Artist Eric Haze designs Spyder’s Olympic uniforms – WWD


New York artist Eric Haze helps American ski teams up their fashion game.

Haze worked with Spyder to design the uniforms for the U.S. Alpine Skiing, Freestyle Skiing and Freestyle Skiing teams for the Winter Olympics, which are due to begin next month in Beijing. Spyder, which is owned by Authentic Brands Group, has been an Official Apparel Partner of the US Ski Team since 1989 and will be represented by more than 60 athletes at upcoming Games.

Haze’s design was inspired by the American flag. The collection features durable, technically advanced outerwear, base layers and accessories, as well as the artist’s signature Star logo and hand-painted designs.

“It’s an incredible honor to put my fingerprints on the uniforms of the US Alpine Ski Team, US Freestyle Ski Team and US Freeski Team, especially when they wear them on a world stage as huge as the Beijing Olympics,” Haze said. . “I can’t wait to see the teams compete there.”

Alpine skier Alice Merryweather in a Spyder look, designed by Eric Haze.

Brady Collings, Spyder’s global managing director, said that over the past nine years the brand has outfitted teams, the goal has been to provide athletes with a “competitive advantage while integrating comfort and protection from the cold” . This year is no exception and working with Eric Haze has allowed us to bring a fresh design perspective while infusing the technology and performance athletes and team have come to expect from Spyder. This collection will give our athletes the edge they need to perform at their best and win gold.

The 29 garments, as well as the eyewear, in the collection have been developed with direct feedback from athletes to ensure they work for each specific discipline. All outerwear styles feature Gore-Tex fabrics, Primaloft Eco insulation and YKK zippers. The Freestyle Ski and Freeski team outerwear uses 100% recycled polyester fabric with a Gore-Tex laminate and PFCecFree DWR and PrimaLoft SilverECO insulation, and the Alpine Ski team outerwear uses a new fabric exterior woven with Gore-Tex Laminate and PFCecFree DWR. New base layer technology will also be offered, in an exclusive Kevlar/Graphene cut resistant stretch knit pant.

For the first time, Spyder also offers a one-piece air jump kit and ski cross race suit. The brand worked with Dragon to design the NFX Spyder goggles which feature a frameless lens for better peripheral vision.

A lifestyle version of the collection is offered for sale to the public on Spyder’s website. It includes t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, and accessories featuring Haze’s designs that range in price from $25 to $149.


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