Day Owl is an everyday carry brand designed by Almanac. Day Owl product design is guided by American pragmatism, considering notes of Japanese minimalism, Swiss functionality and Indigenous sustainability. Day Owl products are created from recycled inputs and designed for repair and reuse. Most objects end up in the landfill, ours start there and never go back.
FEIT is a footwear brand that crafts hand sewn and constructed shoes from all natural materials. Since 2016, Alm Projects has collaborated with Tull Price, founder and head designer, on the company’s complete footwear range. We help to conceptualize each collection in addition to following each shoe through design refinement, material sourcing, and development.
The Kobe AD NXT FF is a basketball shoe made for the tragically late Kobe Bryant. Kobe had retired from the NBA when this shoe was in development (AD), but he was still very involved in the game and very particular about the performance of his footwear, requiring that each model provide a measurable improvement over the last (NXT). This particular model is the first Nike basketball shoe to contain the Fast Fit (FF) laceless system. Alm Projects helped to create a new material palette for a shoe that at the time was over budget. Utilizing layers of lightweight materials, the complex internal architecture of the shoe was celebrated while strategic use of durable materials ensured the product would withstand the rigor of Kobe's style of play. Rest in peace to a man and his daughter who are both gone entirely too soon.
FEIT is a footwear and accessory brand built on an uncompromising ideal of quality and craft with with a commitment to building products out of naturally-occurring materials. In our time working with the brand, we have helped to translate FEIT's approach to product into accessories. What started as ideation into what other types of products FEIT could channel its ethos into evolved into the design, material sourcing, and development of the brand's first range of bags, a shoe care kit, and some naturally-crafted knit goods.
LeBron works hard in the offseason, getting stronger and fine-tuning his already devastating skills. Inspired by his dedication and commitment to inclusivity, the Soldier 13 SFG combines LeBron-tested cushioning, containment and support with a wide, flexible collar and lace-free closure that lets all players get in and out of the shoe with ease.
The "American Painters" collection applies colors from a diverse array of American paintings and applies them to classic New Balance styles. We utilized our background in color theory along with patience and respect for the color development process to channel a meaningful and unique use of color into this collection.
Second Hand is an exercise in extending the life of materials and objects. This project is founded on viewing "products" as material capable of organizing into many things. We discovered existing industrial waste streams such as blankets from the moving industry to source materials responsibly, diverting these materials from landfill. The project includes a chore jacket built from a discarded moving blanket and a pair of knit tabi clogs made with second hand yarn and a sole taken from used Nike Air Rift sneakers.
The Almanac brand concept circa 2017 was centered around designing product for specific global climate zones. This allowed us to identify specific problems pertinent to the terrain and weather that different parts of our world face to better provide solutions to these problems in our products. We started the design process for each of the three silhouettes by digging into the specific climate zone each was aimed toward to figure out what foot protection was needed. After solving and experimenting with the utility of the product we refined the designs to create aesthetically sustainable product that has all of the functionality of hyper-engineered outdoor footwear with a paired down aesthetic. We showcased this idea by designing three shoes: the Sift Mule, a sandal designed for the lowland subtropical environment that balances moisture management with protection, the Concrete Low and High, sneakers that can stand up to the rough surfaces in the urban temperate environment, and the Taiga Boot, a supportive boot built for the boreal taiga environment that allows for full range of motion.
Bounce like never before in the Zoom Rize, Nike Basketball's artfully crafted creation for the upwardly mobile. This mid-top provides containment and support up through the ankle, while an extra-large Nike Zoom Air unit under the ball of your foot redefines how responsive a shoe can be.
The New Balance Tropical 574 collection merges the organic beauty of tropical fish with a layered composite that changes color by laser etching. To bridge the organic inspiration to the digital manufacturing methods, we began with improvised drawings on paper influenced by the lion, dragon, and scorpion fish. Each of these drawings were then scanned to bitmap files and converted to points correlating to different sizes and laser temperatures. The results are objects defined by their fluidity between the digital and analog.
What Lies Ahead is a brand that channels the purposefulness of evolution to create functional apparel that allows humanity to connect more deeply with nature. The project culminated in a five-piece system that is designed to work seamlessly with the wearer’s needs, causing minimal distraction from their surroundings. The system is centered around a cargo vest that eliminates the need for a backpack by more evenly distributing the weight of items commonly carried by day-hikers, integrating them more seamlessly with hiking movements and allowing for easy access. The system also features a tapered fit zip-off pant with built-in compression shorts and a cover-all poncho that is compact and waterproof and still allows the user to see their dry cargo underneath.
The ACG Tolero is a sneaker concept that combines data mapping techniques and inspiration from the human anatomy to create a sustainable and versatile sneaker for the urban environment. The final design features a sole, insole, heel piece, and a single strap based on support bands in the foot that combine to create a 360° custom fit system. The strap pulls the sole and insole upward and around the foot, cradling it in a fixed position. This system also allows the shoe to be fully recyclable when the product’s lifespan ends as there are no adhesives used in its construction. This modularity also allows the user to adapt to the elements in true All Conditions Gear fashion: The user can wear the Tolero with no bootie as a sandal for maximum breathability while carrying the water resistant mid-cut bootie in case of more harsh weather. The high bootie and long strap can be swapped out for late afternoon comfort and compression.