Adidas Y-3 announced yesterday [Thursday, January 14] a space-apparel partnership with Virgin Galactic.
The prototypes of their future pilot flight-suits and boots were unveiled at Spaceport America in New Mexico, home to Virgin Galactic’s Gateway to Space terminal.
— Spaceport America (@Spaceport_NM) January 14, 2016
Adidas Y-3 stated:
The Y-3 design team has paired the Adidas brand’s technical know-how and Y-3’s directional approach to style with the use of advanced fabrics, special techniques and bespoke specifications to ensure fit, comfort and performance. This flight-suit is being designed to fully support a pilot’s natural seating position as identified through a series of tests and trials with the Virgin Galactic pilot corps. Material engineering is key, as the flight-suit has been constructed from Nomex Meta Aramid materials through a 3D engineered pattern.”
— adidasUSPRGuy (@adidasUSPRGuy) January 14, 2016
Adidas Y-3 described:
“The specially developed flight boot contains leather and Nomex materials and features advanced structural details for tailored functionally, including an outsole with TRAXION™ outsole lugs for ultimate grip and an adiPRENE® heel insert for comfort and shock absorption. These prototypes have reached a stage of maturity that will enable pilots to start trialing them in-flight during Virgin Galactic’s flight test program, so that their feedback on such features and functionality can be integrated into a fully resolved and test-proven design.”
With a pioneering spirit and dedication to pushing the boundaries of possibility, Adidas Y-3 and Virgin Galactic are developing the intersection of fashion and space, underpinned by a shared approach to design and innovation.
— Y-3 (@adidasY3) January 14, 2016
Award-winning and influential Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto debuted the Y-3 line and collection in 2003. The Tokyo and Paris based master tailor is known for his avant-garde tailoring featuring Japanese design aesthetics.
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