a point of inspiration.

“Even to this day, it is exceptionally hard for me to find shoes that look good on my feet or that I can comfortably wear,” he says. “This is the irony in me wanting to be a footwear designer. Not being able to wear the amazing silhouettes that I see now inspires me to create new equally amazing forms for the future.”

Ever since, Langley has relentlessly pursued a passion for sneaker design that’s allowed him to become one of the brightest prospects in the game.

While it might be a few years before we see Nigel’s work come to market, you can surely expect to be hearing his name for a long time to come.

Listen to Nigel Langley speak about his experience at the Brooklyn Creator Farm so far in the video below:

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Nigel Cabourn 2016 Spring/Summer Collection

For next year’s spring/summer season, British fashion designer Nigel Cabourn has released a curated selection of looks that explore his affinity with military-inspired outerwear and functional vintage reintroductions. The collection takes the form of dated western silhouettes while referencing the workwear of coal miners and their more affluent counterparts from years gone by. The color palette has been limited and features little more than 5 predominant colors including shades of indigo navy, military green, seasonal off-white and beige with styled combinations hinting at the casual wear of early Navy Seal cadets. Most pieces are loosely tailored and introduce the use of functional pocketing and patchwork fabric overlays to solidify their references and direction. Most importantly, 30% of the collection has been constructed in collaboration with original 1920s Liverpudlian workwear manufacturer Lybro, whom of which also supplied the props used throughout. More information is soon to made available directly at Nigel Cabourn’s official website.


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Converse 1st String x Nigel Cabourn Chuck Taylor 1970 Hi


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27 03 2014 converse x cabourn ct1970hi white redclay 1 Converse 1st String x Nigel Cabourn Chuck Taylor 1970 Hi

The first round of collaboration between Nigel Cabourn and sneaker legends Converse was something truly special and this latest project more than meets the standards set by the legendary British designers take on the Bosey. One again working with Ventile cotton, a signature Cabourn material used by WWII fighter pilots for its incredible durability and weather proof qualities, Nigel has reworked the Chuck Taylor 1970 Hi. Incorporating full Ventile uppers in a clean white and red colorway, the Converse 1st String x Nigel Cabourn Chuck Taylor 1970 Hi sits on top of rubber sole unit constructed in line with this silhouettes classic 1970′s specifications. You can pick up a pair here.

27 03 2014 converse x cabourn ct1970hi white redclay 2 Converse 1st String x Nigel Cabourn Chuck Taylor 1970 Hi

27 03 2014 converse x cabourn ct1970hi white redclay 3 Converse 1st String x Nigel Cabourn Chuck Taylor 1970 Hi

27 03 2014 converse x cabourn ct1970hi white redclay 9 Converse 1st String x Nigel Cabourn Chuck Taylor 1970 Hi

27 03 2014 converse x cabourn ct1970hi white redclay 10 Converse 1st String x Nigel Cabourn Chuck Taylor 1970 Hi

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Nigel Cabourn x Converse First String 1970s Chuck Taylor All Star Hi “Ventile”

Nigel Cabourn and Converse First String have teamed up to create this 1970s Chuck Taylor All Star Hi “Ventile.” The perfect casual sneaker for spring showers, its upper is made from Ventile — a densely woven cotton that is both water- and wind-resistant and guaranteed to help keep your feet dry. Meanwhile, the crisp combination of off-white and red make these a great bet for when the sun is out. Look for the collaboration at select Converse First String stockists soon.


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